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One Special Summer

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
In 1951, eighteen-year-old Lee Bouvier and her twenty-two-year-old sister Jacqueline took their first trip to Europe together. Jackie had already spent a year in France living with a French family and attending the Sorbonne. Her many cards and letters had made her sister Lee want nothing more than to see Europe with Jackie. Having convinced their parents, the two young lad ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Rizzoli
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Jun 18, 2012 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of history, art, travel
Shelves: 2012
Do you have Seasonal Book Syndrome? It's when you find yourself picking up a particular book at the same time year after year. Seasonal Book Syndrome always hits me in the summer when I have to pick up One Special Summer by Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier.

I came across this book a few summers ago. I had just finished A Thousand Days of Magic: Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House by Oleg Cassini, which for a Vogue-loving political science nerd like me was total book porn, and I wanted to
Feb 01, 2014 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, art
Since I was reading another book about the Kennedys, I decided to take a break from that and read this. Its been on my shelves for a long time. Does anyone take a grand tour of Europe anymore. The book seems dated but did capture the excitement of two young women, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her sister, Lee Bouvier Radziwill on a really big adventure. The book is a collection of drawings, poetry, photos and notes from the trip. It was given to their mother as a thank you for letting them go. Its ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Susann rated it it was ok
Pleasant little diversion created by Jackie and Lee and presented to their mother after returning from their European Tour. For the most part, Lee handled the narratives and Jackie did the illustrations. It was not meant to be published and probably would have stayed in the family attic, if Jackie had not become Jackie. It was fun to imagine the stories that the sisters were *not* sharing with their mother.
Jul 03, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
I first came across this book at the beginning of June while I was visiting the JFK Library and Museum outside of Boston. Upon my return home, my mom provided me with her copy of the book to read. Although a quick and easy read, I still found this travel diary by the Bouvier sisters, a gift to their mother, to be enjoyable because it provided a bit of insight into Jackie Kennedy's life as a young woman traveling through Europe. The various escapades which Jackie and her sister found themselves i ...more
Emily Von pfahl
Feb 11, 2016 Emily Von pfahl rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
Charming, although hard to read since the print replicates their handwriting. I had no idea that our former first lady had such a talent for drawing.
Aug 31, 2015 'jean rated it liked it
Love the drawings. Writing was ok. I found it interesting to get a glimpse of a time period and of a certain class. Short and worth perusing.
Carol Nolte
Jan 22, 2016 Carol Nolte rated it liked it
Shelves: kennedys, memoir
Handwritten and drawn by the Bouvier sisters shortly after their trip to Europe. Delightfully rendered.
Jun 05, 2016 Thyme2Be rated it it was amazing
Amusing story-telling and fanciful artwork from a bygone era.
Nov 05, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
A charming look at travel in the delightful mid-century way.
Nov 12, 2014 Tracy added it
Shelves: living-overseas
skimmed this one.
Debbie Hoskins
Jan 25, 2012 Debbie Hoskins rated it really liked it
I found this in the oversize collection, an excellent example of visual journaling. The sisters are talented, but if Jacqueline wasn't famous this probably wouldn't have gotten published. The stories are funny and the illustrations are fun also. My mother enjoyed reading it, too. She said it reminded her of her Mother's trip to Europe and how that generation was different from the way things are now. The cover is appealing and done by a professional illustrator.
Feb 21, 2013 Beth marked it as to-read
I gave this book to my sister five years ago.
If you itch for summer, crave a trip with your sister, especially if you might have or did in the 50's, or want to float in the time and place--love Jackie and Lee or not, you'll enjoy their sketches and notes, a scrapbook originally made for their mother who allowed them to go visit counts and find their own way at 18 and 20. Their sense of the ridiculous in situations is history.
Apr 23, 2012 Lorraine rated it really liked it
I must disclose first that I'm a "Jacquelineaphil", so I love most books written by or about Jackie, having said that, 'One Special Summer' was a charming, sweet & quick read. I am traveling abroad with my two daughters for a few weeks and our journey will take us to several countries & this book has inspired me to create a travel journal with my daughters of our special trip that we too can look back upon some day! :)
June Pecchia
Jan 06, 2013 June Pecchia rated it really liked it
Recommended to June by: It was on the display shelf at Encinitas Library
Be there... with Jackie and Lee on the sister-trip of the 1950s: an ocean cruise to start a Grand Tour!
What fun creativity in words and images by these two debutantes!
Keep in mind: it's a period piece, with the mindset of the American uppercrust of the 1950s. You may take offense at some parts, but don't let it stop you from enjoying the entire book.
Apr 05, 2008 Donna rated it it was ok
Shelves: brain-candy
Jackie and Lee wrote the text for their mother who shared their experiences and aquaintances in a way the reader could not. There are too many holes in the narrative to make it a solid read--but it's cute and entertaining and there's something satisfying in knowing that the elegant Jackie O once worried about what to wear!
Oct 02, 2007 Michelle rated it liked it
This book was originally a gift to their mother--a memoir of a summer trip to Europe in the 50s done with sketches and notes and pictures. A glimpse into the Bouvier sisters lives before Jackie became something else. Sweet...

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Marianne Ogden
Nov 11, 2007 Marianne Ogden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacqueline and her sister made this book to remember their first great trip to Europe on their own. It is beautifully illustrated with their drawings and photos. I found it at the library in the oversized book section. It was adorable!
Mar 01, 2011 Ally rated it it was amazing
Fun, delightful, happy, sweet, charming, light read filled with personal antidotes, old postcard & treasured memories of 2 sisters traveling through Europe. A love letter to Jackie's Mother. Simply beautiful!
Kerry Kenney
Showcases some of Jackie Kennedy's humor and artistic talent. Happy, non-gossipy memoir written by Jackie and Lee Bouiver for the family only. Charming illustrations by JBKO.
Jenny Lynn
Dec 28, 2012 Jenny Lynn rated it it was amazing
Tonya Wagoner gave me this book after we were in the play "Lost in Yonkers" together! Great drawings, wonderful look at Paris through the eyes of two young sisters!
Oct 11, 2008 Jan rated it really liked it
This is such a wonderful scrapbook of a memorable trip taken. Jackie Onassis doing most of the pictures, Lee Radziwill doing most of the "talking".
Feb 20, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Very sweet and cute collection of letters, postcards, drawings, and journal entries from these two sisters' trip to Europe one summer.
Jul 15, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing
A wondeful little collection of what a European excursion would have been like way back in the day! Fun little read.
Apr 18, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather by: mom
Very cute. Who knew that Lee Bouvier was so funny, and that Jackie O. could draw like Thurber?
Erin O.
Jul 04, 2011 Erin O. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Adventure, glamor, elegance, grace! Every girl's fantasy of a European adventure.
Dec 18, 2010 LeAnne marked it as gave-up-can-t-finish
Cute book, not interested in reading the entire book. The illustrations were fun.
Feb 22, 2013 Melanie rated it liked it
Sweet, short book. I was stunned that Jacqueline did all the many illustrations!
Nov 24, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2013
This is a cute book about Bouvier sister's first trip to Europe together.
Kerry Kenney
Charming and unusual travelogue by the young Jacqueline Bouvier.
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