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The Nine of Us - Growing Up Kennedy

Jean Kennedy Smith

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In this evocative and affectionate memoir, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving child of Joe and Rose Kennedy, offers an intimate and illuminating look at a time long ago when she and her siblings, guided by their parents, laughed and learned a great deal under one roof. Prompted by interesting tidbits in the newspaper, Rose and Joe Kennedy would pose questions to their nine children at the dinner table. "Where could Amelia Earhart have gone?" "How would you address this horrible drought?" "What would you do about the troop movements in Europe?" It was a nightly custom that helped shape the Kennedys into who they would become. Before Joe and Rose's children emerged as leaders on the world stage, they were a loving circle of brothers and sisters who played football, swam, read, and pursued their interests. They were children inspired by parents who instilled in them a strong work ethic, deep love of country, and intense appreciation for the sacrifices their ancestors made to come to America."No whining in this house!" was their father's regular refrain. It was his way of reminding them not to complain, to be grateful for what they had, and to give back. In her remarkable memoir, Kennedy Smith-the last surviving sibling-revisits this singular time in their lives. Filled with fascinating anecdotes and vignettes, The Nine of Us vividly depicts this large, close-knit family during a different time in American history. Kennedy Smith offers indelible, elegantly rendered portraits of her larger-than-life siblings and her parents. "They knew how to cure our hurts, bind our wounds, listen to our woes, and help us enjoy life," she writes. "We were lucky children indeed."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lorna Raver

Length:

5h 27m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:16


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:09