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A former first lady’s first-rate memoir

Published 05/15/2010, Los Angeles Times

Today, the title “First Lady” comes so freighted with elaboration and expectation that it’s easy to forget that it’s a position without any official or statutory existence. Our notions of how a first lady is supposed to behave or of what her obligations may be are entirely creatures of custom and social convention that have emerged slowly over time.

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