Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History — This had been on my reading list for a while, and I finally got around to it after reading The Obamas. For those who think “traditional” first ladies wield no power and that we shouldn’t think about “first marriages,” this will change your mind.
Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning — No, the Barrett/Brownings were not a political couple. But they bucked the odds to be together and their story is a moving one about the politics of love and families in an era when “ladies” didn’t disobey their family’s wishes.
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II — The title tells you the “what is it about,” but there’s so much more about the relationship between FDR and Eleanor. Not your traditional romantic relationship by any stretch of the imagination, but a compelling story about how this power couple stayed together and made it work.
Who She Was: A Search for My Mother’s Life — An amazing tribute to a mother by her son. Samuel Freedman’s mother died when she was 50 and he realized he didn’t really know who she was as a person. So he wrote this book, based on much research, to paint a picture of who she as an individual, a friend and a wife, as well as a mom.
Happy reading and Happy Valentine’s Day!