Paying tribute to the first ladies of the past

My book club meets monthly to review books. Each member picks one book a year, and every time we end up with an assortment of good books. This is good for all of us, as we can fall into a rut and stay with the same kinds of books we’d normally seek out.

This month, our book was “Upstairs at the White House; My Years with the First Ladies,” by J. B. West, who was a head honcho in the White House for 30 years. The book covered six administrations, from Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt to Richard and Pat Nixon.

It isn’t a tell-all scandal-laden account of their private lives, but a record of their time in the White House, while

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