I got this book from the lib when Lainey mentioned it in passing in a post last week. I didn’t even really read what it was about, I just figured, what the heck! First off, some funny things, I didn’t realize it was a memoir, but hey, I love biographies so great! And two, I had no idea that this person is famous (or relatively famous). So I went into reading it thinking it was a fiction story about something, I didn’t know what.
Emma has mental health problems. Suicidal thoughts - and she acts on them occasionally. She also cuts herself and has some destructive tendencies. She has wonderful, loving, wildly eccentric parents, she has a beautiful imagination and thought process. If only she wasn’t so sad. Emma is also a famous writer, something that she kind of dances around but doesn’t linger on. I love that. In real life, Emma Forrest has interviewed some of the most famous people in popular culture. But she only mentions one famous person she interviewed, and that was Brad Pitt. And all she mentions is that she told him he wasn’t as good looking as the guy she was seeing. Smirk.
This book has 3 kind of parts of her life that it explores - her relationship, her admiration, her respect for her psychiatrist, who truly loves and supports her in a platonic and professional way. A success story. The second part is her relationship with the world - her parents, her mental health, New York, her friends, her lovers. Then it speaks to her passionate, incredible, heartbreaking relationship with GH, who in real life, is Colin Farrell. Just enough smut to get you googling, you know?
I want to say that this book is non-linear, but that’s not true, it is a linear story that follows the timeline of her life. It does jump around, but not so much that it distracts you. She has such a strong voice, and such an interesting way of describing the world, this really was a book worth reading. I found myself so fascinated not by what was happening, but how her thoughts processed what was happening to her. This is a great read!
So REMIND ME to go through this list in greater detail…
One of our favorite things about the holiday season is the recap of the year in books! Publications, websites, and readers everywhere begin pulling together what they think is the cream of the crop — the best books of the year. Take a look below through some of the lists we’ve pulled together, and keep an eye here for additions to the list as we approach the end of this stellar literary year.
There’s something that makes me laugh about a novel with the caption “Now a major motion picture!” on the cover. Maybe because I don’t feel like movies give books validity, but maybe it’s also because that is the perfect terminology for a person who didn’t know that this book was produced into a movie.
This book review is a little different for me.
I usually on review books I like. Why? Because if I don’t like a book, I quit reading it after 50 pages. I don’t finish it. How can I review it?
But Mrs. Kennedy and Me was recommended as a good vacation read by my friend Kendra, like a zillion years ago, but I had to wait until I could get it from the library, and when I put my name on the hold list, I was like 37th in line or something.
SO - here’s the long and short of my review. Jacqueline Kennedy is - to some people - one of the most fascinating women of the 20th century. I personally don’t find her all that interesting, but maybe the myth is based on people’s face to face interactions about her intelligence and presence, because there has yet to be a book that convinces me she’s anything interesting.
ANYWAYS - so Jackie has the potential to be incredible interesting. And she was a part of a major time period in American history - the presidency and assassination of JFK. This is a memoir written by Jackie’s chief Secret Service Agent, Clint Hill, who had totally unparalleled access to her life.
Clint Hill has managed to take someone interesting and a time period that is incredible interesting and make them so boring it took me two weeks to finish a 200 page book. When I look back at every story and chapter in the book, it irritated me - each one has the potential to be fascinating. But this book is boring.
You win some - you lose some.
Because honestly, this will take me a while to read.
SO HAPPY to have gotten this in the mail yesterday. When we were in Palmy with my parents, we went to see the movie Lincoln, which was fan.tast.ic. SO GOOD.
The movie was based on this book, Book of Rivals, which speaks to Lincoln’s strategy in picking his closest cabinet members and advisers. Apparently, this is a book that Obama held close to him and read during his 2008 Democratic nomination campaign. When he was nominated, he took Lincoln’s strategy in selecting his biggest rivals in the nomination campaign as his closest allies going forward - hence why Hilz is Secretary of State and the best human currently on the planet.
I’m pumped to read this - REALLY pumped - and so glad my Dad sent it to me!! But the turn around on this book review might be a little longer. This mother is heavy.