|Ms. Onassis meets with her boss at Viking, 1975 (via)|
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It's about: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had an eventful 1975. This book describes the projects the ultrafamous former first lady undertook in that year, after she became a widow for the second time. Released from her duties as wife and nearly finished being a full-time mother, she discovered a new sense of personal independence and explored roles as a writer, editor, and preservationist.
I thought: Almost exactly five years ago, I read Tina Cassidy's Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. I adored that book. It's on my mental list of favorite nonfictions ever, and I've given it to several friends as gifts. So when Jackie After O was offered to The Blue Bookcase for review, I jumped at the chance to read it. And, once again, I enjoyed and respected the author's clear style, organization, and research. She presents her topics in this smart, smooth, journalistic way; that's exactly what I like to find in nonfiction.
Verdict: In-between. It's a good piece of nonfiction, but it just didn't particularly float my boat.
Reading Recommendations: Obviously, read it if you're a big fan of Ms. Onassis! Otherwise, check out Birth, by the same author, instead.
Warnings: A couple of quoted swears (mostly from Aristotle Onassis)
What I'm reading next: Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler