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Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn
Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books

LT Reader, January 6, 2013

I liked this look at the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis through the books that she edited and at her lifetime as a reader. I've always had some sort of fascination with her, from the time in grade school when I donated fifty cents towards the new Kennedy Presidential Library fund and received, like everyone else, a thank you note from her.

But I am also fascinated with reading and books, and William Kuhn's combination of these topics appealed to me. The book includes a listing of all the books that Mrs. Onassis edited and I was surprised at the number of them, and also, that I own a few of them. The stories of the work that went into editing and publishing the books, as well as the authors and other personalities involved were always interesting. I liked that chapters were based on book topics and general areas of interest, and that many photos were placed at the point of the narrative where they were most pertinent. (There is also a central photo section.)

Jackie, herself, was portrayed as someone very human, rather than larger than life. This may be in part because many of the sources (interviewees) were quoted as speaking with some candor, as they remembered her foibles, as well as grace and dignity.

I enjoyed reading this book by William Kuhn from start to finish.
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Fatal Gamble by Jp O'donnell
Fatal Gamble

LT Reader, April 13, 2010

While the basic plot sounded promising and PI Gallagher is kind of appealing, overall this book was a big disappointment. Author O'Donnell skims the surface of characterizations and emotions, never really making us care about anyone. He spends too much time summarizing what is happening, instead of showing it. He also spends too much time telling us about conversations, instead of writing the dialogue and letting us really get to know the characters. For example, a paragraph on page 177:

"Gallagher continued his discussion with __________ for another half hour, sharing his belief that ______ was innocent and that there was still much more to be determined about the role of ___________ in the murder of the West Castle partners."

This is not exactly the stuff that has me sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next, but it is typical of the narrative style of "Fatal Gamble."

I think O'Donnell has the potential to write a better book, and I hope that he will endeavor to do so.
The book I read is a free review copy (Library Thing Member Giveaways).
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