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Ann Romney book photos show personal life

Photos from “In This Together”
Mitt Romney’s senior prom, with his date, Ann. Ann’s new book states that this is the night of his first proposal.

In stark contrast to her husband, America views Ann Romney as warm, open, and approachable — in fact, during husband Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential run, many in his campaign hoped that some of those qualities would rub off on him, either directly or at least politically.

In her just-released memoir, “In This Together,’’ those very qualities are on display in abundance. The mother of five and grandmother of two dozen touches on aspects of her entire life, from her upbringing in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., though her courtship with Mitt, which began in high school, her time at Brigham Young University, and her conversion to Mormonism and marriage.

But the heart of the book revolves around her battle with multiple sclerosis, from the crushing news of the diagnosis in October 1998, through her husband’s turn as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics, time in office as Massachusetts governor, and two runs for the White House. It is a book about a woman and a couple who have led an extraordinary life together, yet are altogether human.

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Here are a selection of photos featured in the book:

My brother Rod and me with our Welsh grandparents. (Royal Oak, Michigan. 1950)
My brother Rod and me with our Welsh grandparents. (Royal Oak, Michigan. 1950)
Ready for my junior prom, with Mitt.
Ready for my junior prom, with Mitt.
This came from Mitt, my missionary in France, reminding me that he still cared.
This came from Mitt, my missionary in France, reminding me that he still cared.
Always feeding my man. At our hometown wedding.
Always feeding my man. At our hometown wedding.
At the beach with Tagg and Matt, our second son. (Massachusetts, fall of 1972)
At the beach with Tagg and Matt, our second son. (Massachusetts, fall of 1972)
 Announcement day for the 2012 campaign. (June 2, 2011 at the Scammans’ Bittersweet Farm, Stratham New Hampshire)
Announcement day for the 2012 campaign. (June 2, 2011 at the Scammans’ Bittersweet Farm, Stratham New Hampshire)
 The whole family gathers at Lake Winnipesaukee for the annual Christmas Card picture. (August 2014)
The whole family gathers at Lake Winnipesaukee for the annual Christmas Card picture. (August 2014)
Reading with Nick, Mia, Grace and Parker. (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
Reading with Nick, Mia, Grace and Parker. (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
 In the research lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with my doctor, Dr. Howard Weiner, and Dr. Dennis Selkoe.
In the research lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with my doctor, Dr. Howard Weiner, and Dr. Dennis Selkoe.