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Author: Caroline Kennedy Narrator: B. D. Wong, Byron Jennings, Caroline Kennedy, Claire Bloom, Daniel Davis, Jennifer Wiltsie, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Viola Davis, Edward M. Kennedy, various narrators Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781478905295
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis loved literature, especially poetry. “Once you can express yourself,” she wrote, “you can tell the world what you want from it…All the changes in the world, for good or evil, were first brought about by words.” Now, Caroline Kennedy shares her mother’s favorite poems and the inspiration behind her strong belief in the power of literature. 

The poems presented span centuries and include works by such renowned authors as Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, Homer, W.B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson, E.E. Cummings, and Robert Frost. This volume also includes poems by Jacqueline Kennedy. Illustrated with photographs of the Kennedy family, and illuminated by Caroline’s reflections on her mother’s life and work. A wonderful volume for reading aloud or by yourself, a meaningful gift or keepsake, this book offers an intimate view of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ world, and a poignant glimpse into her heart.

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About the Author

Caroline Kennedy is the author and editor of twelve New York Times bestselling books on American history, politics and poetry. She is also an attorney and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017 and is the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, she is active in the efforts to improve New York City public schools and serves as President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

About the Narrators

B.D. Wong was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. He is the only actor to be honored with the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theater World Award for the same performance. He starred in the television series All-American Girl, and has made guest appearances on Sesame Street and The X-Files.

Byron Jennings is an American actor. He has appeared in over twenty films and television shows, including Quiz Show, The Ice Storm, A Civil Action, and Lincoln. He is married to the actress Carolyn McCormick.

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House, and Long Day’s Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a career spanning over six decades. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen’s birthday honors for services to drama.

Jennifer Wiltsie is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her films include Wendigo, Uninvited, and The Fever. She has guest starred on HBO’s The Sopranos and Masterpiece Theatre’s Clarissa. On Broadway she has performed with Matthew Broderick in Night Must Fall, and her off-Broadway credits include Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. In London’s West-End, she starred in Alan Ayckbourn’s revival of Absurd Person Singular.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is an award-winning actor, writer, producer, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role as Doc in the Oscar-nominated film American Gangster. He won Broadway’s 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor in a featured role for Seven Guitars. His role in the television series Lackawanna Blues earned him a Christopher Award, the Humanitas Prize, the Black Reel Award, and the Black Movie Award. For his audio narrations, he shared in a 2008 Audie Award nomination for a multicast reading of The Ultimate David Sedaris Box Set. He earned AudioFile Earphones Awards for his reading of The Land by Mildred D. Taylor and Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis edited by Caroline Kennedy.

Viola Davis is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater. She is the first black actress to win Tony (Fences & King Hedley II), Oscar (Fences) and Emmy (How to Get Away with Murder) awards. Davis is currently starring in the fourth season of “How to Get Away with Murder,” a role for which she became the first African American actress to receive the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.” In 2012, Davis and her husband founded their production company, JuVee Productions, with its focus being on giving a voice to the voiceless through strong, impactful and culturally relevant narratives. Davis will next star in Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” alongside Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six-year-old daughter (to whom she reads Corduroy aloud!).

Edward M. Kennedy (1932–2009) represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for forty-seven years, making him one of the longest-serving senators in American history. In 2004 he began interviews at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia for an oral history project about his life. For his 2009 memoir, True Compass, he drew from his fifty years of contemporaneous notes from his personal diaries and worked closely on the book with Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers, coauthor of Flags of Our Fathers and author of Mark Twain: A Life.

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.