Jackie's Girl

Jackie's Girl

My Life With the Kennedy Family

eBook - 2017
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A coming-of-age memoir by a young woman who was Jackie Kennedy's personal assistant and sometime nanny for thirteen years describes her witness to significant historical events and the lessons about life and love she learned from the beloved First Lady.

Simon and Schuster
New York Times Bestseller
An endearing coming-of-age memoir by a young woman who spent thirteen years as Jackie Kennedy’s personal assistant and occasional nanny—and the lessons about life and love she learned from the glamorous first lady.

In 1964, Kathy McKeon was just nineteen years old and newly arrived from Ireland when she was hired as the personal assistant to former first lady Jackie Kennedy. The next thirteen years of her life were spent in Jackie's service, during which Kathy not only played a crucial role in raising young Caroline and John Jr., but also had a front-row seat to some of the twentieth century’s most significant events.

Because Kathy was always at Jackie’s side, Rose Kennedy deemed her “Jackie’s girl.” And although Kathy called Jackie “Madam,” she considered her employer more like a big sister who, in many ways, mentored her on how to be a lady. Kathy was there during Jackie and Aristotle Onassis’s courtship and marriage and Robert Kennedy’s assassination, dutifully supporting Jackie and the children during these tumultuous times in history.

A rare and engrossing look at the private life of one of the most famous women of the twentieth century, Jackie’s Girl is also a moving personal story of a young woman finding her identity and footing in a new country, along with the help of the most elegant woman in America.

Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2017
ISBN: 1501158961 (electronic bk.)
9781501158964 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B MCKEON
Characteristics: text file,rda
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MplsTA
Sep 03, 2017

I do think many (including the Kennedy's) took advantage of immigrant labor when hiring their household staff but I thought Mrs Kennedy also showed kindnesses that the rest of her family did not toward those in her employ.

An interesting look at life as the personal assistant to Jackie.

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Tomkitty1
Aug 03, 2017

I am glad I decided to read this memoir. If you are curious to learn how the rich and famous or rather how it was working for Jackie Kennedy after Camelot, this former employee provides all the details. I learned a lot about the rich Irish people and their hiring of Irish nanny, etc., and how they were treated upon arriving on the boat (plane). For one thing they were paid very low wages and worked excessive hours without benefit of overtime. In my opinion, they were taken advantage of. Now that surprised me about Jackie O. , especially with all the money she inherited and all the money she received from the divorce from Mr. Onassis.

I guess it's true what they say, the richer you are the more money you want.

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sirtfs
Jul 18, 2017

Another servant writes a book about her employer. I think it is invasion of privacy, especially since the family didn't endorse it. This women was hired right after the assassination and lived with the family for many years. It is indeed interesting, and I sure she has been paid well.

AL_KATI Jun 26, 2017

I particularly loved this memoir because it humanized Jackie in a way I hadn't seen her. We're so used to thinking glamorous, porcelain, and untouchable when we think of timeless Jackie O, but here she's silly and selfish, thoughtful and demanding. Highly recommend if you're interested in the Kennedys or growing up Irish, as Kathy spends a good part of her memoir talking about Ireland.

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PO1031
Jun 02, 2017

I loved this book. The author gave us insight to her special life. It was beautifully written
and thankfully, it showed that Jackie was human. This is someone who actually knew
her intimately with her kindness and occasional flaws I also loved reading about
Kathy's life in Ireland. Her background was essential to this story.

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