That’s one “John” (aka “Don’t call me John-John”)

Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss by Rosemarie Terenzio I’m sufficiently shameless that I’m not embarrassed for you to know I read this book and loved it. (photo credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum) The Kennedy obsession, yes, includes The Children. So a book by JFK Jr’s assistant was … Read More

Jacqueline Kennedy: Reader

Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn Thanks to Ann Kingman of Books on the Nightstand for this recommendation. Even though I’m a Kennedy-o-phile (dear God, what a horrid construction), seeing the reviews of this book (and other similar one recently published) didn’t really tug at me. Till Ann’s rave review, and then … Read More

Comforting and genteel… the loveliest novel

My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich 3 words: genteel, leisurely, comforting Some books pull you in by their driving narrative. Others hold onto you because of their compelling characters. This is one of those. For bedtime reading, I’ve rarely found a more suitable book. This story is soothing and gentle and filled with good, decent … Read More

JFK time travel extravaganza

11/22/63 by Stephen King 3 words: wide-ranging, wry, absorbing   Stephen King, where have you been all my life? Actually, I know the answer to that one. Dude’s been on the bestseller list most of the years I’ve been a reader. But I associate him with horror, and I can’t handle the horror.   But ever … Read More

More doom. More gloom.

Five Days in November by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin This was a positive reading experience, guys, even though the book is sad. I picked up this book before bedtime one night, and ended up reading way later (way later) than I’d planned. Though, as I’ve said before, I know this story.   I mean, for … Read More

Thank you, Mr. Hill

Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin I just read a book I still can’t believe got written. Clint Hill was one of the Secret Service agents assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy. He’s the agent who ran up and jumped onto the car after the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza and threw … Read More

She never wrote a memoir, but she did do this…

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1964 (photo credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum) It’s a book, it’s an audiobook, it’s one of the coolest things ever. This is exactly the kind of historic record that I’ve been know to pray will appear … Read More

Support Your Local Library Challenge

I love and adore reading challenges that inspire people to read library books. Home Girl’s Book Blog is hosting the 2011 Support Your Local Library Challenge. This is good stuff. The guidelines are: 1. The goal is to read 12, 25, 50, or 100 books from your local library. Anyone can join. You don’t need … Read More

Camelot rages on

Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House by Richard Reeves While visiting the Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum (witness flipped-out-with-bliss, wind-blown weirdo above) I saw this book in the gift shop (damn, I love presidential library gift shops!) And the DVD included with the book was running on the little TV … Read More

100+ Reading Challenge

Midway through 2010, I was kicking myself for not signing up for the 100+ books reading challenge. This year, I’m participating! Amy, at My Overstuffed Bookshelf, is hosting the 100+ Reading Challenge. Here are the guidelines: “1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to … Read More