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Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  366 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Defined in the public eye by her two high-profile marriages, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faced a personal crossroads on the eve of 1975. Her relationship with Aristotle Onassis was crumbling while his health was rapidly declining. Her children were nearing adulthood, soon to leave her with an empty nest. Both death and scandal were about to strike yet again. But 1975 would ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by It Books (first published March 20th 2012)
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Marcie
May 27, 2012 Marcie rated it it was amazing
As far back as I can remember, and even before that, the world has been infatuated with Jackie Kennedy Onassis. She first became a public icon when her husband ran for office back in the 1960's. Since then the stylish, soft spoken first lady became a celebrity. Jackie After O by Tina Cassidy focuses specifically on the period in Jackie's life after her second husband passed away. Cassidy writes an introspective view on Jackie's life. This is a fantastic book worth reading!
During this period, Jac
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Angelc
May 09, 2012 Angelc rated it really liked it
I went into this book without too much prior knowledge of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, other than that she was a beloved First Lady. I'm glad to say that I learned a lot about this fascinating woman, both of her later life, and her life during her tumultuous years as First Lady. Gladly, the book is never gossipy, the author relies on facts and first-hand accounts to tell the story. There are many footnotes on every page so that the reader can go to the original source. That being said, the author ...more
Bigtreble
Mar 12, 2016 Bigtreble rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Since my "defining tragedy" was the assassination of JFK, I have always been a bit obsessed about the Kennedy clan and have read most of the books about the family. I would have to rate this book among the best about Jackie. I remember when she married Onassis and all the questions the world had about that union. This book explains a lot of (perhaps) who she was. Very good.
Jena
Mar 17, 2016 Jena rated it it was ok
Este libro, como lo dice su titulo, solo se refiere al año de 1975 cuando definió sus sus expectativas ( el definió es mío, el verbo es desafió) y redescubrió sus sueños. A pesar de ello pienso que, aunque se contara su vida entera, para las nuevas generaciónes Jackie O no representa nada o casi nada; en cambio para las generaciones de mujeres entonces veinteañeras de los años 60, fue un modelo en cuanto a esposa de un encumbrado político, arte, moda, modales, educación universitaria, propias de ...more
Kelly Hager
Apr 19, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it liked it
This is about Jackie Kennedy in 1975, the year when her life completely changed. Each chapter details an aspect of her life that year. Her second husband died, her kids were essentially grown (Caroline had graduated and John was in hgh school), she got a job in publishing and worked to preserve Grand Central Station.

Obviously, everyone has defining events in their lives, things which will mark a sort of "before" and "after." It's generally not an entire year, though. But with Jackie, it seems li
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Diane
Oct 25, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
The fascination with the Kennedy family is perpetual, and even though Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was a Kennedy by marriage, her life still generates books, films and even a jewelry line bearing her influence and name.

Tina Cassidy has written a book, Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations & Rediscovered Her Dreams, that gives a brief overview of her subject's life, concentrating more on the work she accomplished and less on her well-doc
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Elizabeth
May 10, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I have to admit that before I read this book, I didn't know a whole lot about Jackie. I knew who she was, of course, and could remember a few salacious "JACKIE O!" headlines in the tabloids from the time this book is set (1975), but to me she was just a famous person in big sunglasses whose life I couldn't really imagine. The few items I'd read from her White House years made me think she was a typical 50's housewife, content to raise the kids and go shopping while her husband saved the free wor ...more
LaurieH118
Feb 27, 2013 LaurieH118 rated it liked it
I thought Ms. Cassidy found a new way to look an oft-told tale. Jackie is one of the most written-about women of modern times, yet most of the biographies spend the lion's share of their time on the 10 years she spent with JFK. She was 24 when she married him, 34 when she was widowed the first time, and spent decades without him. Cassidy's account of how Jackie spent all those years, how she rediscovered her independence, is a quick and interesting read.

It's ironic and sad that Jackie O. worked
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Isabelle
Aug 19, 2014 Isabelle rated it did not like it
The mid 70s is a period of many changes in Jackie's life, and I am fascinated by a woman who kept reinventing herself despite all the blows in her life.

So I was naturally drawn to Jackie After O, sadly after seeing blatant errors, the book has lost all it's credibility to me. I write online movie guides and accuracy is my priority. I cannot imagine writing a fact without searching and double or triple checking an information.

Jackie driving a Mustang in the 50s? no unless she had found a time ma
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Connie
Yes, Jackie had wealth, prestige, and beauty, but beyond this she had remarkable gifts. Through her life in the White House and the shocking death of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, and continuing through the following years, including her marriage to and the 1975 death of her husband, Onassis, she gradually began to spread her wings, to use her influence, personality, and way with words to affect the worlds of historical preservation, art, and literature.

Because different times of her
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Barbara M
I've read a number of books about the Kennedys. I learned some new and interesting information about Jackie reading this book. This book highlighted her intelligence and contributions to the arts, literature, and her preservation work.

During the time her husband, Jack Kennedy, was alive, she quietly did a lot of work behind the scenes. She wanted the focus to be on her husband, the President, and she didn't seem to take credit for a lot of the work she did. During her marriage to Onassis, he did
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CritiCalGal
Oct 19, 2015 CritiCalGal rated it it was ok
I read this with one of my book clubs, and I found it unspectacular. The parts I liked involved descriptions of architectural treasures Jackie worked hard to save and/or restore. Apart from that, it was pretty pedestrian stuff -- little I didn't know before, though perhaps providing more detail. I might be the wrong age for this. My mother was fascinated by Jackie, while I've never much understood the allure.

Eleanor Roosevelt is more my type.

My primary gripe about this book is that while it clai
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Rebecca Plaine
Nov 23, 2014 Rebecca Plaine rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up at Goodwill of all places. I grabbed it on my way out for something to read on the subway. I was pleasantly surprised by the inviting nature of the text, instead of a dense "tough" read. I felt that it was an easy read, without lacking content. It wasn't "fluffy" but the story flowed wonderfully. And I guess that is what made it work. It was a story about her life, instead of a regurgitation of her accomplishments without any "storytelling" ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Nov 30, 2014 Mary Louise Sanchez rated it really liked it
In 1975 with her children starting to leave the nest and her the health of Onassis was poor, Jackie wanted to pursue opportunities that would use her talents and skills. She championed the cause to save Grand Central Terminal in New York City and used the skills she learned as First Lady writing letters then asking for donations to refurbish the White House and also prevent Layfayette Square from undergoing the wrecking ball. She also pursued a job in publishing and developed many projects with ...more
Lynn Dixon
May 23, 2015 Lynn Dixon rated it liked it
Jackie After O tells about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and it shows how she was always engaged in the arts and did valuable work. In her early days, she was interviewer and photographer when she met her first husband, President Kennedy. She was an interior designer who redecorated the White House and other family properties. After she became a widow, she reinvented herself and became a book editor with Viking and Doubleday and fought to save historic buildings in New York such as Gran ...more
Lynda Kelly
This wasn't bad although a bit slapdash with the editing process, I think. My biggest gripe with it was the amount of times spaces were left out of words. This happened the whole way through and was irritating. Careless, too. Like twentyeight-room, TimesHerald, socialregister, seventeeen-yearold page.
Forward was used in place of foreword and wale in place of wail which is pretty dire then a caption under a photo continued in the preceding text which made for some confusion.
There were some photos
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Divya
A pretty interesting read for lovers of biographies, especially if you are interested in how real life of celebrities are. But it does mainly derive its sources from news and interviews and can seem like reading a story than reading about a person. The title Jackie after O is a bit misleading as it does focus a lot on how she got there and her formative years. In a way that's good because Jackie is more identifiable as the First Lady phenomenon than any other role. The book also gives us great i ...more
Katherine
May 05, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
Jackie After O centers on the most pivotal year in the former First Lady's life: 1975. This was the year that her second husband, Aristotle Onassis, died, leaving Jackie a widow for the second time in her 46 years. According to Tina Cassidy's new biography, it was his death that ultimately led Jackie to reassess her life and its future course. Over the course of one year she took on some of the most challenging roles of her life and transformed from being (solely) a fashion icon to an icon of th ...more
June Morgan
Jul 08, 2012 June Morgan rated it really liked it
I have always admired Jackie Kennedy O - I don't even think about that part of her life. I remember being glued sitting in 6th period in 7th grade when the principal came on the intercom and announced that President Kennedy had been shot. I remember I was driving down Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC when Bobby Kennedy was killed.

I have always had a silent admiration for this family even with all the good and the bad that has happened.

JACKIE AFTER O continues the story of Jackie after Jack was ki
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Sarah Joyce Bryant
May 07, 2012 Sarah Joyce Bryant rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while I come across a book that grabs my attention and doesn’t let go.Jackie After O is one of those books. Tina Cassidy does a fantastic job of presenting the facts about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ life in 1975 in an engaging way. She provides us with important background information that helps us better understand the scope of what Jackie endured and what she ultimately accomplished. Cassidy captures the era in which Jackie lived and the expectations of women at that time thro ...more
Laurel-Rain
Aug 17, 2012 Laurel-Rain rated it liked it
As a long time fan of all things Kennedy, I was eager to read "Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams," hoping for more information than I had already gleaned from other sources.

While there were additional tidbits about the "one remarkable year when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis defied expectations and rediscovered her dreams," there were also numerous scenes that felt like regurgitated facts from all the other stories I h
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Patrice
Jun 10, 2012 Patrice rated it liked it
Well, after spending months slogging through Moby Dick, trying to understand the impossible to understand, my poor brain needed a break and this was it. I've followed the adventures of Jackie kennedy since I was a 10 year old. In those days she and the whole Kennedy clan were a combination of royalty, movie stars, national heroes, and role models in every way.

Things have changed and the truth is never the same as the image. But the story of the family does remind me of a Greek tragedy so there i
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Maria
Apr 30, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
The 411 by Maria:
It only took about 3 days to get through this book and that says a lot in my very busy 3 full time jobs if you count mommy a job!

Jackie has always been interesting to me but more so as I get older. Most of the books I have read about her were about her life as the presidents wife but this one focus more on her later years. I remember when she passed away and how crushed I was that "the a former first lady had passed" but what sat with me more and made me sit up straighter in my
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Pat Lampe
Feb 27, 2016 Pat Lampe rated it liked it
Enjoyable book about Ms Onassis in 1975 during her husband's illness and subsequent death. She fought to save Grand Central Station and began employment as a consulting editor at Viking. The book was really a biography with emphasis on that year but including much about her entire life. I think she was a remarkable woman.
Maryclaire Zampogna
Feb 10, 2016 Maryclaire Zampogna rated it really liked it
I loved this book and especially the author's delivery. It was written totally different from any of the other bio's I read. Jackie Kennedy Onassis was a woman of many different worlds and the people within. This book shows her alone side which I find very humble.
Terri
May 11, 2012 Terri rated it did not like it
When you can't even get one of the most important historical dates in history correct it does not bode well for the book. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 not November 23. Most of this book is simply a Jackie biography. That's fine but its not what the title of the book indicated it should be.If you are a Kennedy reader then you know the stories you know the set up. The Onassis years are best covered by Edward Klein or Christopher Anderson in their books. It was an interes ...more
Vaun Healey
Feb 11, 2016 Vaun Healey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about a woman of substance.

Not many women have the luck that Jacqueline Bouvier was born into. Then again, she was not born free. I feel that she probably was a lonely child and also confused as to who or where she truly belonged.
Fraya
Jan 02, 2013 Fraya rated it really liked it


At the early pages I underestimated the less-blunt author writing style, indeed i forgot that this is the story of an ex first lady which happens to be also a fashion icon on her decades. Right through these chapters "the target" and "the working woman", my expectation of the slightly controversy side on her life starting to fulfilled as Cassidy emerged carefully in describing women in Jackie's generation, post-Onassis death, and how she try to proceed her life with no spouse and growing-up chi
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Jackie Tebbe
I though it was worth the read.

I'm glad I read this. Learned a lot about Jacqueline I didn't know about - both good and bad. would be interested in reading more about pre and during JFKs presidency.



Sue Kuzel
Famous but also Tragic

Interesting look into the life and struggles of a woman dealing with great loss & disappointment. Truly a difficult time for women and especially single woman.
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