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Author: Barbara Leaming, Cherie Priest Narrator: Kate Reading, Wil Wheaton, Eliza Foss Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781427252333
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The untold story of how one woman's life was changed forever in a matter of seconds by a horrific trauma.



Barbara Leaming's extraordinary and deeply sensitive biography is the first book to document Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' brutal, lonely and valiant thirty-one year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that followed JFK's assassination.

Here is the woman as she has never been seen before. In heartrending detail, we witness a struggle that unfolded at times before our own eyes, but which we failed to understand.

Leaming's biography also makes clear the pattern of Jackie's life as a whole. We see how a spirited young woman's rejection of a predictable life led her to John F. Kennedy and the White House, how she sought to reconcile the conflicts of her marriage and the role she was to play, and how the trauma of her husband's murder which left her soaked in his blood and brains led her to seek a very different kind of life from the one she'd previously sought.

A life story that has been scrutinized countless times, seen here for the first time as the serious and important story that it is. A story for our times at a moment when we as a nation need more than ever to understand the impact of trauma.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Successfully provides a fresh perspective on the widow of assassinated U.S. president John F. Kennedy....Award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming's take on Kennedy Onassis is well-written and thoroughly researched. ... Leaming's new biography brings her back to life in an important new light. Winnipeg Free Press
  • Barbara Leaming makes a strong argument, based on original research, that Jackie suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a time before the condition had been diagnosed. Bookpage

  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis provides suggestive evidence that her subject suffered from the clinical symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, including flashbacks, insomnia, numbness, avoidance, fear, depression, and anger. ... Her documentation -- which includes Jackie's remarks to intimates, as well as her behavior -- is compelling. Interpreting the post-assassination life through the lens of PTSD turns out to be a fruitful way of making sense of Jackie's sometimes odd-seeming choices. The Boston Globe
  • Barbara Leaming offers a startling and fascinating look at Jackie's life. ... Sensitive and stylish, intimate and insightful.... At once harrowing and humane, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis stands as a deeply moving narrative. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Both refreshing and uniquely insightful. Maclean's
  • “Provocative.... Recast in this light, Jackie's post-1963 actions make a new kind of sense.... With a diagnosis of PTSD in mind, incidents once criticized as selfish or at least self-indulgent can be reassessed. USA Today

  • An intimate and revealing look at one of the 20th century's most remarkable--and misunderstood--women. Kirkus Reviews
  • “Provocative…Recast in this light, Jackie’s post-1963 actions make a new kind of sense…With a diagnosis of PTSD in mind, incidents once criticized as selfish or at least self-indulgent can be reassessed.”

    USA Today

  • “Her documentation—which includes Jackie’s remarks to intimates, as well as her behavior—is compelling. Interpreting the post-assassination life through the lens of PTSD turns out to be a fruitful way of making sense of Jackie’s sometimes odd-seeming choices.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Both refreshing and uniquely insightful.”

    Maclean’s (Canada)

  • “Barbara Leaming offers a startling and fascinating look at Jackie’s life…Sensitive and stylish, intimate and insightful…at once harrowing and humane, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis stands as a deeply moving narrative.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Successfully provides a fresh perspective…Well written and thoroughly researched..Leaming’s new biography brings her back to life in an important new light.”

    Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

  • “[An] engaging biography…Readers intrigued with the Kennedys will find much to admire here.”

    Library Journal

  • “Barbara Leaming makes a strong argument, based on original research, that Jackie suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a time before the condition had been diagnosed.”

    BookPage

  • “An intimate and revealing look at one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable—and misunderstood—women.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • A USA Today bestseller

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About the Author

Barbara Leaming is the author of the New York Times bestseller Katharine Hepburn. She was for many years professor of theater and film at Hunter College. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine. She lives in Connecticut.

About the Narrators

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.

Eliza Foss is an actress who has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and around the country. She has narrated over thirty books and short stories, been featured in AudioFile magazine, and won five AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.