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Jackie O: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis

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Jackie O: On the Couch is the story of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as she might have written it. This is not just another biography. For the first time, Jackie O: On the Couch highlights Jackie’s life from her own perspective, as imagined by author Dr. Alma Bond, a psychoanalyst and long-time student of Jackie lore. The facts are all historically correct, as are the ideas, the Washington intrigue and politics, and the examination of the role of women in society and in the White House. A different Jackie emerges into ...

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Overview

Jackie O: On the Couch is the story of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as she might have written it. This is not just another biography. For the first time, Jackie O: On the Couch highlights Jackie’s life from her own perspective, as imagined by author Dr. Alma Bond, a psychoanalyst and long-time student of Jackie lore. The facts are all historically correct, as are the ideas, the Washington intrigue and politics, and the examination of the role of women in society and in the White House. A different Jackie emerges into the world of publishing. Jackie O: On the Couch is a unique exploration of the life and loves of a great historical figure. Jackie Kennedy Onassis deeply prized her privacy and, as a result, she was both revered and mysterious. In this book, much of the mystery is shed as Jackie finally emerges as a fully fleshed-out, three-dimensional person—a true human being, with enormous strengths and shortcomings, who all of us can now understand and appreciate, perhaps for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Abe Bortz, Co-Editor of Book of the Month Club Selection Live by the Sword and Frequent Book Reviewer for The B
This book is brilliant and fascinating. I am in awe of Dr. Bond’s ability to paint so layered, and so riveting, a profile. The fact that it is written in the first person provides the reader an intimacy and understanding that no normal third-person biography could ever accomplish.
Bibliophilia -
I won’t lie to you. I was skeptical. But by page 2, I was hooked. Jackie O: On the Couch is not only informative, it is insightful and interesting. I now know so much more about the enigmatic woman who was Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The book is beautifully written and offers a lot of insight into the world of Jackie O. This is the kind of book you hope someone would write about you when you are no longer of this world.
Midwest Book Review
In twenty finely wrought and sensitively drawn chapters, Bond creates a voice worth hearing. Her Jackie O is no cookie-cutter cardboard creation. Not the stuff of tabloids or stoic first ladies keeping their chin up while their real voice goes unheard. Instead, Bond gets inside Jackie’s head and gives us a real flesh and blood human being with her own ambitions, desires, and contradictions, as well as a sensuality and psychology all her own.
Ann M. Neardsley, Scribes World Reviews
Bond’s meticulously researched biography of Jackie O is a page-turner. Though we know how it turns out (good girl morphs into bad girl, finally discovers self), Bond has put the puzzle pieces of Jackie’s life together in such a way that she seems almost―but never quite―human. Bond’s inside look at much of her life does her honor, yet she doesn’t shy away from the more smug moments of Jackie’s attitude.
Karen Broadhead, Granger High School, West Valley City, UT
Informative, historical, fascinating!!!! Learning about Jackie Kennedy from her point of view was enlightening. I have always been fascinated by her very public life and the tragedy that befell such a young woman. How she acted kept a country together and tongues wagging for years. I learned from her what the assassination of her husband did to her, her family, and her choices later in life. There are many facts that I didn't know and I found them answering questions I had.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610880251
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/2013
  • Series: On the Couch Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 776,723
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie O: On the Couch is the first of Alma Bond’s “On the Couch” series, and is Dr. Bond’s nineteenth published book. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, graduated from the post-doctoral program in psychoanalysis at the Freudian Society, and was a psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer, but now maintains a small practice in addition to writing.

Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, and the Authors Guild, as well as a fellow and faculty member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She became one of the first non-medical analysts to be elected to the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Bond grew up in Philadelphia, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Temple University, and following voluntary military service, moved to New York, where she earned a graduate degree in psychology from Columbia University.

A longtime resident of New York City, she lived for nearly a dozen years in south Florida.
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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    Jackie O: On the Couch

    Alma H. Bond, in her book Jackie O: On the Couch takes readers right into the mind and life of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Dr. Bond practiced as a psychoanalyst for thirty-seven years, which may be why she was able to ¿speak as¿ Jackie O in this book. However, I believe that it is due to the amount of research that Dr. Bond accomplished in reading one hundred books about Jackie. Dr. Bond¿s admiration of Jackie is evident and combining that with her knowledge of Jackie¿s life, it has enabled her to share much insight about this famous, but private woman. For those of us who have struggled in the history department, Jackie O is perfect. I learned so much by reading this book, even though it is a book of fiction, being based on so many facts certainly brings out a lot about the times during Jackie¿s life. I¿ve always enjoyed reading biographies, even way back in elementary school, but the fact that this book is written in first person, makes it so unique, and easy to read. I felt as if I was right there sharing conversations with Jackie. As the reader, not being the expert about Jackie, I can¿t distinguish between the fact and fiction. One author friend of mine shared the term ¿factition¿ with me, letting me know that all fiction is based on some facts. I didn¿t feel it was my job to determine the facts in this book, but to enjoy the story, and get a great feel for all that Jackie O experienced throughout her life. She was an amazing woman, who faced many challenges, and Dr. Bond has done a superb job of telling her story. Anyone interested in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis should be sure to add this book to his/her reading list.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Must Read!

    The remarkable life and mind of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is both intriguing and mysterious. But Dr. Alma H. Bond dispels the illusions of this iconic woman's life by threading fiction based in fact. Dr. Bond has read over 100 books about the widow of J.F.K. and has clearly become entranced and fascinated by the possibilities of such a unique human being as a character and narrator. Dr. Bond has crafted an enchanting narrator out of the idea of Jackie, teaching us facts about her very private life we may not know. Readers who know much about the former First Lady will enjoy this novel for its thoughtful interpretations of events and people they are familiar with, while readers new to many of the facts about this American icon will find themselves enamored with Mrs. Kennedy, searching out facts about this very private woman's life. The voice of this narrator is so well done, it feels less like Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy laying on the psychoanalytical couch and more like Jackie O chatting it up over mimosas. The narration sucks you in, makes you laugh, makes you cry, but most of all, it makes you think. The scenes are vivid and dense, especially through the moments of John F. Kennedy's death. It is a relatively quick read considering how much it covers. A page-turner and impossible to put down, Jackie O is a must read. I often see photos and posters of Marilyn Monroe and I have never personally gotten into the craze. In fact, there's a café I frequent in Boston, MA that has photos on the bathroom door and the female photo is of her. I am not going to be liked I am sure for saying this, but if this is some sort of iconic tribute, I'd really rather see Jackie. Although the last place her picture belongs is on a bathroom door. This book covers just about everything I would want to know about Jackie, from her upbringing with a womanizing father all the way up to her untimely death. Did you know Jackie was a book editor at Viking Press? Her maturation through her relationships beginning with her understanding of her father to her last, and likely most successful, relationship with a male companion is explored. Jackie was in a culturally transitional period in American history that drove some women to suicide and others to over-experimentation, but she knew how to keep her eloquence, tact, and taste. Even in jeans and a T-shirt making her own instant coffee, the perpetually envied and ever elegant Jackie O. Pub Date: 08/15/2011 ISBN: 9781610880213 Please check out my blog at baltimorebookreviews . wordpress . com !!!

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    A new look at someone you thought you knew

    Bond's meticulously researched biography of Jackie O is a page turner. Even though we know how it turns out (good girl morphs into bad girl, finally discovers self), Bond has put the puzzle pieces of Jackie's life together in such a way that she seems almost--but never quite--human.

    From the darling of the American press to the lover of a womanizing Greek, Jackie is ever in search of something more. Bond's inside look at much of her life does her honor, yet she doesn't shy away from the more smug moments of Jackie's attitude (and yes, she does have many reasons to be smug--thanks in large part to iron-clad self-discipline). What Jackie really needs to find, however, is herself. I kept wanting her to let go of her desperate need for approval and her strong desire for accessories, be they men, furnishings, yachts, or an exotic life.

    Jackie is, from start to finish, a narcissistic, spoiled rich kid. Even when she bemoans her lack of funds, she's still subsisting on $20,000 a month--and that was years ago. So although I find myself in sympathy for someone who needs to find herself, her own smug attitude kept me from too much empathy.

    Still, I'm glad I read it. Bond has done an amazing job of letting us glimpse the woman inside the public persona.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    This book made me a fan of Jackie O

    The remarkable life and mind of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is both intriguing and mysterious. But Dr. Alma H. Bond dispels the illusions of this iconic woman’s life by threading fiction based in fact. Dr. Bond has read over 100 books about the widow of J.F.K. and has clearly become entranced and fascinated by the possibilities of such a unique human being as a character and narrator. Dr. Bond has crafted an enchanting narrator out of the idea of Jackie, teaching us facts about her very private life we may not know.

    Readers who know much about the former First Lady will enjoy this novel for its thoughtful
    interpretations of events and people they are familiar with, while readers new to many of the facts about this American icon will find themselves enamored with Mrs. Kennedy, searching out facts about this very private woman’s life.

    The voice of this narrator is so well done, it feels less like Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy laying on the psychoanalytical couch and more like Jackie O chatting it up over mimosas. The narration sucks you in, makes you laugh, makes you cry, but most of all, it makes you think.

    The scenes are vivid and dense, especially through the moments of John F. Kennedy’s death. It is a relatively quick read considering how much it covers. A page-turner and impossible to put down, Jackie O is a must read.

    I often see photos and posters of Marilyn Monroe and I have never personally gotten into the craze. In fact, there’s a café I frequent in Boston, MA that has photos on the bathroom door and the female photo is of her. I am not going to be liked I am sure for saying this, but if this is some sort of iconic tribute, I’d really rather see Jackie. Although the last place her picture belongs is on a bathroom door.

    This book covers just about everything I would want to know about Jackie, from her upbringing with a womanizing father all the way up to her untimely death. Did you know Jackie was a book editor at Viking Press? Her maturation through her relationships beginning with her understanding of her father to her last, and likely most successful, relationship with a male companion is explored. Jackie was in a culturally transitional period in American history that drove some women to suicide and others to over-experimentation, but she knew how to keep her eloquence, tact, and taste. Even in jeans and a T-shirt making her own instant coffee, the perpetually envied and ever elegant Jackie O.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Great Read!

    Not knowing a lot of about Jackie (or even the Kennedy family), this was a really great intro into her life and story. Very easy to read, it made me want to read more about her life and even the politics at the time. Have already highly recommended to friends!

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