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One Special Summer
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In 1951, eighteen-year-old Lee Bouvier and her twenty-two-year-old sister Jacqueline took their first trip to Europe together. Jackie had already spent a year in France living with a French family and attending the Sorbonne. Her many cards and letters had made her sister Lee want nothing more than to see Europe with Jackie. Having convinced their parents, the two young ladies set off to see the continent. As they traveled, they sketched and kept notes, creating an illustrated journal of their time abroad, which they presented to their parents as a thank you upon their return; that delightful chronicle is ONE SPECIAL SUMMER.
Join Jackie and Lee for a tantalizing glimpse of a lost world: crossing the Atlantic by ocean liner, visits with counts and ambassadors in Paris, art lessons in Venice, and white gloves in the afternoon. Smile at the social agonies all young women suffer in common—how to politely consume an oversized hors d’oeuvre, the horror of slipping undergarments, and the art of fending off unwanted romantic advances.
"It took most of spring 1951 for Jacqueline Bouvier, age 22, and sister Lee, 18, to convince their mother to let them board the Queen Elizabeth for Europe. In her preface, Lee Bouvier Radziwill describes the scrapbook of the trip they made for their mother as 'a period piece.' In fact, it evokes any European grand tour undertaken by two pretty and smart young things — even those who don't have society connections or extended correspondences with famous art historians like Bernard Berenson. The two women gaily write out their adventures in longhand, embellished with artful and amusing illustrations and a snapshot here and there. A delicious sense of respectable naughtiness underlies the text. Next to a photo of Jacqueline being embraced too tightly by a distinguished gentleman, mischievous Lee writes: 'they treat us just like their children and really seem interested in showing us their country.' Next to a photo of Lee in shorts and Jacqueline in capris: 'We never go out in big cities except in what we would wear to church in Newport on Sundays.' Jacqueline's often elaborate and colorful illustrations show genuine talent and humor. Created in 1951, published originally in 1974, then unavailable for many years, the book is a fun rediscovery. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
In 1951 sisters Lee and Jacqueline Bouvier (18 and 22 years old) travelled in Europe and recorded their experiences in notes, letters, and drawings, which were assembled and published in 1974. Privy to both mundane and extraordinary experiences (including meeting Bernard Berenson), the two young women convey joy and humor in their hand-written accounts and charming drawings. The book is oversize (11x13") and this reprint includes a brief new introductory note by Lee (Bouvier) Radziwill. Her sister, former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, died in 1994. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Lee Bouvier Radziwill is a noted author who now divides her time between Paris and New York City.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963 and later an editor at Doubleday. She died in 1994.
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