Picks and Pans Review: The Author Explains Herself

updated 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

THE OBVIOUS QUESTION: WHY?
Laura Bush is interesting to me—she seems different from what you'd expect at first glance. She can seem proper, but she's open-minded and curious when it comes to books and art.

DID YOU RESEARCH HER LIFE?
I read biographies and interviewed people who've worked in the White House.

HOW TRUE IS THE BOOK?
Each section is based on an event in Laura's life: her car accident that killed a high school classmate; her early marriage and George's drinking problems; him becoming President and initiating an unpopular war. The rest is made up.

DO YOU THINK SHE'LL READ IT?
Probably not. But everyone who's read it says it made them like George and Laura more.

DO YOU LIKE THEM MORE?
I've always seen them as complex, three-dimensional people. There's nothing I admire about Bush's presidency, but I've always thought he'd be entertaining at a dinner party.

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