If you like the TV show Mad Men, you will love the book Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams by Tina Cassidy. Keep reading after the Mad Men era inspired photos of myself with Tina Cassidy’s profile of one year in the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for more information about this upcoming biography from It Books. It will be available May 1, 2012.
The Mad Men character Trudy Campbell (played by Alison Brie) came to mind instantly when I first heard about the book Jackie After O. Trudy is Married to Pete Campbell (played by Vincent Kartheiser – who I’ve been a fan of since he played Connor on Angel). Pete has been unfaithful to Trudy several times during the course of their marriage, and Pete told Trudy about at least one of his affairs. I think Trudy would have felt some sort of kinship with Jackie O and that inspired me to use Jackie After O by Tina Cassidy for my Trudy post.
Trudy’s dress and necklace are from Modcloth. Modcloth should probably give
Mandy Trudy stock in the company by now.
Poor Trudy spends a lot of time reading while Pete is out “entertaining” clients.
About Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams by Tina Cassidy
Defined in the public eye by her two high-profile marriages, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faced a personal crossroads on the eve of 1975. Her relationship with Aristotle Onassis was crumbling while his health was rapidly declining. Her children were nearing adulthood, soon to leave her with an empty nest. Both death and scandal were about to strike yet again. But 1975 would also be a time of incredible growth and personal renaissance for Jackie, the year in which she reinvented herself and rediscovered talents and passions she had set aside for her roles as wife and mother.
In Jackie After O, acclaimed author and journalist Tina Cassidy explores this prolific yet incredibly daunting year in the life of Jacqueline Onassis, including her part in the campaign to preserve Grand Central Terminal in New York City; her pursuit of a real career, in the editorial department of Viking Press; the death of her second husband and her fraught relationship with his surviving daughter; and the London bombing that almost took her own daughter’s life. Cassidy has unearthed new information from archives and original interviews, and reveals intimate stories about the projects and interests of Jackie’s earlier years that would lay the foundation for her life beginning in 1975, from an internship at Vogue to her meticulous restoration of the White House when she was First Lady.
Jackie After O is an exciting and original portrayal of the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis through the lens of one remarkable year, a time of reinvention both personal and public, as she shook the world’s expectations and pursued her dreams in middle age. (Summary provided by It Books.)
About Tina Cassidy
Tina Cassidy, an acclaimed author and journalist, spent most of her career as a reporter and editor at the Boston Globe, where she covered a variety of topics, including business, politics, and fashion. She is also the author of Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three sons. (Author info provided by It Books an imprint of HarperCollins.)
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This is part four of a nine part Mad Men inspired series. Click the following links for the other posts in the series:
Part One: Joan Harris reads The Receptionist: An Education At The New Yorker by Jane Groth
Part Two: Betty Draper Francis reads Jack 1939: A Novel by Francine Mathews
Part Three: Peggy Olson reads Sex and The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown
Part Four: Trudie Campbell reads Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams by Tina Cassidy.
Part Five: Mad Men inspired 8×10 print by Flapperdoodle
Part Six: Megan Draper reads Dear Enemies: A Dialogue on French and English Canada by Gwethalyn Graham and Solange Chaput Rolland
Coming Soon: The Unofficial Mad Men Cook Book by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin, Mad Men Unbuttoned by Natasha Vargas-Cooper, and Jane Sterling reads The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book Of The Dead by Timothy Leary. As Jane Sterling is the grand finale of this series, that post will be interesting.
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