USA Today ran an article this morning called ‘A Christmas Book to Remember’ where they asked famous writers to share the most memorable books they received as a Christmas gift. Laura Bush, who was a librarian for many years, recollects being given Palmer Brown’s Beyond the Pawpaw Trees:
At our home in 1954 books were an extravagance. We borrowed books from the library. So it was special to get a well-reviewed book for Christmas. My mother gave it to me, and we read the story of Anna Lavinia together. I still have it.