"If a collection of books is a good guide to someone's tastes and interests, then think of a collection of her friends as a history of her affections."
These stories are based on eight interviews with the friends of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I've selected the best of the eighty interviews I did more than a decade ago for Reading Jackie to write up at greater length.
The first one is about Nancy Tuckerman. Jackie and Nancy were friends over seven decades. When I talked to Nancy, she slowly revealed the Jackie she knew, but it wasn't easy for her. And she didn't always make it easy for me either.
This is a revised and expanded version of Inside Jackie O's Longest, Most Complicated Friendship from VANITY FAIR. Nancy's insights about Jackie are on every page, but this is also the story of Nancy Tuckerman herself. As I'm telling the story, it's sometimes about me too.
The other stories are about my interviews with Nan Talese, Louis Auchincloss, Sarah Giles, Ruth Ansel, Rosamond Bernier, Francis Mason, and Edith Welch. You may read them all together collected in one paperback or ebook. You can also read them separated into four, less expensive ebooks, 1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-8. They'll be first exclusively on Amazon as ebooks, but will appear in all formats, including paperback, hardback, and audio, via all major retailers. Sign up for my readers' circle to be the first to know what's happening next.
REVIEWS OF THE 1ST OF THE JACKIE STORIES
I relied heavily on READING JACKIE in writing my novel THE EDITOR about Jacqueline Onassis's time in publishing; seeing Bill Kuhn peel back the curtain on his research I can see why -- he is a deft and skillful observer. No one writes more respectfully about this generation of women who sublimated so much of themselves in service of relationships and career. The first of his JACKIE STORIES is a fascinating portrait of complicated friendships, first between two powerful women then ultimately between subject and author, told with humor, warmth and a gentle admiration that will make you devour this book in one sitting. Steven Rowley, author of THE EDITOR
William Kuhn, who has written so interestingly about Jacqueline Kennedy, has now put us further in his debt in his fascinating account of his conversations with Nancy Tuckerman who knew Jackie well--ranging from being roommates at boarding school to acting as her social secretary in the White House. This is such a perceptive and intriguing picture and analysis of that world. Peter Stansky, Frances & Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University
James Pope-Hennessy's brilliant 1959 official life of Queen Mary was followed sixty years later by THE QUEST FOR QUEEN MARY, the long dead author's collection of impressions of the prominenti whom he interviewed for the biography. Bill Kuhn, who wrote READING JACKIE in 2010, follows Pope-Hennessy's methodology in discussing eight of her friends and colleagues whom he interviewed for his study of the late First Lady. The result is every bit as absorbing as Pope-Hennessy's ruminations and notes taken in the mid-twentieth century. James Sack, Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Illinois, Chicago