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Everything beautiful in its time : seasons of love and loss
2020
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Jenna Bush-Hager was born on November 25, 1981 in Texas and is the daughter of the 43rd President George W. Bush. She earned a degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She then went on to become a journalist, author and teacher. She is the author and editor of the magazine Southern Living. She has also written several books including Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, Read All About It!, Our Great Big Backyard, and Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life. Her titles often reach the bestseller lists.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Summary

Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life.

To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America's powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning--timeless lessons that continue to guide her.

In Midland, Texas, Jenna's maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch--Pa and Grammee--a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna's childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice--teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things.

Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First--cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara--Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents' sage advice and incomparable spirits.

In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future--providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.

"As long as I'm alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten. . . . I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always."

Table of Contents
My Four Grandparentsp. 1
Hiding from My Favorite People on Earthp. 5
Sister Love and Sister Strifep. 11
A Letter from Ganny on Barbara's and My Birthdayp. 25
Do Not Speak to Me of "Balance"p. 27
The Wrong Moviep. 33
Out There on the Waterp. 39
Henry's Letter to Gampyp. 47
The Opposite of Fear Is Lovep. 51
Times I Have Cried (a Partial List)p. 63
Gentle Protectionp. 67
A Letter from Jenna and Barbara to Sasha and Maltap. 77
"To Thine Own Self Be True"p. 83
Comfort Carep. 91
Mirror, Mirrorp. 103
The Greatest Giftp. 111
"I Know You Miss Them, Too"p. 117
Summer Rainp. 125
"Poor Henry"p. 131
My Girls as Sistersp. 137
The Stone Ringp. 143
Dreams of My Motherp. 149
"Every Woman Gets Her Baby in Her Time"p. 157
"I Learned a Lot from Our Lunch"p. 165
Haroldp. 181
April Showers Bring May Fogp. 189
Saying Goodbye to Grammee Jennap. 197
Happy Birthday, Gannyp. 209
Father's Day in Mainep. 213
Walking to the Gatep. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
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