Donna of Fiction/AV/Teen suggests The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower
Kate Andersen Brower’s history and human interest book is about several first families and the staff that cared for them. President John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first to live in the White House in 1800 starting with only four staff members. Now there are 96 full-time, 250 part-time residence staff, plus 2 dozen from the National Parks Services to care for the grounds. The staff is very protective of the families but did share special memories of the good and sad times, considerate or demanding First Ladies, rude or polite Presidents, formal or more casual entertaining and the general working of the House.
For more stories from inside the White House, try…
The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood
This is a true story of a White House butler who served 8 Presidents. It was made into a movie too!
First Families: The Impact of the White House on their Lives by Bonnie Angelo
This book gives anecdotes about the Presidents, spouses, children and the White House.
To Serve the President: Continuity and Innovation of the White House Staff by Bradley H. Patterson
Examining the total size and cost of the contemporary White House team, Patterson also looks into what people do
National Geographic and the White House Historical Association presents never before published stories and photographs of the house.
This documentary has a tour of the private quarter with interviews with the White House staff, and a behind-the-scenes look at a state dinner preparations.