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The Residence
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House | Kate Andersen Brower
Absolutely delicious.Washington Post From the mystique of the glamorous Kennedys to the tumult that surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton during the presidents impeachment to the historic tenure of Barack and Michelle Obama, each new administration brings a unique set of personalities to the White Houseand a new set of challenges to the fiercely loyal and hardworking people who serve them: the White House residence staff. In her runaway bestseller The Residence, former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower pulls back the curtain on the worlds most famous address. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, chefs, florists, doormen, and other staffersas well as conversations with three former first ladies and the children of four presidentsBrower offers a group portrait of the dedicated professionals who orchestrate lavish state dinners; stand ready during meetings with foreign dignitaries; care for the president and first ladys young children; and cater to every need the first couple may have, however sublime or, on occasion, ridiculous. Superbly reported. . . . A fascinating backstage account of the worlds most famous residence.Judy Woodruff, anchor, PBS NewsHour and former White House Correspondent for NBC News
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Zelma
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Trying to catch up on old reviews. This book was a lot of fun - breezy, informative, gossipy but not mean. The book looks at staff experiences in White House residence for the Kennedy administration through the Obama administration. Each chapter is a different facet of staff life or values (like discretion or loyalty) and includes stories from all of those presidencies. Continued below.

Zelma It doesn‘t get too scandalous because staffers are so discreet. But retired staffers do tell some fun stories, especially from earlier administrations. Favorite families are definitely the Bushes (especially George and Barbara). And a really interesting chapter shows the Kennedy assassination from the staff‘s POV. 3mo
MrBook Nice review! 3mo
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Sharpeipup
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An interesting read about modern day discretion and professionalism.
#audiobook

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Tamra
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Mehso-so

Cross between People Magazine and history. 😆 I felt a little like I was a voyeur, peeping in the windows of the WH. 👀

cathysaid Is it wrong that you sold me with your use of “voyeur”? 😬 10mo
Tamra @cathysaid bahahaha! Nope, it is a backdoor peep. I had no idea the residence staff as a whole is a fixture. They are really the ones who hold the lease, so to speak. 10mo
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MeganMarieWrites
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Give me your best FICTION reads from 2018; I‘m off to the bookstore tomorrow looking for something new to read! ❤️📚

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GlassAsDiamonds
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I read this and loved it - it‘s oddly insightful and a fascinating read! If you‘re tempted, it‘s on Kindle sale at the moment 😊😊😊

iread2much This looks amazing! 11mo
GlassAsDiamonds @iread2much I can‘t actually remember how I ended up with it but I was very surprised at just how good it was and how much I enjoyed it! 😊😊😊 11mo
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Pamwurtzler
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Backstairs at the #white house, back in the day. #readingresolutions

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CouronneDhiver
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Fascinating!

Along similar lines as the movie “The Butler” ... stories from the service staff inside the White House.

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I wonder how their experiences differ between the current and previous first families ... 🤔

Stacypatrice This looks great.... just added it to my tbr list 🙃 2y
Crazeedi Looks good 2y
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emilyesears
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I had 3 old (I‘m talking like high school graduation 8 years ago) Barnes & Noble gift cards in my desk. I never remember to take them when I go, so yesterday I put them in my purse and made a special B&N trip. They had no $ on them, but I got these 2 off the clearance rack so I didn‘t spend a lot. Then today when I got home, there were B&N coupons in my mail. Surely that‘s coincidence right? It can‘t have gotten to my house in barely 24 hours?

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kiminreverse
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My favorite thing about this was how the narrator has a perfect voice for every person, from elderly African American former butlers to Nancy Reagan and Bill Clinton. The book itself is good too! She crafts a strong narrative from numerous interviews, and the peek behind the scenes is so fun. #audiobooks

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littleblogofbooks
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I am soooo ready for this. I think I've uncovered a new wheelhouse of mine - behind the scenes with political staffers and other employees. Yessss

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Chelsibeau
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There were some really interesting stories in here. Tons of fun facts to tell at a party, however the way they were strung together was subpar. It read like random stories organized into general topics. It could have been really great if there had been a narrative there.

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ssravp
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Absolutely fascinating account of the people who make the most famous address run from day to day.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Can a book be both boring and gossipy? Turns out, yes. Didn't love the narration and the final straw was the mispronounciation of Rosalyn Carter's name (and the narrator is a southerner, I believe). Nope.

Susanita I take it you didn't like the book? 😜 3y
julesG Now I'm intrigued. How should "Rosalyn" be pronounced? I'd probably do it wrong. 3y
Well-ReadNeck @julesG It's pronounced ROSE a lyn, not ROZ a lyn. Nit picking, I know. 😜 I know folks each way, but Mrs. Carter uses The first. (edited) 3y
julesG @Well-ReadNeck Thanks. That is how I'd pronounce it, woukd have got that one right, at least. ;) 3y
mischa There is another book written by a former secret service agent about his time in the White House. I think I only made it about 20 pages in before I was so overwhelmed by my disgust at how gossipy it was. 3y
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Donnasmiles
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These are the two I'm in the midst of...Loving The Chaperone and have just been skimming different stories in The Residence. Enjoying both!

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Ellsbeth
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I was lucky to have a hard time deciding on favorites this month! None of my December books were less than "very good." Thanks to my comic binge & the holidays, I read a lot more in December. I struggle on how to count comics. The shortest was a vol. of 122 pages & the longest was a compendium of 3 volumes at 1088 pages. I counted each physical book as 1 title due to tracking on Goodreads. How do you count comics? #DecemberReads #comics

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katyhobbs
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A well done inside look at the White House in modern times, and the people who make the White House function. The timeline is primarily the Kennedy years through 2014, though there are a few references as far back as the Truman administration. There are flaws inherent in this type of work--all the info is dependent on memories in a secretive atmosphere, so there is no reliable way to verify what we're reading is accurate. I still love it!

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Ellsbeth
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This was a good audio book listen. It is a fascinating glimpse into the nuts and bolts of the White House and how the domestic staff serves the First Families. It helps to humanize our presidents & provides intriguing insights in both mundane and historical events. Also, I knew LBJ was "eccentric", but boy howdy... Photo: Nancy Regan with exec. pastry chef Roland Mesnier. #audio

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Posemn
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Whew! I have been in a pretty long post-election funk - really couldn't even read. This is the first book that came up on my library hold list once I started paying attention again. It made me feel hopeful, as if .... no matter WHO is in the White House, the people who take care of the president (whoever that is) and his family keep things on an even keel. ((small comforts))

ValerieAndBooks Welcome back 😊 3y
Posemn Thanks @ValerieAndBooks! It feels like coming back home and putting on my comfy flannels. Good to be back to reading too. 3y
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Ellsbeth
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The Residence is a great audio book to listen to while preparing Thanksgiving dinner. I'm really enjoying it. This photo is a Thanksgiving spread at the White House. Interesting fact: Presidential families have to pay a monthly food bill! #litsycooks

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KrisConstantReader
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This one looks intriguing...

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booksandblintzes
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This was an almost perfect book to listen to. Karen White's performance as narrator was spectacular. Kate Anderson Brower provides an insightful, thoughtful, and dignified description of life in the White House. I especially enjoyed the chapters discussing race, the 1st ladies, and the 1st children. Highly recommend!

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booksandblintzes

Where can I find a recording of Jackie O's tour of the White House?

MrBook Good question. I do know that you'll enjoy your stay here, so welcome to @Litsy 😊👍🏻! 3y
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acc5446
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So fab. Recommended for anyone who wants behind-the-scenes glimpses into several of the most recent White House residents. The pacing wasn't stellar, and some of the grouping of stories didn't always make sense, but the gossip is top-notch.

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acc5446
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A Downton Abbey reference is perfect for a book about the lives of the workers in the residence of the White House. This book is fascinating without being too gossipy (but there is some gossip!) and so far I am loving it.

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acc5446
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just a bit of my library haul. I'm so excited for these!

MrBook Ohhh, excellent choices! And for dessert? 3y
acc5446 @MrBook dessert was apple streusel 😊 3y
MrBook I had the cherry streudel 😎👍🏻 3y
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BeththeBookDragon
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The last real conversation I had with my dad before he died was about life in the White House. We watched George W Bush's inauguration together. Since then, I've made it a point to learn what I can.

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Dineen73
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Fascinating book - so many "behind the scenes" things to read about. The stories about JFK's assassination and 9/11, and how the residence workers were affected by these events, made me cry. However, I did NOT need to know that LBJ called a certain body part "Jumbo". Ha!

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Dineen73
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I love to throw a little non-fiction into my usual fiction mix. I love Presidential history so I'm finding this to be a quick read. Kind of "dishy" in a prim & proper way.

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anned2544
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Even though I have two book club books to start I'm going to try this one! Since my daughter has an internship in DC & living there this summer I'm suddenly fascinated with DC. Any suggestions are welcomed!

Suzy200 This has been on my audio wish list a while - look forward to hearing what you think and whether it's worth it. 3y
anned2544 @Suzy200 I enjoyed it and learned a lot! Looking forward to reading the First Wives soon.. 3y
Suzy200 That's great, I will bump it up my TBR list - 3y
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Lakesidemusing
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Behind the scenes at the White House....our 'first families' at home.

bermudaonion I bet my mom would love that. 4y
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