Laura Bush's unrevealing memoir?
The former First Lady opens up about the tragic 1963 crash that left a friend dead — but sheds little light on her White House years, say some critics
What does Laura Bush's memoir reveal?
What does Laura Bush's memoir reveal?

Laura Bush's upcoming memoir, Spoken from the Heart — leaked to the press this week — has come up short on the "revelations" front, with one exception: Her moving account of the guilt she felt when she ran a stop sign as a teenager driver in 1963, killing a friend. The former first lady also delves into politics, but not, say some critics, satisfyingly. The memoir paints a "revealing and evocative" picture of her youth in rural Texas, writes Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, but "sheds not the faintest light" on her husband's Presidency. How calm a person must Laura Bush be, marvels Steven Levingston in The Washington Post. Throughout a presidency marked by "intense partisanship," she cannot "muster anything more than an aghast gee-whiz" at her and her husband's treatment by the media. Here's a CNN discussion of her book's more contentious details:



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