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Behind The Scenes At The White House / Sally Brewster's Book Picks

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Thursday, August 27

In this two part show, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the Clinton White House from Melinda Bates, former director of the White House Visitor’s office and we check up on some late summer/early fall reading recommendations.

Part 1
We get a look behind the scenes at the White House during the Clinton years. That’s when Melinda Bates was director of the White House visitor’s office, keeping up with celebrity visits, the Easter Egg Roll, welcoming dignitaries and power brokers.

Melinda Bates - Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office and author of White House Story: A Democratic Memoir

Melinda Bates talks about her book with host Mike Collins.

Melinda will appear at the Southern Women’s Show on Friday, Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m. on the Spotlight Stage and will also appear on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. --- one presentation will be “A VIP Tour of the White House” and the other will be “Backstage With First Families.” 

Credit Abee5 / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Part 2

Even though school is back in session, summer doesn’t officially end until September 23. There’s still time for you to get in some last ditch end-of-summer reading. We’ll take a look at some books you might want to add to your list for late summer/early fall reading.

Sally Brewster
- Owner of Park Road Books

Sally Brewster shares her picks for late-summer reading.

Sally Brewster's Book Picks


  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • The Cartel by Don Winslow
  • Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan


  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  • Jackaby  by William Ritter
  • The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh