the_residenceThe All Good Books club will discuss The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower at 7:00 PM this Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Community of Christ church (7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS) in the Church Library. You can always find a schedule of upcoming book discussions at Come join us!

Possible Discussion Questions for The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

  1. As you read The Residence, what did you find most surprising about the staff serving the First Family?
  2. Was there a particular story or event that sticks out in your mind?
  3. Did you enjoy the author’s approach to telling the story of many different staff members across many different administrations?
  4. What is your view of the dedication to service and privacy of the First Family exhibited and expected of the White House staff?
  5. Would you be willing to serve as a White House staff member? Which administration would you most like to serve? Which would you least like to serve?
  6. What did you learn about the White House itself that you never knew before?
  7. What are your thoughts on the sacrifices made by the staff of the White House?
  8. Were you aware of the history regarding slavery and the construction and staffing of the early White House? What are your reactions to that history?
  9. Which chapter did you find most fascinating/interesting (“Controlled Chaos,” “Discretion,” “Devotion,” “Extraordinary Demands,” “Dark Days,” “Sacrifice,” “Race and the Residence,” “Backstairs Gossip and Mischief,” “Growing Up in the White House” or “Heartbreak and Hope”)?
  10. Would you recommend “The Residence” to a friend? Why or why not?