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3.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 5 3.09 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Lawrence Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538465127
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This is an absorbing chronicle of a much overlooked chapter in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ life—her nineteen-year editorial career.

History remembers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the consummate first lady, the nation’s tragic widow, the tycoon’s wife, and, of course, the quintessential embodiment of elegance. Her biographers, however, skip over an equally important stage in her life: her nearly twenty-year-long career as a book editor. Jackie as Editor, written by one of the authors Jackie edited, is the first book to focus exclusively on this remarkable woman’s editorial career.

At the age of forty-six, one of the most famous women in the world went to work for the first time in twenty-two years. Greg Lawrence, who had three of his books edited by Jackie, draws from interviews with more than 120 of her former collaborators and acquaintances in the publishing world to examine one of the twentieth century’s most enduring subjects of fascination through a new angle: her previously untouted skill in the career she chose. Over the last third of her life, Jackie would master a new industry, weather a very public professional scandal, and shepherd over a hundred books through the increasingly corporate halls of Viking and Doubleday. Away from the public eye, Jackie quietly defined life on her own terms. Jackie as Editor gives intimate new insights into the life of a complex and enigmatic woman who found fulfillment through her creative career during book publishing’s legendary golden age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lawrence’s perceptive, impressively researched book…present[s] a woman with ‘a grand spirit of adventure and...a sense of irony about life that served as a kind of armor’ for this courageous, gifted woman.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Jackie as Editor is a fascinating insider account of her fulfilling final years as a book editor in publishing. A must for Jackie fans.”

    Sarah Bradford, New York Times bestselling author

  • “For Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the role of editor was just another version of her role as America’s muse. She created the Camelot story in the JFK histories, and years later she wrought the same magic upon the books she edited. I kept wondering as I read Greg Lawrence’s book what Mrs. O would have made of this delicious biography. This is a great story about a woman who had everything—men, money, power—and all she wanted was more to read. I bet she would have loved Jackie as Editor. Every book lover and fan of Jackie will be caught in its magic.”

    Harriet Rubin, author of The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women 

  • “Lawrence’s work gives audiences an in-depth view of the authors and books personally championed by Onassis, whose literary tastes were impeccable. Bernadette Dunne’s sterling narration brings the work to life.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “One of Jacqueline Onassis’ authors dishes kindly on her impressive editorial record…Chatty without being vulgar, a deeply admiring portrait of a lady the world is just now getting to know.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Bernadette Dunne so inhabits these voices, especially the signature breathy whisper of Jackie herself, that one forgets the authorial intermediary…This title—interesting, revealing, full of indelible Jackie ‘moments’—tells more about her glamorous and complicated life than many standard biographies.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 5/25/2013

    " I may be biased... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominic | 3/14/2013

    " A truly remarkable book for anyone that loves books and an interest in the publishing industry. I don't think there a more inside account of New York's publishing scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 2/26/2013

    " I walked away from this book with a greater respect for Jackie and a long list of "to-read" books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/22/2013

    " I agree with Joanna's review. I wanted to be interested; I wanted it to be a good read. It was boring for all if the reasons Joanna mentions, and I couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/29/2012

    " I really loved this book...she spent more years as an editor than as a wife, and in this way, JKO was able to find her true calling...quite inspirational! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 6/29/2012

    " This book was tedious at times. Jackie was learned and literate, which I already knew, and clever. She was a committed mother and a kind and decent person. She was also an aristocrat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wrdwrrior Lehr | 6/22/2012

    " Got about 1/2 way through. Too much innuendo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Flatley | 4/1/2012

    " Another book about one of my heroes, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. It was only ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 2/24/2012

    " I so admire Jackie. That said, this book was more about what she brought to the business of editing. Not so interesting. The book could have been a much much shorter book. I know this was trying to show a different side to Jackie that the public really never saw, but just not all that interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/20/2011

    " Another book about one of my heroes, Jackie Kennedy Onassis. It was only ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/12/2011

    " This book actually avoids most of the personal gossip and sticks to her life as an editor. "

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About the Author

Greg Lawrence is the author or coauthor of seven previous books, including Colored Lights, Dance with Demons, Time Steps, The Shape of Love, The Little Ballerina and Her Dancing Horse, and the New York Times bestselling Dancing on My Grave— the last three edited by Jackie Onassis.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.