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New to book­shelves: “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 com­ments, but we are re­spon­si­ble for what­ever we say,” Ms. Perino ad­vises. “In Amer­ica we are blessed with the free­dom to speak our 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.

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