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Author: Nancy Schoenberger, Sam Kashner Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9780062864857
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A poignant, evocative, and wonderfully gossipy account of the two sisters who represented style and class above all else—Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill—from the authors of Furious Love.

When sixty-four-year-old Jackie Kennedy Onassis died in her Fifth Avenue apartment, her younger sister Lee wept inconsolably. Then Jackie’s thirty-eight-page will was read. Lee discovered that substantial cash bequests were left to family members, friends, and employees—but nothing to her. "I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime," read Jackie’s final testament. Drawing on the authors’ candid interviews with Lee Radziwill, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters explores their complicated relationship, placing them at the center of twentieth-century fashion, design, and style.

In life, Jackie and Lee were alike in so many ways. Both women had a keen eye for beauty—in fashion, design, painting, music, dance, sculpture, poetry—and both were talented artists. Both loved pre-revolutionary Russian culture, and the blinding sunlight, calm seas, and ancient olive groves of Greece. Both loved the siren call of the Atlantic, sharing sweet, early memories of swimming with the rakish father they adored, Jack Vernou Bouvier, at his East Hampton retreat. But Jackie was her father’s favorite, and Lee, her mother’s. One would grow to become the most iconic woman of her time, while the other lived in her shadow. As they grew up, the two sisters developed an extremely close relationship threaded with rivalry, jealousy, and competition. Yet it was probably the most important relationship of their lives.

For the first time, Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and acclaimed biographer Nancy Schoenberger tell the complete story of these larger-than-life sisters. Drawing on new information and extensive interviews with Lee, now eighty-four, this dual biography sheds light on the public and private lives of two extraordinary women who lived through immense tragedy in enormous glamour.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the era of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, the Bouviers stood on their own pedestal. This lavish portrait plumbs the tensions between bookish, regal Jackie and ‘lady-in-waiting’ Lee, who sought the limelight only to be eclipsed by her iconic sister.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Readers drawn to the Kennedy mystique will savor this intricate chronicle rife with romance, tragedy, and surprising details, such as that Jackie may have helped choose JFK’s paramours. The authors provide an intimate view of two sisters, both famous in their own rights.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fans of the Kennedys will enjoy this deep dive into another side of the dynasty, while all readers will appreciate the nice dose of fame and glamour from the 1930s onward.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A story of sisterhood that reveals how all the fortune and fame in the world can’t assuage sibling rivalry…More than fifty years on, explorations of the truths and fictions of Camelot continue to mesmerize.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Books of the Week
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • An iBooks bestseller

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About the Author

Sam Kashner is a contributing writer for Vanity Fair, though his career began at GQ. His Vanity Fair articles mostly discuss films from the 1980s and earlier, as well as the Hollywood stars who made them, with topics ranging from the director of Rebel without a Cause to Natalie Wood to the making of The Graduate. Many of his articles appear in Vanity Fairs Tales of Hollywood anthology and his feature on the making of Saturday Night Fever is included in Da Capo Best Music Writing, 2008.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of more than a dozen 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.