“You could tell Maine was their happy place,” Swanson Frank recalls. “Where they’re most free, most comfortable, where they take the time to enjoy each other and the focus is on the family.”
Before she realized it Swanson Frank had immortalized a remarkable scene: the elder Barbara Bush, 92, with her daughter-in-law Laura, her granddaughters Barbara and Jenna, and her great-granddaughters Mila and Poppy—four generations of steadfast women, together, beaming.
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The Bushes are one of the 70 illustrious families that Swanson Frank—whose grandfather Carl A. Swanson introduced Americans to the concept of the TV Dinner with his frozen foods empire—captured in intimate portraits for her third book, Mother and Child, a pink leviathan that also features the Lauders, the Fanjuls, and the Herreras, alongside a crop of younger women who embody career, privilege,and pedigree, including Lauren Santo Domingo, Indre Rockefeller, and Elizabeth Chambers Hammer. (It’s in bookstores now from Assouline, just in time for Mother’s Day.)