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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. hough 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. any Americans regarded Jackie as the paragon of grace, but few
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William Kuhn is a biographer and historian. He is the author of three previous books, including, most recently, a controversial biography, The Politics of Pleasure: A Portrait of Benjamin Disraeli. His Henry and Mary Ponsonby: Life at the Court of Queen Victoria was a BBC Radio Four Book of the Week read by actor Geoffrey Palmer.

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"A fascinating window into an aspect of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that few of us know."--USA Today "Sheds new light on the part of Jackie's life that she most clearly chose for herself. . . . An essential chapter in a remarkable life. . . . What's clear from [Reading Jackie] is that Jackie was a remarkably perceptive and sensitive editor with a regard for writing and a sense of what makes writing good--far more than just a socialite in an office with a drop-dead Rolodex."--Los Angeles Times "This book shows Jackie not as a First Lady or fashion icon, but as an intellectual, well-read woman."--New York Daily News "Jackie O loved powerful men, but her passion was for writers. . . . [Kuhn] reveals some fascinating facts about the literary Jackie."--O, The Oprah Magazine "William Kuhn reveals the Jackie I knew as a person and professional: serious, smart, intuitive about ideas and aesthetics, but also down to earth in the sense of understanding the potential audience for a book. In Reading Jackie I learned so much about her I didn't know, and Kuhn tells the story with such flowing grace of phrase and structure. A splendid work."--Bill Moyers "Unexpectedly and intelligently dishy. . . . Quite a fascinating portrait of a complex woman, who had the interests and enthusiasms of her class and was allowed to indulge those passions with singular force and focus."--The Boston Globe "It is enlightening to see [Jackie] not simply as the stylish wife of two powerful men, but also as a career woman who oversaw the publication of close to 100 books in her two decades at Viking and Doubleday, and to know she was greatly admired by both her peers and the authors she edited."--The Star-Ledger "Absorbing. . . . Fascinating. . . . A treat for bibliophiles and Jackiephiles--and especially for those whom those interests overlap."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "Enlightening and surprising. . . . Impeccably researched. . . . Provides insights that would never have been available to outsiders."--Buffalo News "Embedded in the book is a fascinating look at the vanities of New York publishing in the late 20th century: how books got acquired, edited and sold; how the tastes of a few individuals shaped reading habits of the masses."--San Francisco Chronicle "Reading Jackie illuminates a literary life. . . . The portrait that emerges is of a highly cultured, witty woman who loved ballet, art and history and developed a deep knowledge of many topics."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "[Kuhn] makes the compelling argument that Onassis was much more intellectual and thoughtful than many portrayals in the media suggested."--Town and Country A fascinating window into an aspect of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that few of us know. USA Today Sheds new light on the part of Jackie s life that she most clearly chose for herself. . . . An essential chapter in a remarkable life. . . . What s clear from [Reading Jackie] is that Jackie was a remarkably perceptive and sensitive editor with a regard for writing and a sense of what makes writing good far more than just a socialite in an office with a drop-dead Rolodex. Los Angeles Times This book shows Jackie not as a First Lady or fashion icon, but as an intellectual, well-read woman. New York Daily News Jackie O loved powerful men, but her passion was for writers. . . . [Kuhn] reveals some fascinating facts about the literary Jackie. O, The Oprah Magazine William Kuhn reveals the Jackie I knew as a person and professional: serious, smart, intuitive about ideas and aesthetics, but also down to earth in the sense of understanding the potential audience for a book. In Reading Jackie I learned so much about her I didn t know, and Kuhn tells the story with such flowing grace of phrase and structure. A splendid work. Bill Moyers Unexpectedly and intelligently dishy. . . . Quite a fascinating portrait of a complex woman, who had the interests and enthusiasms of her class and was allowed to indulge those passions with singular force and focus. The Boston Globe It is enlightening to see [Jackie] not simply as the stylish wife of two powerful men, but also as a career woman who oversaw the publication of close to 100 books in her two decades at Viking and Doubleday, and to know she was greatly admired by both her peers and the authors she edited. The Star-Ledger Absorbing. . . . Fascinating. . . . A treat for bibliophiles and Jackiephiles and especially for those whom those interests overlap. Richmond Times-Dispatch Enlightening and surprising. . . . Impeccably researched. . . . Provides insights that would never have been available to outsiders. Buffalo News Embedded in the book is a fascinating look at the vanities of New York publishing in the late 20th century: how books got acquired, edited and sold; how the tastes of a few individuals shaped reading habits of the masses. San Francisco Chronicle Reading Jackie illuminates a literary life. . . . The portrait that emerges is of a highly cultured, witty woman who loved ballet, art and history and developed a deep knowledge of many topics. Fort Worth Star-Telegram [Kuhn] makes the compelling argument that Onassis was much more intellectual and thoughtful than many portrayals in the media suggested. Town and Country" "A fascinating window into an aspect of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that few of us know."--"USA Today" "Sheds new light on the part of Jackie's life that she most clearly chose for herself. . . . An essential chapter in a remarkable life. . . . What's clear from ["Reading Jackie"] is that Jackie was a remarkably perceptive and sensitive editor with a regard for writing and a sense of what makes writing good--far more than just a socialite in an office with a drop-dead Rolodex."--"Los Angeles Times" "This book shows Jackie not as a First Lady or fashion icon, but as an intellectual, well-read woman."--"New York Daily News" "Jackie O loved powerful men, but her passion was for writers. . . . [Kuhn] reveals some fascinating facts about the literary Jackie."--"O, The Oprah Magazine" "William Kuhn reveals the Jackie I knew as a person and professional: serious, smart, intuitive about ideas and aesthetics, but also down to earth in the sense of understanding the potential audience for a book. In "Reading Jackie" I learned so much about her I didn't know, and Kuhn tells the story with such flowing grace of phrase and structure. A splendid work."--Bill Moyers "Unexpectedly and intelligently dishy. . . . Quite a fascinating portrait of a complex woman, who had the interests and enthusiasms of her class and was allowed to indulge those passions with singular force and focus."--"The Boston Globe" "It is enlightening to see [Jackie] not simply as the stylish wife of two powerful men, but also as a career woman who oversaw the publication of close to 100 books in her two decades at Viking and Doubleday, and to know she was greatly admired by both her peers and the authors she edited."--"The Star-Ledger" "Absorbing. . . . Fascinating. . . . A treat for bibliophiles and Jackiephiles--and especially for those whom those interests overlap."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch" "Enlightening and surprising. . . . Impeccably researched. . . . Provides insights that would never have been available to outsiders."--"Buffalo News" "Embedded in the book is a fascinating look at the vanities of New York publishing in the late 20th century: how books got acquired, edited and sold; how the tastes of a few individuals shaped reading habits of the masses."--"San Francisco Chronicle" ""Reading Jackie" illuminates a literary life. . . . The portrait that emerges is of a highly cultured, witty woman who loved ballet, art and history and developed a deep knowledge of many topics."--"Fort Worth Star-Telegram" "[Kuhn] makes the compelling argument that Onassis was much more intellectual and thoughtful than many portrayals in the media suggested."--"Town and Country" "William Kuhn reveals the Jackie I knew as a person and professional: serious, smart, intuitive about ideas and aesthetics, but also down to earth in the sense of understanding the potential audience for a book. In "Reading Jackie" I learned so much about her I didn't know, and Kuhn tells the story with such flowing grace of phrase and structure. A splendid work."--Bill Moyers "Jackie appears (as she was) a well-liked, respected colleague, often slyly funny and not given to showboating ... Seeing Jackie kneeling on her office floor going through page layouts gives us a new image to keep that myth alive ... If we're going to have a myth, why not one with her nose in a book?"--"The Washington Post" "Unexpectedly and intelligently dishy ... In the end, this is quite a fascinating portrait of a complex woman, who had the interests and enthusiasms of her class and was allowed to indulge those passions with singular force and focus."--"The Boston Globe" "A re

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