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ISBN# (10) 0-06-081703-8 and (13) 978-0-06-081703-9
November 1, 2006
Morrow/Harper Collins
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
$24.95 U.S./$32.50 Canada
288 Pages
Fiction (Fictional account of Jackie Kennedy’s post-assassination life)
Rating: 5 Cups

First Lady, Jackie Kennedy was a strong-willed woman who wanted to protect her children at any costs, even if it meant keeping them out of the constant badgering of publicity and snapping photographers who chose to steal a quick snap of the lens whenever possible. Her iron will was highly admirable and more so after the loss of her husband, Jack, which soon made her life even more microscopic.

It is not always easy losing a husband and if children are involved, the loss is doubled. Such was the case with First Lady, Jackie Kennedy when her husband, Jack, was assassinated in broad daylight. It was a sad time, not only for her and her children but the world around her. As wife to the President of the United States, Jackie personified grace, poise and elegance, yet her life gained much insight after Jack’s death. Not only did she have herself to consider but her children, John and Caroline, who needed special guidance.

Jackie sought to regain the self-esteem that she had lost during her troubled life. Being married to the President of the United States left her with much mental anguish and often times, she kept her emotions bottled inside, especially when some of Jack’s love life entered the public eye upon his demise. It also made her famous in the world gathering many a glance with other men who sought after her hand. Throughout her years, it was a time that sent her to others to try to help console the troubling reporters seeking to find out about her husband’s affairs. It also led her to seeking psychiatrist, while trying to hide behind giant sunglasses to not been identified as she sought to protect her children. Later, there was another side to Jackie that not many knew when she was enlisted to help the CIA as a spy to even dabble into some of the affairs of Aristotle Onassis. By being a mole, Jackie mingled among the rich and famous.

Jack’s Widow is an incredible book about a woman that became an icon to many.
She was stylish, refined, and most importantly a woman with feelings and desires. Ms. Pollard pens an absolute amazing story into the life of Jackie that kept this reader glued to the end. She explains how Jackie had to find a new life after the murder of her husband. This reader could feel the in-depth grief that Jackie must have felt expressing upon having to leave the White House so abrupt after Jack’s death. It was a heartbreaking time with so much on her plate with drastic headlines and even family members delivering advice that left her with not much time to grieve. Ms. Pollard creates a dynamic story that is extraordinary and very deserving of a 5 cups rating. I liked where she mentioned that Jackie soon learned that a husband was only an optional extra and not really a necessity. This is one book that I highly recommend.

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