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Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee
Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee | Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
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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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Elle3
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Mehso-so

Knowing very little about Jackie Kennedy and even less so about her sister, I came to this read with big expectations. Unfortunately they were met with a simmer and not the sizzle I was hoping for. I didn‘t particularly care for the name dropping littered throughout the book. I understand that‘s what made them darlings of high society but if anything it was distracting. Interesting at points its an insight into a world I‘ll probably never know.

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I was disappointed in this book, which surprised me because I have always enjoyed any title that involved Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Reading this made me feel like I was the third party standing by watching two sisters name drop and flirt their way through high society. Please don‘t get me wrong, the book was written well and if a glimpse into the social life of the two sisters is your thing, this is the book for you.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 8mo
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ReadingMeagan
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I found this book to be a fascinating read. The relationship between these two famous sisters was ridiculous at times. A great gossipy peak into their lives. The pictures at the end are fantastic!
I thought that reading a book rich in gossip called for a rich drink. Hot chocolate on this cold day!

Reviewsbylola You had me at gossip-y. 11mo
ReadingMeagan @Reviewsbylola if you like gossip read the other book by these authors “Furious Love” it is about Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. I read it years ago and it was great (long) but great. Like it was written into her contracts that she didn‘t have to work on her period! The cases of alcohol that they went through. Holy moly! 11mo
Reviewsbylola Ha! I‘ll have to stack that one too! 11mo
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LMJenkins
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I am enjoying this one.

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RavenLovelyReads
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Panpan

Im not sure what I was expecting- but this wasn‘t it. I wish I hadn‘t read this because it‘s made me lose respect for both women. I find it difficult to understand the greed, lack of morals and the way having money excuses and helps hide bad behavior. At times I felt as if I were reading a gossip magazine from the past.

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RavenLovelyReads
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Two hour delay at school due to inclement weather...and now I get to drink a second cuppa and read. Today I am grateful for my bunny slippers, and my cozy blanket. I have to buy pink things, otherwise my boys will take my stuff. They just take it! 😳I was never into pink before....but I am now! I guess I‘m also grateful for pink- a color boys don‘t mess with! #gratitude30 #clothing

tracey38 Love the bunny slippers. 13mo
RavenLovelyReads @tracey38 Thanks, Tracey! They‘re my first pair ever of bunny slippers!! I love them! 13mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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Finally put together my November TBR.

BooknerdsLife Haha I've put November 9 on my TBR list too 😆👍 13mo
Joy0201 I love Anna Dressed in Blood. Hope you enjoy it! 13mo
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bkshopgrl
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Pickpick

Fascinating glimpse into the lives of jackie and lee..with cameo appearances by every famous person of the time.