Former Boston Globe reporter Tina
Cassidy delivers a remarkable account of one year in the life of
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, America’s favorite first lady and an
international icon. 1975 was a year of monumental changes for Jackie: it
was the year she lost her second husband, shipping magnate Aristotle
Onassis, saved one of New York City’s cultural landmarks at Grand
Central Station, and found her true calling—not as a powerful man’s wife
or the mother of future leaders, but as a woman of the workforce with a
keen mind and a dedication to excellence. Readers of Christopher
Andersen’s Jackie After Jack and Pamela Clarke Keogh’s Jackie Style will find no better look at the intimate world of America’s Queen of Camelot than Tina Cassidy’s Jackie After O.
Defined in the public eye by her
two high-profile marriages, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faced a personal
crossroads on the eve of 1975. Her relationship with Aristotle Onassis
was crumbling while his health was rapidly declining. Her children were
nearing adulthood, soon to leave her with an empty nest. Both death and
scandal were about to strike yet again. But 1975 would also be a time of
incredible growth and personal renaissance for Jackie, the year in
which she reinvented herself and rediscovered talents and passions she
had set aside for her roles as wife and mother.
In Jackie After O, acclaimed author and journalist Tina
Cassidy explores this prolific yet incredibly daunting year in the life
of Jacqueline Onassis, including her part in the campaign to preserve
Grand Central Terminal in New York City; her pursuit of a real career,
in the editorial department of Viking Press; the death of her second
husband and her fraught relationship with his surviving daughter; and
the London bombing that almost took her own daughter's life. Cassidy has
unearthed new information from archives and original interviews, and
reveals intimate stories about the projects and interests of Jackie's
earlier years that would lay the foundation for her life beginning in
1975, from an internship at Vogue to her meticulous restoration of the White House when she was First Lady.
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.
I loved this book.
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