Friday, June 24, 2016
FIRST FAMILIES AND THE WHITE HOUSE
The book covers the Kennedys to the Obamas and tells about the housekeepers, butlers, electricians, chefs, kitchen staff and door men that served them. Readers will enjoy finding out the answers to such questions as which first family was most beloved by the staff and which first family was the most difficult. The Residence gives a bird’s eye view of the White House geography and explains the public spaces and the private living quarters and where the staff interact. Some of the most interesting information has to do with the meals the first families eat. Families must pay for all their food and that of their personal guests and how some families had specific tastes and others happily ate whatever was prepared. And, the book is also revealing about the staff, who sometimes work from morning until 2AM and who sometimes must use every ounce of diplomacy to be of service.
Both books, which can be found at the Monrovia Public Library, are exceptionally interesting and entertaining for individuals and book groups.