Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
I read about this in the latest issue of US Harpers Bazaar and it sounds fascinating!
“She was Mrs. Kennedy for a decade, a Presidential widow for 5 years and the wife of a Greek millionaire for 7. That accounts for just over 20 of her 64 years, and yet those are the areas most biographers concentrate on.
Finally a serious, affectionate and inspiring view of 15+ years she spent as a book editor. This is the life she built by herself, for herself, after living her life and realizing her ambitions through men. She brought everything that had come before — her jetset celebrity, her role as the First Lady who restored the White House, her times as a young woman living in Paris — to her career in publishing. Here we see her learning the industry (everything from office politics to working the xerox machine), nurturing her authors and championing the projects that spoke to her. Perhaps because she had received so much attention in other areas of her life, she concentrated more on *the work* than on receiving credit.
Don’t assume that just because this book is a classy account of her literary life that it’s dry and boring. Many anecdotes give us an idea of the woman herself (she loved burgers for lunch and really did speak in that breathy little-girl voice) and include juicy glimpses at other celebrities (from Sinatra to Mayor Daley to Carly Simon to Michael Jackson)” Review from Amazon
$15 Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (January 4, 2011) Amazon.com