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."I was really no more than a child when Jacqueline Kennedy came into my life, and made me part of hers.' 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
Edition: First Gallery books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501158940
Branch Call Number: BIO McKeon, K 2017
Characteristics: 309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm


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Interesting read BUT personally found it irritating . It made me think that Kathy has written the book solely for her own notoriety . I wonder if Jacky who employed this girl (now aged woman) of which part of her employment was to keep confidences, would be annoyed and possibly hurt that somebody is capitalising on her fame when she is no longer alive to defend herself or family. And I am annoyed with myself for being taken in and reading it!

Oct 31, 2019

The book provided an intimate insight into Jackie Kennedy and family.
I cried and laughed following the story told by Kathy.

Oct 22, 2018

Great read. What a fascinating life and wonderful opportunity for the author. At times, I felt so close to the Kennedy family through her experiences.

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.

Feb 06, 2018

Loved this touching memoir, well written and nostalgic.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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