Easy and engaging. Glimpses into the private lives of our first families - without giving too much gossip-y stuff away. The WH (residence) staff are dEasy and engaging. Glimpses into the private lives of our first families - without giving too much gossip-y stuff away. The WH (residence) staff are dedicated observers of the most private moments in the WH lives of the Presidents and the First Ladies. There were some surprises for me...but temperaments were as I suspected...especially among the First Ladies.
The book is well written and Ms. Browers in depth research is impeccable. While you do get a true sense of the dedication required for WH staff I would not call this a "tell all" book. Which is as it should be. Our First Families are human...and they deserve privacy in the at home time. You do get a good sense of who was easy and who was more difficult....which may follow your own suspicions.
I agree with one reviewer who said that there was a wee bit of repetitiveness and another who said that some judicious editing might have helped a bit but all in all this was a fascinating read and I am glad that I pulled it from the shelf...actually I had to wait a bit to get my turn at the library...and that's a good indication in itself!...more
This was fun, light, read about the creation Jackie Kennedy's iconic "American Made" Chanel suit that she enjoyed wearing, that Jack Kennedy liked seeThis was fun, light, read about the creation Jackie Kennedy's iconic "American Made" Chanel suit that she enjoyed wearing, that Jack Kennedy liked seeing her wear and that she was wearing on that awful, fateful, day in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
The author did quite a bit research in the writing of this book (as she details at the end of the book) and becuase it there is a lot of solid information about couture sewing, the process of making an "American Made" Chanel suit...yes, it is possible and the book tells how they do it! As a person of Irish descent I appreciated the very true-to-life details about the experiences of the Irish community of Inwood,, New York.
I found quite a lot to like about this book. Some of the characters felt just a bit flat for me and I am not sure why...I did engage with the main seamstress, Kate...while my feelings about her Irish butcher love interest, Patrick, were somewhat ambivalent. I found the owners of the American couture house "Chez Ninon" (where Kate works) to be a bit shallow and somehat unblieveable - although I suspect that they were more the norm of that milieu than not. Although Kates's Da - who remained on th Island (Ireland) was a merely incidental character with few mentions I actually felt more about him than some of the main characters. Go figure!
I thoroughly enjoyed some of the insider bits of knowledge about the the couture sewing environment and the book successfully made the story about the making of the suit rather than the about the last time it was worn...that is laudable for such an iconic piece of clothing.
This is light, quick, read that people who have even a slight interest in apparel sewing will enjoy - as will those who need/want a quick "palette cleanser' of a book between more ponderpus reads, who anyone who enjoys a well turned light read. This would be a great vacation, beach, cruise, staycation kind of book!...more