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Reading Jackie - Her Autobiography in Books

William Kuhn

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday. Based on archives and interviews with Jackie's authors, colleagues, and friends, Reading Jackie mines this significant period of her life to reveal both the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image. Though Jackie had a reputation for avoiding publicity, she willingly courted controversy in her books. She was the first editor to commission a commercially-successful book telling the story of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his female slave. Her publication of Gelsey Kirkland's attack on dance icon George Balanchine caused another storm. Jackie rarely spoke of her personal life, but many of her books ran parallel to, echoed, and emerged from her own experience. She was the editor behind bestsellers on the assassinations of Tsar Nicholas II and John Lennon, and in another book she paid tribute to the allure of Marilyn Monroe and Maria Callas. Her other projects take us into territory she knew well: journeys to Egypt and India, explorations of the mysteries of female beauty and media exploitation, into the minds of photographers, art historians, and the designers at Tiffany & Co. Many Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few knew her as the woman sitting on her office floor laying out illustrations, or flying to California to persuade Michael Jackson to write his autobiography. Reading Jackie provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look at Jackie at work: how she commissioned books and nurtured authors, as well as how she helped to shape stories that spoke to her strongly. Jackie is remembered today for her marriages to JFK and to Aristotle Onassis, but her real legacy is the books that reveal the tastes, recollections, and passions of an independent woman. From the Hardcover edition.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday. Based on archives and interviews with Jackie's authors, colleagues, and friends, Reading Jackie mines this significant period of her life to reveal both the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image. Though Jackie had a reputation for avoiding publicity, she willingly courted controversy in her books. She was the first editor to commission a commercially-successful book telling the story of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his female slave. Her publication of Gelsey Kirkland's attack on dance icon George Balanchine caused another storm. Jackie rarely spoke of her personal life, but many of her books ran parallel to, echoed, and emerged from her own experience. She was the editor behind bestsellers on the assassinations of Tsar Nicholas II and John Lennon, and in another book she paid tribute to the allure of Marilyn Monroe and Maria Callas. Her other projects take us into territory she knew well: journeys to Egypt and India, explorations of the mysteries of female beauty and media exploitation, into the minds of photographers, art historians, and the designers at Tiffany & Co. Many Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few knew her as the woman sitting on her office floor laying out illustrations, or flying to California to persuade Michael Jackson to write his autobiography. Reading Jackie provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look at Jackie at work: how she commissioned books and nurtured authors, as well as how she helped to shape stories that spoke to her strongly. Jackie is remembered today for her marriages to JFK and to Aristotle Onassis, but her real legacy is the books that reveal the tastes, recollections, and passions of an independent woman. From the Hardcover edition.
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis never wrote a memoir, but she told her life story and revealed herself in intimate ways through the nearly 100 books she brought into print during the last two decades of her life as an editor at Viking and Doubleday. Based on archives and interviews with Jackie's authors, colleagues, and friends, Reading Jackie mines this significant period of her life to reveal both the serious and the mischievous woman underneath the glamorous public image. Though Jackie had a reputation for avoiding publicity, she willingly courted controversy in her books. She was the first editor to commission a commercially-successful book telling the story of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his female slave. Her publication of Gelsey Kirkland's attack on dance icon George Balanchine caused another storm. Jackie rarely spoke of her personal life, but many of her books ran parallel to, echoed, and emerged from her own experience. She was the editor behind bestsellers on the assassinations of Tsar Nicholas II and John Lennon, and in another book she paid tribute to the allure of Marilyn Monroe and Maria Callas. Her other projects take us into territory she knew well: journeys to Egypt and India, explorations of the mysteries of female beauty and media exploitation, into the minds of photographers, art historians, and the designers at Tiffany & Co. Many Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few knew her as the woman sitting on her office floor laying out illustrations, or flying to California to persuade Michael Jackson to write his autobiography. Reading Jackie provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look at Jackie at work: how she commissioned books and nurtured authors, as well as how she helped to shape stories that spoke to her strongly. Jackie is remembered today for her marriages to JFK and to Aristotle Onassis, but her real legacy is the books that reveal the tastes, recollections, and passions of an independent woman. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Denaker

Length:

12h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:47


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:59


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:40


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:07


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:46


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:23


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:57


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:11


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:05


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:06


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:48


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:53


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:38


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:50


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:32


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:08


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:26


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:00


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:32


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:05


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:36


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:37


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:46


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:49


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:22


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:59


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:26


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:23


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

00:35