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Jackie O: On the Couch


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"Jackie O: On the Couch is the first of Alma Bond's "On the Couch" series, and is Dr. Bond's nineteenth published book. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, graduated from the post-doctoral program in psychoanalysis at the Freudian Society, and was a psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer, but now maintains a small practice in addition to writing. Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, and the Authors Guild, as well as a fellow and faculty member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She became one of the first non-medical analysts to be elected to the International Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Bond grew up in Philadelphia, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Temple University, and following voluntary military service, moved to New York, where she earned a graduate degree in psychology from Columbia University. A longtime resident of New York City, she lived for nearly a dozen years in south Florida."


This book is brilliant and fascinating. I am in awe of Dr. Bond's ability to paint so layered, and so riveting, a profile. The fact that it is written in the first person provides the reader an intimacy and understanding that no normal third-person biography could ever accomplish. -Dr. Abe Bortz, Co-Editor of Book of the Month Club Selection Live by the Sword and Frequent Book Reviewer for The Baltimore Sun In twenty finely wrought and sensitively drawn chapters, Bond creates a voice worth hearing. Her Jackie O is no cookie-cutter cardboard creation. Not the stuff of tabloids or stoic first ladies keeping their chin up while their real voice goes unheard. Instead, Bond gets inside Jackie's head and gives us a real flesh and blood human being with her own ambitions, desires, and contradictions, as well as a sensuality and psychology all her own. -Midwest Book Review Bond's meticulously researched biography of Jackie O is a page-turner. Though we know how it turns out (good girl morphs into bad girl, finally discovers self), Bond has put the puzzle pieces of Jackie's life together in such a way that she seems almost but never quite human. Bond's inside look at much of her life does her honor, yet she doesn't shy away from the more smug moments of Jackie's attitude. -Ann M. Neardsley, Scribes World Reviews I won't lie to you. I was skeptical. But by page 2, I was hooked. Jackie O: On the Couch is not only informative, it is insightful and interesting. I now know so much more about the enigmatic woman who was Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The book is beautifully written and offers a lot of insight into the world of Jackie O. This is the kind of book you hope someone would write about you when you are no longer of this world. -Bibliophilia Informative, historical, fascinating!!!! Learning about Jackie Kennedy from her point of view was enlightening. I have always been fascinated by her very public life and the tragedy that befell such a young woman. How she acted kept a country together and tongues wagging for years. I learned from her what the assassination of her husband did to her, her family, and her choices later in life. There are many facts that I didn't know and I found them answering questions I had. -Karen Broadhead, Granger High School, West Valley City, UT

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