Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss

Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss

by Jenna Bush Hager

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Jenna Bush Hager, the former first daughter and granddaughter, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and coanchor of the Today show, shares moving, funny stories about her beloved grandparents and the wisdom they passed on that has shaped her life.

To the world, George and Barbara Bush were America’s powerful president and influ­ential first lady. To Jenna Bush Hager, they were her beloved Gampy and Ganny, who taught her about respect, humility, kindness, and living a life of passion and meaning—timeless lessons that continue to guide her.

In Midland, Texas, Jenna’s maternal grandparents, Harold and Jenna Welch—Pa and Grammee—a home builder and homemaker, lived a quieter life outside the national spotlight. Yet their influence was no less indelible to their granddaughter. Throughout Jenna’s childhood and adolescence, the Welches taught her the name of every star in the sky, the way a dove uses her voice—teaching her to appreciate the beauty in the smallest things.

Now the mother of three young children, Jenna pays homage to her grandparents in this collection of heartwarming, intimate personal essays. Filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable stories, Everything Beautiful in Its Time captures the joyous and bittersweet nature of life itself. Jenna reflects on the single year in which she and her family lost Barbara and George H. W. Bush, and Jenna Welch. With the light, self-deprecating charm of the bestselling Sisters First—cowritten with her twin sister, Barbara—Jenna reveals how they navigated this difficult period with grace, faith, and nostalgic humor, uplifted by their grandparents’ sage advice and incomparable spirits.

In this moving book, Jenna remembers the past, cherishes the present, and prepares for the future—providing a wealth of anecdotes and lessons for her own children and all of us. Poignant and humorous, intimate and sincere, Everything Beautiful in Its Time is a warm and wonderful celebration of the enduring power of family and an exploration of the things that truly matter most.

“As long as I’m alive, my grandparents will not be forgotten. . . . I hear their voices in the letters they sent me and in my memories. They offer comfort, support, and guidance, and I will listen to them always.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781094192000
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jenna Bush Hager shares her mother’s love of reading and teaching. She taught elementary school in Washington, DC, after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in English. She has also written articles for CosmoGIRL! and the New York Times. Her first book, #1 New York Times bestselling Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, is based on her work with UNICEF.

Table of Contents

My Four Grandparents 1

Hiding from My Favorite People on Earth 5

Sister Love and Sister Strife 11

A Letter from Ganny on Barbara's and My Birthday 25

Do Not Speak to Me of "Balance" 27

The Wrong Movie 33

Out There on the Water 39

Henry's Letter to Gampy 47

The Opposite of Fear Is Love 51

Times I Have Cried (a Partial List) 63

Gentle Protection 67

A Letter from Jenna and Barbara to Sasha and Malta 77

"To Thine Own Self Be True" 83

Comfort Care 91

Mirror, Mirror 103

The Greatest Gift 111

"I Know You Miss Them, Too" 117

Summer Rain 125

"Poor Henry" 131

My Girls as Sisters 137

The Stone Ring 143

Dreams of My Mother 149

"Every Woman Gets Her Baby in Her Time" 157

"I Learned a Lot from Our Lunch" 165

Harold 181

April Showers Bring May Fog 189

Saying Goodbye to Grammee Jenna 197

Happy Birthday, Ganny 209

Father's Day in Maine 213

Walking to the Gate 221

Acknowledgments 227

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