Celebrity Picks: Jenna Bush Hager's Favorite Reads of 2017


Jenna (left) and Barbara (right)

Jenna Bush Hager knows what it's like to be on the news. A correspondent for NBC, she is also one of George W. Bush's twin daughters. Now she and her (slightly) older sister, Barbara, are sharing the details of their lives before, during, and after the White House in their joint memoir, Sisters First.

Below, Jenna relates her favorite books that she read this year, one of which was recommended to her by her sister, Barbara—whose own book picks can be found here. And click here for more authors' favorites.

Jenna Bush Hager's favorite reads of 2017

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The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs - The author of this beauty of a book was a poet; and through her poetic prose she changed my perspective on living and dying. How I wish I could have met Nina Riggs!

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - My sister recommended this heartbreakingly beautiful book with such enthusiasm I rushed to read it. Once I finished it, I wanted to read it again. This book made me feel deeply: I was crushed for the main character, Jude, and longed for happiness for him as if I knew him.

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett - I have had an admiration and affection for Ann Patchett ever since I fell in love with her fourth novel, Bel Canto. Commonwealth, reportedly based on her family's history, didn't disappoint.

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