A WOMAN REDEFINED BY HER CHOICES — A REVIEW

As a long time fan of all things Kennedy, I was eager to read Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams, hoping for more information than I had already gleaned from other sources.

While there were additional tidbits about the “one remarkable year when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis defied expectations and rediscovered her dreams,” there were also numerous scenes that felt like regurgitated facts from all the other stories I have read.

Perhaps these facts were included to help set this one year in a context, which is definitely understandable.

I did enjoy this excerpt that summed up the year:

“…chronic searching can take you around the world, but finding home within oneself is the most rewarding journey. And that’s what Jackie did in 1975. She had even begun to lay plans for a retreat that she could truly call her own–not at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, or on Onassis’s island in the Aegean, but a tract of land she acquired on Martha’s Vineyard, with the vast Atlantic defining the contours of her own private beach.”

Despite the repetition of material, I enjoyed this story of a woman previously defined by the men in her life who had finally carved out her own identity as a person.

However, some rather glaring errors throughout the text, such as referring to the assassination of JFK as occurring on 11/23/63 (instead of 11/22/63) and a few other editing mistakes led to granting this book three stars only. Read it for any information you might glean as a fan, but be wary that other facts could be in error as well.

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