Monday, April 30, 2012

Jackie After O by Tina Cassidy


Book description:
Jackie After O is an exciting and original portrayal of the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis through the lens of one remarkable year, a time of reinvention both personal and public, as she shook the world's expectations and pursued her dreams in middle age.

The 411 by Maria:
It only took about 3 days to get through this book and that says a lot in my very busy 3 full time jobs if you count mommy a job!

Jackie has always been interesting to me but more so as I get older.  Most of the books I have read about her were about her life as the presidents wife but this one focus more on her later years. I remember when she passed away and how crushed I was that "the a former first lady had passed" but what sat with me more and made me sit up straighter in my seat was what her son John said on her passing. I can still  picture hm saying it; "Last night, at around 10:15, my mother passed on," John said. "She was surrounded by her friends and family and her books and the people and the things that she loved. And she did it in her own way, and we all feel lucky for that, and now she's in God's hands."  I remember loving it. It seemed like this woman who was a widow two times in her life was finally able to rest with great dignity. She had been in the public eyes for years and she was free to rest!

The book didn't have many surprises but I was reminded that it is because of Jackie that the White House is held in such high esteem these days. She made it her mission to reinvent and redesign the home that would house the leader of the country for years to come.  Instead of a mish mash of stuff this would be a museum to the eras of the presidency.

Great book about an amazing woman who managed to hold her head up high even while leading a very public life.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary book to facilitate this review. My opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds interesting. I could never understand why she married Onasis. I think it is strange all she had to endure in real life that would have not been hidden today in our world. She was a neat lady and did things for sure for others to keep up her family's reputation. Thanks for the great reivew. Rita Spratlen


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