Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams

Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams

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by Tina Cassidy
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Mitchell Zuckoff
“With style and grace befitting her subject, Tina Cassidy reveals the remarkable third act of an iconic American life. JACKIE AFTER O takes us beyond Camelot and Aristotle to the woman herself as she discovers her voice, her strength, and her purpose. A delightful read.”
Boston Globe
“Sections set in the 1970s are juicy fun (names like Sinatra and Warhol abound), and Cassidy sprinkles her narrative with sharply observed social commentary. . . . This story of midlife reinvention is invigorating and inspiring.”
Publishers Weekly
Cassidy (Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born) focuses her attention on a lesser known Jackie O in her newest. While "The world knew was beautiful, stoic, and rich… It did not know, or perhaps did not care, that she was interested in history and architecture, that she was a talented writer, a voracious reader, and a person of some ambitions of her own." The year is 1975, and though the memory of JFK's assassination over a decade ago is still relatively fresh in the nation's memory, Jackie—newly widowed for the second time after the death of Aristotle Onassis—has begun to pursue her own goals. Still the target of paparazzi and folks looking to cash in on the Kennedy name, Jackie secures a position as editor at Viking, and later, Doubleday, where she would work till her death. In addition to her career-related duties, Jackie also took it upon herself to save Grand Central Terminal from the fate that befell the original Penn Station, a campaign that would prove successful in preserving one of New York City's most iconic landmarks. In addition to being compelling sketch of a widow seeking to rebuild her life, Cassidy's portrait of Jackie O also addresses grander, timely themes, such as the juggling of public and private lives, as well as the plight of women entering a still male-dominated workplace. Photos. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
A biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994) focusing on a pivotal year in her life, 1975. Former Boston Globe reporter and editor Cassidy (Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, 2006) sets out to prove that Onassis, though arguably a socialite, was no dilettante--that her seemingly sudden decision to immerse herself in the worlds of literature and historical preservation was born of longstanding interest and expertise in both. The author uses 1975, the year in which Onassis was widowed for the second time, to examine this transformation from wife to activist and editor. Rather than creating focus, though, this lens often refracts. Cassidy includes detailed biographical information from earlier parts of her subject's life in order to contextualize the choices she made during this pivotal year. Therefore, though that single year organizes the book, each of its significant events--her second husband's death, her work as a consulting editor for Viking, her rejection of the political posts offered to her--is examined broadly, not deeply. For example, the chapter about her involvement in the campaign to maintain Grand Central Station's status as a landmark site is as much about her restoration of the White House and her involvement in the preservation of Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Throughout, Cassidy is highly sympathetic to Onassis. She quotes Sally Quinn, a Washington Post writer who criticized Onassis in the fall of 1975 ("she is going literary-journalistic because…that's where the glamour is, and the action") and promptly dismisses her: "Quinn used the journalistic disguise of her own thoughts by inserting what ‘skeptics' thought." Cassidy offers no evidence for this assertion, leaving readers unable to determine whether or not Quinn was actually voicing a common criticism of the time. A well-researched but limited account of a year in the life of Jackie O.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061994340
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/16/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,265,679
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Mitchell Zuckoff

“With style and grace befitting her subject, Tina Cassidy reveals the remarkable third act of an iconic American life. JACKIE AFTER O takes us beyond Camelot and Aristotle to the woman herself as she discovers her voice, her strength, and her purpose. A delightful read.”

Meet the Author

Tina Cassidy, an acclaimed author and journalist, spent most of her career as a reporter and editor at the Boston Globe, where she covered a variety of topics, including business, politics, and fashion. She is also the author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three sons.

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Jackie after O 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
As far back as I can remember, and even before that, the world has been infatuated with Jackie Kennedy Onassis. She first became a public icon when her husband ran for office back in the 1960's. Since then the stylish, soft spoken first lady became a celebrity. Jackie After O by Tina Cassidy focuses specifically on the period in Jackie's life after her second husband passed away. Cassidy writes an introspective view on Jackie's life. This is a fantastic book worth reading! During this period, Jackie's immeasurable strength is put to the test and she starts doing what she loved. She was on the board to save and preserve a historical landmark, she ventured into the world of publishing and pretty much reinvented her entire life. I was more familiar with Jackie's earlier life in Camelot than I was in her later years. She used her love of reading as an avenue to be innovative in her life and work in publishing. I enjoyed reading this biography for several reasons. First, I enjoy reading about historical icons. Jackie O definitely fits into this category. Second, it's a well written book that kept my attention the entire time. Lastly, I learned things that made me even more in awe of her. Jackie O. is a public figure that will always hold a special place in the heart of America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truely enjoyed this book, it gave me wonderful insight into the life of an amazing woman, so strong yet so unlucky at finding peace until her later years, she will be forever remembered as our queen of camelot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. A lot of information I had never heard before about this remarkable woman.
Neemah More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It gave some insights into Jackie as she found herself. Our lives change as we age and so did hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
you'll love this book. Otherwise it s so gushing that I skipped the final 2/3 of thse book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halfway through this book and "O" has just passed away.   Too much is focused on Jackie's early years and when she lived in the White House with JFK.  This is fine for someone who has never read anything about Jackie.  So far, a pretty dull read and find myself skipping over material.  Too bad, it could have been better written.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wss a truly remarkable himan being and none of us can truly see hergrace for all she had been through in her life. A woman first but required tp be so much more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read for those of us who grew up admiring Jackie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money I thought it was about Jackie after Onassis died but too too much early history.........
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt her daughter has enough ive heard enough about jackie