''Spoken From the Heart,'' the former First Lady's new memoir, goes head to head with Curtis Seinfeld's ''American Wife''

By EW Staff
Updated May 07, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

American Wife

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On the Accident

”All I heard was the horrible sound of metal colliding, the catastrophic boom that occurs when two hard pieces of steel make contact.” — Spoken From the Heart

”The collision…had been a squealing boom accompanied by the shatter of windshields…” — American Wife

On Meeting Her Husband

”I loved how he made me laugh and his steadfastness. I knew in my heart that he was the one.” — Spoken From the Heart

”Charlie was sweet and funny and energetic, he was incredibly attractive…” — American Wife

On Their Wedding

”I had been in a number of large Texas weddings, where the brides wore long, white gowns and elaborate, lacy veils and had acres of bridesmaids. George and I wanted a very simple celebration.” — Spoken From the Heart

”It could have been a much different wedding, a much larger one, but I didn’t see the need for it; I didn’t yearn to be fussed over.” — American Wife

On the 2000 Vote Recount

”I ate, I walked, I read, but where and what I’m no longer entirely sure.” — Spoken From the Heart

”I read, went to friends’ houses for lunch, and attended a few gatherings for groups I’d become involved with.” — American Wife

American Wife

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  • Curtis Sittenfeld
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