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Clutter Spotlight: Jackie After O

As a kid, I devoured every book about the Kennedy family that I could get my hands on.  There were a few about President John F. Kennedy, a few about Robert Kennedy, and a few about the entire Kennedy family.  I don't remember how I got so into learning about JFK's assassination, but by 5th grade, I could basically give you a minute-by-minute recap of the day's events, and tell you all of the major conspiracy theories.  I actually still have a copy of the Warren Commission report in one of my bookcases.

I had a large black and white poster of Robert Kennedy in my dorm in college. I've been to the Kennedy Museum a number of times, and a picture of the time I met Senator Edward Kennedy (right before his diagnosis) sits proudly on my dresser.  I've put my time into this family.

However it occurs to me that through all of that, there's a key figure in this story that I know almost nothing about.   It's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and after hearing about author Tina Cassidy's upcoming book, Jackie After O, it sounds like it's time to change that.

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Ms. Cassidy, who I first learned about when she was a reporter for the Boston Globe's State House Bureau, has taken an in-depth look at the fascinating journey Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis took in the year 1975, when she became the widow of an immensely powerful man for the second time in her life.  This left her at a crossroads, and the path she took towards self-discovery at age 45 sounds immensely interesting.  To become an author and an editor, as well as a preservationist for Grand Central Terminal, all in one year?  I'm intrigued, and I want to know more.

Tina Cassidy has focused her efforts on women in different stages of life, and her first book, Birth, a history of childbirth, was well-received.  I strongly suspect this theme will appeal to many of you who are reading this, so I encourage you to visit Ms. Cassidy's web site to learn more about her and her books. 

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