DC Women

Strong and supportive with nerves of steel.  Independent yet fiercely loyal.  Protective and smart with a heart of gold. Poised and elegant. Charming and magnetic. Is this week’s book list about female superheroes from the world of DC Comics? No, these books all feature wives of the men in politics within our nation’s capitol. However, these fictional and non-fictional characters can be just as fascinating as many superheroes.

If you are also intrigued by these women and their roles, you may enjoy some of the books below. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them.

Check out this list of books about first ladies and other women in politics.
Check out this list of books about first ladies and other women in politics.

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

This fictional story follows a couple with political aspirations as they navigate the politics scene of Washington DC. They befriend another couple with similar goals. As the lives of these two couples become more intertwined, their relationship becomes tumultuous – sometimes they enjoy and appreciate one another, sometimes they are disgusted with one another, boundaries are crossed, jealousy rears, and relationships are tested.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

This main character of this fictional story is loosely inspired by Laura Bush.  The story itself is good, but once you realize who it is inspired by, it becomes excessively intriguing.

The First Women by Kate Andersen Brower

This “group biography” about the modern first ladies is downright fascinating.  It gives us a glimpse of the life and trials of being a first lady in the current day by sharing insights and anecdotes about Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.

Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn

Who doesn’t admire Eleanor Roosevelt – her strength, her resolve, her compassion and her influence? Learn more about the true friendship she shared with reporter Lorena Hickok, and discover how their intimacy made them both stronger women.

Are you as fascinated by these women as I am?

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  1. I went to a First Ladies exhibit at the Carter Center here in Atlanta years ago. It was fascinating! Eleanor Roosevelt has always been my favorite for some reason. I’ll have to check out that book. Thanks for the recommendation!

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