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New book examines the lives of first ladies, from Nancy Reagan to Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama with former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A new book from author Kate Anderson Brower reviewed by USA Today this week aims to give insight into the lives of America’s first ladies since Jacqueline Kennedy. “What makes them so compelling is their shared humanity, their imperfection,” she writes in First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies. Brower is a former White House correspondent for Bloomberg News.

In the book are profiles of Nancy Reagan, who held great influence over her husband during his presidency, and first ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Barbara and Laura Bush are each profiled for their respective time spent in the White House as well. USA Today gave the book three out of four stars, describing the text as a “gossipy, but surprisingly deep, look at the women who help and sometimes overshadow their powerful husbands.”

Read the full review at USA Today.

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