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When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    This may be the best book I've ever read

    This is as close to a perfect book as I've read. It is part social history, part memoir, and written so beautifully that I found myself rereading whole sections as though they were poetry. In fact, Wood writes more like a poet than anyone I've read, taking obvious care with every word and sentence. This book got rave blurbs from Ken Burns -- yes, that Ken Burns -- and Lily King, and rave reviews from all over for a reason. It is a triumph of voice and story- telling. Ken Burns says "wow" and I'll second that. Ignore the anonymous two-star non-review (No text. What's up with that?). Read this, and believe me, you won't be sorry. Just don't make any important plans once you start. It's really hard to put down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Monica Wood is one of my favorite authors. This memoir is excel

    Monica Wood is one of my favorite authors. This memoir is excellent. Perhaps I like it so much because I recognize those early 1960's when the mills were the heart of small Maine towns situated next to rivers and John Kennedy was the hope for the future. As a prior reviewer notes, it is a social history, as well as a memoir. It drew me in and elicited memories of childhood. Amazing how she was able to portray both the child's viewpoint at the time and the context that came as an adult. Please do not make us wait so long for your next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    This is a beautifully written, touchingly narrated story of a yo

    This is a beautifully written, touchingly narrated story of a young girl -- and now a mature woman -- looking back on a painful chapter in her life with love, tenderness, nostalgia for times past, and uncanny insight into what lies ahead. I cherished every page. Ms. Woods reminded me, too, of my own deep hometown roots, the value of community, family, traditions. A must-read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    THE TOP TEN REASONS TO READ MONICA WOOD’S MEMOIR WHEN WE W

    THE TOP TEN REASONS TO READ MONICA WOOD’S MEMOIR
    WHEN WE WERE THE KENNEDYS

    #10 It’s the best book I’ve read in YEARS. My husband says the same thing. Agreement like that doesn’t happen very often.
    #9 Monica Wood’s initials are M. W. —which surely stand for Master Wordsmith.
    #8 The book opens with the sudden death of nine-year-old Monica Wood’s father, and that’s just the start of the trials and tragedies in this memoir. Yet OPTIMISM sings through its pages.
    #7 Monica Wood is a fiction writer first and foremost, and her memoir peels away layer after layer to reveal the story—just as the best fiction does.
    #6 If you loved the town/city you grew up in, Monica will make you love it even more.
    #5 If you’re of a certain age and grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, you’ll revel in the detailed time capsule she’s created.
    #4 Monica Wood’s family, the characters in the story, will seem like you already know them; or if not, you’ll want to adopt them.
    #3 It’s a book you can’t stop reading at the same time you don’t want it to ever end.
    #2 Monica Wood says more in a single phrase than most authors do with piles and piles of paragraphs and pages.
    #1 While Monica Wood shares her TRUTH to its core in her memoir, she simultaneously helps readers to understand their own TRUTHS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Sweet sweet memoir

    Monica Wood will be forever blessed for honoring her family with this book. I loved all of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Poignant story

    I was so moved by this book. Growing up in Maine during that era, I connected with so many parts of this lovely tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Melody and Sierra

    (No my brother isn't here and I DON'T RP boys)

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    This memoir is beautifully written and very moving. I felt as if

    This memoir is beautifully written and very moving. I felt as if I knew this family. I am the same age as the author and also grew up attending a Catholic school. I remember exactly where I was when I heard about Kennedy. The author bings an era back to life, as well as the end of life as we knew it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Sue Miller delivers...

    Heartbreaking & melancholy for those taking care of a parent with Alheimers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Beautifully written page turner

    The most engaging, emotional book i have read in years! Highly, highly recommended!

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