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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Hughes Narrator: Karen Hughes, Robert Hughes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“The rule of thumb in any White House is that nobody is indispensable except the president,” said the New York Times, “but Karen Hughes has come as close to that description as any recent presidential aide.” Karen Hughes has worked beside President George W. Bush since, as she says, “the motorcade was only one car and he was sometimes the one driving it.” As counselor to the president, she brought the working mom’s perspective to the White House, often asking of President Bush’s policies, “What does this mean for the average person?” Yet the move from Texas to Washington was hard on her family, and in a controversial, headline-making decision that reverberated across America, she summoned the courage to say, “Mr. President, I love you, but I need to move my family home to Texas.” There, Hughes continues to advise the president, where the kitchen wall calendar marks the State of the Union message side by side with her son’s orthodontist appointments. Reading Ten Minutes from Normal—the title comes from the campaign trail—one is instantly absorbed in what it’s like to be a “normal” person who goes to work at the White House as a part of the president’s inner circle. Told in Karen Hughes’s disarmingly down-to-earth, warm, often funny, and frank voice, the book is a remarkable blend of an ordinary woman’s life, with all its compromises and everyday decisions, and a keenly insightful look at American politics and America’s forty-third president. This is a book for the legions of women and men everywhere who are seeking new inspiration for how to reorder their priorities and achieve balance in their lives. Most important, in a post-9/11 world, Hughes redefines the very notion of what is “normal” as something special and precious, never to be taken for granted in America again. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen | 2/19/2014

    " Good book until the last chapter where it got a little preachy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 1/3/2014

    " This is one I'd like to get back to eventually. She was an adviser to Pres. Bush in Texas and on the campaign. After 2 years in DC she left to go back to Texas so her son could finish high school there. I checked it out from the library and never got finished, but it was interesting to see a woman's perspective at that level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this real-life book about a woman with a family and a career. Hearing about her daily life was more instructional and encouraging than an advice-style book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelsey | 11/13/2013

    " This book is Karen Hughes' autobiography. Hughes was one of President Bush's closest advisers who left the White House to put her family first (which is why I picked the book up in the first place). While this book is about Karen Hughes, because she worked so closely with President Bush, it can't help but give an insider's perspective on the President and his administration. I loved the author's account of several various events that I recall hearing about on the news, but now I had the story from a different perspective. Also, Karen Hughes just has an interesting voice and is not afraid of being who she is. "

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