“The Residence” by Kate Anderson Brower

Kate Anderson Brower has written a New York Time bestseller, “The Residence”.  This book delves into the private world of the White House and its first families according to anecdotes from staffers, the butlers, housemen, maids, chefs, curators, florists and others who work with the First Lady, the President and their children and staff.  Each administration is totally different which makes it very difficult for some White House staff.  However the household employees are very adept at their jobs and after each administration, are able to transfer their allegiance to the new First Family.  They are also required to see and say nothing about the everyday lives of their charges.  Each family is different and brings different challenges to those who serve them.  The White House employees graciously acquiesce to the pleasures of those whom they serve and keep the many secrets to themselves.

I really enjoyed this book and find it fascinating that these loyal staffers continue to serve unobtrusively, graciously, and with dignity in many situations.  They know their jobs and do them diligently and well.  They are sometime subject to the wrath and insensitivity of the First Families, but they serve nonetheless.  I was extremely impressed by the many interviews and the research that went into the writing of this book.  Well done.

I purchased a Kindle copy of this book from Amazon.com.  No review positive or otherwise was required – all opinions are my own.


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