“This memoir by the previous Chief Usher (i.e. majordomo) of the White Home is a number of Truman-balconies above all these others.” —Kirkus Evaluations
In regards to the Writer
Mary Lynn Kotz, the creator of 4 books, is a contract journal journalist primarily based in Washington, DC. A contributing editor of ARTnews, she has written many canopy tales, together with “A Day with Georgia O’Keeffe.” Her e-book Rauschenberg: Artwork and Life is the biography of the late American artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008), about whom she has given illustrated lectures at greater than seventy museums and festivals, together with on the 2009 Venice Biennale.
On this New York Instances bestseller, the White Home chief usher for almost three a long time gives a behind-the-scenes have a look at America’s first households. J. B. West, chief usher of the White Home, directed the operations and upkeep of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—and coordinated its day by day life—on the request of the president and his household. He directed state features; deliberate events, weddings and funerals, gardens and playgrounds, and in depth renovations; and, with a big workers, supervised each exercise within the presidential house. For twenty-eight years, first as assistant to the chief usher, then as chief usher, he witnessed nationwide crises and triumphs, and interacted day by day with six consecutive presidents and first women, in addition to their mother and father, kids and grandchildren, and houseguests—together with pals, family members, and heads of state. J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy referred to as “probably the most extraordinary males I’ve ever met,” offers an absorbing, one-of-a-kind historical past of life among the many first women. Alive with anecdotes starting from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political methods to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the non-public struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs on the White Home is a wealthy account of a slice of American historical past that often stays behind closed doorways.