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My First Ladies: Twenty-Five Years as the White House Chief Floral Designer
     

My First Ladies: Twenty-Five Years as the White House Chief Floral Designer

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by Nancy Clarke
 

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In My First Ladies, Nancy Clarke reveals the touching, funny, and illuminating story of what it was like to serve under six administrations and to help each first lady find her own personal style when it came to planning flower designs, state dinners, and holiday festivities in the White House. Learn how Nancy gave comfort to Nancy Reagan when she discovered

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In My First Ladies, Nancy Clarke reveals the touching, funny, and illuminating story of what it was like to serve under six administrations and to help each first lady find her own personal style when it came to planning flower designs, state dinners, and holiday festivities in the White House. Learn how Nancy gave comfort to Nancy Reagan when she discovered she had cancer and how she helped Laura Bush to gain the confidence to select bright, bold flower arrangements over the more conservative palettes she used in her first years as first lady. See the deep bond that developed between Nancy and Barbara Bush and feel what it was like to be standing in a bunker right next to President Bush in the days following 9/11. Only Nancy can reveal the inside story of what it was like to work for more than thirty years in the White House she called her second home.

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Publishers Weekly
In this light-hearted memoir, retired White House Chief Floral Designer Clarke shares her memories of working for first ladies from Rosalynn Carter to Michelle Obama. For 25 years, Clarke worked with the presidential spouses and their staffs on a daily basis, creating floral arrangements for everything from the president's private quarters, to elaborate state dinners fit for a queen. Clarke writes in glowing terms about all the first ladies, but she also paints an intimate portrait of each. Her success as chief floral designer depended on her being a careful student of their idiosyncratic tastes and temperaments. Readers may also be interested in learning how national events, such as the 2000 election uncertainty, the Clinton impeachment, and the terrifying events of 9/11, were experienced by the behind-the-scenes White House staff. There are no shocking revelations in these pages, but Clarke's memories will entertain those who would like a glimpse inside America's most famous house. 29 color photographs.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452653969
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

A renowned floral designer, Nancy Clarke has created thousands of beautiful decorations and floral designs. For thirty years, her exquisite floral designs brought beauty, grace, and elegance to White House historical events.

Christie Matheson is the author of Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style and coauthor of Wine Mondays, The Confetti Cakes Cookbook, Confetti Cakes for Kids, Tea Party, and Vineyard Harvest.

A renowned floral designer, Nancy Clarke has created thousands of beautiful decorations and floral designs. For thirty years, her exquisite floral designs brought beauty, grace, and elegance to White House historical events.

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My First Ladies: Twenty-five Years as the White House Chief Floral Designer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JYKWA More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book as Nancy Clarke did a good job illustrating the various personalities of the first ladies, from Rosalyn Carter to Michelle Obama. Ms. Clarke seems to have an amazing memory, and it's interesting just how much flowers could capture the individual personalities of these first ladies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always loved the work the Nancy and her staff did at the White House. Her insights in the book are very interesting. I am so glad that I purchased it. Anyone interested in floral design and decorating should add this to their library.