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

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

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

1963, Mexico, Maine. The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on a father’s wages from the Oxford Paper Company. Until the sudden death of Dad, when Mum and the four closely connected Wood girls are set adrift. Funny and to-the-bone moving, When We Were the Kennedys is the story of how this family saves itself, at first by depending on Father Bob, Mum’s youngest brother, a charismatic Catholic priest who feels his new responsibilities deeply. And then, as the nation is shocked by the loss of its handsome Catholic president, the televised grace of Jackie Kennedy—she too a Catholic widow with young children—galvanizes Mum to set off on an unprecedented family road trip to Washington, D.C., to do some rescuing of her own. An indelible story of how family and nation, each shocked by the unimaginable, exchange one identity for another.
   “Monica Wood has written a gorgeous, gripping memoir. I don’t know that I’ve ever pulled so hard for a family.”—Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547630144
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Monica Wood is the author of four works of fiction, most recently Any Bitter Thing, which spent 21 weeks on the American Booksellers Association extended bestseller list and was named a Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie’s Ark and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award.

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When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
VeryPickyReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so moved by this book. Growing up in Maine during that era, I connected with so many parts of this lovely tale.
shoreylj More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monica Wood will be forever blessed for honoring her family with this book. I loved all of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written. Love the description. The author is talented in so many ways.
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Micben More than 1 year ago
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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The most engaging, emotional book i have read in years! Highly, highly recommended!
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Heartbreaking & melancholy for those taking care of a parent with Alheimers.
LPlourde More than 1 year ago
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.