Jackie's Girl

Jackie's Girl

My Life With the Kennedy Family

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An endearing coming-of-age memoir by a young woman who spent thirteen years as Jackie Kennedy's personal assistant and occasional nanny--and the lessons about life and love she learned from the glamorous first lady.

In 1964, Kathy McKeon was just nineteen years old and newly arrived from Ireland when she was hired as the personal assistant to former first lady Jackie Kennedy. The next thirteen years of her life were spent in Jackie's service, during which Kathy not only played a crucial role in raising young Caroline and John Jr., but also had a front-row seat to some of the twentieth century's most significant events.

Because Kathy was always at Jackie's side, Rose Kennedy deemed her "Jackie's girl." And although Kathy called Jackie "Madam," she considered her employer more like a big sister who, in many ways, mentored her on how to be a lady. Kathy was there during Jackie and Aristotle Onassis's courtship and marriage and Robert Kennedy's assassination, dutifully supporting Jackie and the children during these tumultuous times in history.

A rare and engrossing look at the private life of one of the most famous women of the twentieth century, Jackie's Girl is also a moving personal story of a young woman finding her identity and footing in a new country, along with the help of the most elegant woman in America.
Publisher: New York :, Gallery Books,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781501158940
Branch Call Number: BIO MCKEON K. McKeon 04/2017
Characteristics: 309 pages :,chiefly color illustrations ;,24 cm


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Oct 21, 2017

Most people will be drawn to read this memoir for the insight into Jackie's life (as was I). But what really impacted me was Kathy McKeon's sharing of her own life of survival in Ireland and her own personality and growth as a young woman with a foot in two worlds. This is the second great memoir I have read this year (Shoe Dog being the first).

Aug 16, 2017

A pretty amazing story about how a poor, relatively uneducated, recently arrived Irish immigrant lands a job as a personal assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy The tales she tells provide glimpses into the Kennedy household, how Jackie spent her private hours, and the life of a personal assistant to a famous person. The author alternates between being grateful for the opportunities that this job afforded and being resentful about the lack of free time and a private life. This book will be especially appreciated by anyone who enjoys learning more about the life and times of the Kennedy family.


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