Jackie's Girl

Jackie's Girl

My Life With the Kennedy Family

Book - 2017 | First Gallery books hardcover edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017.
Edition: First Gallery books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501158940
1501158945
Branch Call Number: BIO MCKEON MCKEON
Characteristics: 309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm

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jttw1928
Jul 23, 2018

I very much enjoyed Jackie's Girl. I learned about the conditions in Ireland that resulted in Kathy McKeon's travel to the US. She describes her Irish life and family in great detail. I felt she was both generous and accurate in her description of the Kennedy family. She wrote of Jackie Kennedy as human and susceptible to her station in life. It also showed her as very generous when the occasion for generosity presented itself. I can recommend this book.

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jmahoney55
Feb 06, 2018

Loved this touching memoir, well written and nostalgic.

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wmtlady
Oct 21, 2017

Most people will be drawn to read this memoir for the insight into Jackie's life (as was I). But what really impacted me was Kathy McKeon's sharing of her own life of survival in Ireland and her own personality and growth as a young woman with a foot in two worlds. This is the second great memoir I have read this year (Shoe Dog being the first).

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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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SmartyJo
Aug 16, 2017

A pretty amazing story about how a poor, relatively uneducated, recently arrived Irish immigrant lands a job as a personal assistant to Jacqueline Kennedy The tales she tells provide glimpses into the Kennedy household, how Jackie spent her private hours, and the life of a personal assistant to a famous person. The author alternates between being grateful for the opportunities that this job afforded and being resentful about the lack of free time and a private life. This book will be especially appreciated by anyone who enjoys learning more about the life and times of the Kennedy family.

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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.

ArapahoeKati 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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