- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On bookshelves Tuesday: “And the Good News Is … : Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side,” by Dana Perino, a Fox News contributor, co-host of “The Five” and former White House press secretary in the George W. Bush administration. It is a memoir about her life under unique and intense circumstances, with some moments of refreshing candor.

“My goal was to represent America and the president with honor, grace and dignity. I was cautious in choosing my words and my tone,” Ms. Perino writes, advising that she learned the value of civility from her family and George and Laura Bush. Civility gives the author great pause, in fact.

“It’s being lost in politics and pop culture. I worry about how aggressive and vicious our discourse has become. I don’t think all is lost, however. I believe there are ways we can get our public debates back on track, because civility and manners are a matter of choice. We don&’t have to own each other’s comment, but we are responsible for whatever we say,” Ms. Perino advises. “In America we are blessed with the freedom to speak out minds - and we should do so thoughtfully.”

The book is published by Twelve, a unique imprint of Hachette Books that only publishes one book a month.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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