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My Life with Jacqueline Kennedy

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Mary Barelli Gallagher, personal secretary to the former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, writes of her time working for the Kennedy family between 1953 and 1964.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published October 1969 by Paperback Library (first published 1969)
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Kerry Kenney
Jackie's favorite vacation rental was a house at the very tip of the Cape, isolated on three sides, situated on rock, looking out at a vast ocean. Her secretary wondered why someone so young could love such a quiet, lonely place? I can easily imagine she loved feeling like no one was looking at her. This memoir is a betrayal. It's gossippy. And it's fantastic. My favorite JBK bio by far. It's the book you wished her friends had written about her that someone actually wrote. I picked up my copy ...more
Elizabeth Lugin
Jun 23, 2013 Elizabeth Lugin rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stay away from it for long, hard to put down. It was informative to some degree but I wished for more depth, or 'gossip'. Enough was told by this intimate associate which brought onto her some minor fallout. Ms. Gallagher's presence is very much there at the swearing in on Air Force One of Lyndon Johnson on that day, as the author shows in this book. Any displays of that scene on or in any other media shows NO Mary Gallagher. A clear snub.
Nov 23, 2013 Kathleen rated it liked it
Shelves: biography

Sneezed my way fhrough a vintage yellowed paperback version.

It's fairly dull reading, but I couldn't put it down for the 50th anniversary assassination weekend.

The late Ms. JO is depicted as a narcissistic princess who couldn't fathom why anyone would want or need overtime pay. I kept wanting Gallagher to just quit, for God's sake.

Decent enough read for those of us who, embarrassingly, just can't get enough Kennedy. The antique style - "the blessed event" and so on - has a certain charm.
Marlene Peterson
Dec 17, 2009 Marlene Peterson rated it liked it
This was an entertaining book. Being the Kennedy fan I am, I was hoping for some jucier gossip, but was thoroughly entertained by the details of the daily routine of Jackie's personal secretary.
May 08, 2015 Cierra rated it really liked it
really enjoyed it. It was honest, in regards to the author's personal experience, though it was no where near disrespectful.
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I loved this book because I love Jackie, not for any other reason. Gallagher drags out the details page after page.
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Mary Gallagher was born and grew up in Boston, the youngest of 12 children.

She first worked for a local paper company and then through Kenny O'Donnell, a former salesman for the company, she was hired by newly-elected Senator John F. Kennedy to be a secretary in his office, and went to Washington in January 1953.

Gallagher worked for Senator Kennedy for a number of years until her first child was
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