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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caroline Kennedy Narrator: Hope Davis, Jane Alexander, John Bedford Lloyd, Campbell Scott Publisher: Hyperion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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In She Walks in Beauty, Caroline Kennedy has once again marshaled the gifts of our greatest poets to pay a very personal tribute to the human experience, this time to the complex and fascinating subject of womanhood. Inspired by her own reflections on more than 50 years of life as a young girl, a woman, a wife, and a mother, She Walks in Beauty draws on poetry's eloquent wisdom to ponder the many joys and challenges of being a woman.

Kennedy has divided the collection into sections that signify to her the most notable milestones, passages, and universal experiences in a woman's life, and she begins each of these sections with an introduction in which she explores and celebrates the most important elements of life's journey.

The collection includes works by Elizabeth Bishop, Sharon Olds, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, W. H. Auden, Adrienne Rich, Sandra Cisneros, Anne Sexton, W. S. Merwin, Dorothy Parker, Queen Elizabeth I, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shahib Nye, and W. B. Yeats.

Whether it's falling in love, breaking up, friendship, marriage, motherhood, or growing old, She Walks in Beauty is a priceless resource for anyone, male or female, who wants a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a woman.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mfbirkett | 2/18/2014

    " Beautiful tribute to the stages of women's lives through poetry from all periods of literture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chantay | 2/14/2014

    " I thought it would be works that she had written. I really don't want to read the writings of others titled: She Walks in Beauty... I wanted to know life and poetry from an American icon other then Twain's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/7/2014

    " Big surprise, I loved a poetry compilation aimed at women. :-) There were certainly a few poems here I thought were a little "out there" and then of course many I already knew and loved, but loved the collection overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Snyder | 1/30/2014

    " Truly one of the most beautiful anthologies of poetry I have ever read. I keep it on my nightstand and go to it again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 1/30/2014

    " Beautiful book. I also loved the black and white photos flowers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbra Luce-turner | 1/23/2014

    " As a poet and poetry lover, I have thoroughly enjoyed the poems selected and the introductions written by Ms. Kennedy. Actually I have been impressed with the other poetry books she has edited. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xorosho | 1/23/2014

    " This is an anthology of poetry about, by and for women, divided thematically. Poetry is always very hit and miss, being dependent on personal taste, but there were a lot of poems I liked in this anthology and enough variety in authors and time periods that anyone should be able to find something they like in it. I particularly liked Edna St Vincent Millay's 'Well, I have lost you' and Constantine P Cavafy's 'Ithaka'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Chudej | 1/20/2014

    " The poems in this anthology speak to me in a very special way and it's another of the books that I read almost on a daily basis because it's beautifully put together and timely in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2014

    " Very easy and enjoyable anthology to read and connect to. Made me feel like I was in college again, just sitting around pondering womanhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristiana | 1/9/2014

    " amazing collection of poems spanning all seasons of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Jacobson | 12/17/2013

    " A beautiful series of poems grouped around each stage of a woman's life. Caroline Kennedy writes a brief essay before each section. There are beautiful black and white drawings of flowers and greenery scattered throughout the book. A book to treasure and share with any special woman in your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maree | 11/21/2013

    " A beautiful collection of poetry for women .. really accessible even if you don't read poetry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/20/2013

    " This book is a collection of very diverse pe]oetry dedicated to the stages and of women's lives. The poems are an interesting collection of varied genres and time periods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 11/17/2013

    " Wonderful time spent with the beauty of words. Caroline Kennedy did an artistic job of editing and presenting these poems. Many are poems that are recognizable. Others are new. All are worth having with you to come back to again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/14/2013

    " Aside from the really annoying black and white photos of flowers that graced every few pages, the collection of poems were lovely. I'd like to read more from Lynda Hull, Vikram Seth, Julia Alvarez and Marge Piercy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Sanders | 11/5/2013

    " A truly lovely & diverse collection of poems about friendship, grief, marriage, work and how to live. I loved that she included everything from Corinthians to Rita Dove, Mary Oliver to W.H. Auden. A heartwarming & elegant collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 10/3/2013

    " Lovely. A book to savor slowly and to return to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abcdarian | 7/12/2013

    " A well thought out selection of appealing poems, nicely presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Stevens | 6/12/2013

    " This is such a beautiful collection of poems. I'm getting this for my mom as Mother's day gift, she'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/26/2013

    " I can find inspiration on any page "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/23/2013

    " Smart, thoughtful... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TeriC | 3/28/2013

    " A book of beautiful poetry with selections from various poets as they relate to the phases of a woman's life. I read selected poems. Read on my ipad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 12/6/2012

    " Some genuinely nice poems. More than I expected to find, really. "I Want You Women Up North To Know" is a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 10/20/2012

    " Kennedy has collected a wide variety of classic and contemporary poems, and arranged them in chapters resembling the seasons of a woman's life. Each section has an introduction with comments about that particular phase of life, and specific comments about some of the poems she has chosen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 7/15/2012

    " I really liked the concept of this book, but then realized that I'm really not into poetry after I started this book. I didn't make it through the entire book before I had to put it down and resign myself to my lack of interest. Maybe I'll appreciate it more at a different time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Cardella | 5/19/2012

    " Wonderful poems for every period of your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/22/2011

    " A nice book of poetry...pertaining to all aspects of a woman's life. Good for friends, love and being a woman. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 10/11/2011

    " I was not terribly impressed with this book. A lot of the poems just really didn't make any sense to me. I'm guessing that the poems chosen are meant to be artistic in nature. I tend to lean toward classic literature. I'm sorry but I probably would not recommend this book to anyone else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 6/29/2011

    " This book is one of the most brilliant compilations of poetry I've ever read. Beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mfbirkett | 6/10/2011

    " Beautiful tribute to the stages of women's lives through poetry from all periods of literture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lovescaleb | 6/1/2011

    " A woman's journey through poetry was simply beautiful. So many of my favorite poems were in this collection and I read new ones that I loved. Every part of a woman's life is depicted in these pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 5/30/2011

    " Kennedy has collected a wide variety of classic and contemporary poems, and arranged them in chapters resembling the seasons of a woman's life. Each section has an introduction with comments about that particular phase of life, and specific comments about some of the poems she has chosen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/29/2011

    " A physically beautiful book, filled with equally beautiful poems. Some will make your heart hurt and some will inspire you to live. Very recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nai | 5/26/2011

    " An inspirational tale that came together from thousands of minds, feelings, and choices meshed together to form one unforgettable story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/22/2011

    " Well organized book, however, some of the poems were strange and had no relevance to its category. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/18/2011

    " The introduction to each section is wonderfully written and some of my favorite poems are included in this collection. I have read quite a few already however this is a book that you would read and re-read often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 London | 5/17/2011

    " I recommend it. Something in there for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/14/2011

    " The poems in this anthology speak to me in a very special way and it's another of the books that I read almost on a daily basis because it's beautifully put together and timely in my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seaclifflibrary | 5/13/2011

    " Caroline Kennedy once again has shown us that with guidance you can lead readers to poetry. it is nice to see poetry made for the general reader. "

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About the Author
Author Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy is the editor of the New York Times bestselling A Patriot’s Handbook, Profiles in Courage for Our Time, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, A Family Christmas, and the coauthor of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense. She serves as the vice chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City and president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She lives in New York City.