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By Karen Hughes

ISBN-10: 0143034979

ISBN-13: 9780143034971

ISBN-10: 0786546271

ISBN-13: 9780786546275

“The rule of thumb in any White home is that no-one is fundamental other than the president,” stated the recent York instances, “but Karen Hughes has come as just about that description as any fresh presidential aide.” Karen Hughes has labored beside President George W. Bush on account that, as she says, “the motorcade used to be just one vehicle and he was once occasionally the single using it.” As counselor to the president, she introduced the operating mom’s viewpoint to the White apartment, frequently asking of President Bush’s regulations, “What does this suggest for the typical person?” but the movement from Texas to Washington used to be difficult on her relations, and in a arguable, headline-making determination that reverberated throughout the United States, she selected to put relatives first and give up the nation’s capital to come to Austin. There, Hughes keeps to suggest the president, the place the kitchen wall calendar marks the nation of the Union message part through aspect together with her son’s orthodontist appointments. during this disarmingly down-to-earth, hot, usually humorous, and frank e-book, Hughes seems to be at her special profession in George W. Bush’s internal circle and the common matters of balancing paintings and relations. Ten mins from Normal—the name comes from the crusade trail––is a notable combination of the tale of a “normal” lady who rose to nice heights and an insightful examine American politics and America’s forty-third president. it is a booklet for the legions of ladies and males far and wide who're looking new notion for a way to recollect their priorities and attain stability of their lives. most crucial, in a post-9/11 international, Hughes redefines the very inspiration of what's “normal” as whatever distinct and important, by no means to be taken with no consideration in the United States back.

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The women all ate in the kitchen, including the hostess, but respecting American custom, our hosts insisted that my mother eat with my father and the men in the dining room. My mother later told me she was very uncomfortable. So was I, since I realized my parents would want me to be polite and I had to force myself to choke down the soup, knowing the birds I had watched die were in it. Our family was very close, and our many moves were just a fact of life, part of Dad’s job. It never would have occurred to me to question them, but I am envious when I meet people who have lifelong friends.

I found myself longing to be rested enough to want to go out to dinner with my husband or get together with friends. I didn’t make a decision the night Jerry and I first talked about moving home; I agonized for weeks. And when I finally made up my mind, I realized the seeds had been planted long before, by parents who had taught me that faith and family matter most in life. Once again, as I had when I had left reporting for my first political campaign almost twenty years earlier, I found myself yearning for a life that was a little more normal.

My parents took me with them as they traveled throughout Europe as young newlyweds, taking advantage of the opportunity to see the Alps in Switzerland, the fjords in Norway, the canals in Venice, the great art and antiquities in Rome. It must have been an amazing experience, especially for my mother, Patricia Rose Scully, who had grown up in Kentucky, one of ten children in a rambunctious Irish Catholic family whose world was 14 | Ten Minutes from Normal shattered when her father died suddenly of a massive heart attack when she was eleven.

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