What We're Reading: An Unconventional Jackie O Biography

A new tome about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reveals a part of her life you probably never knew about.

Jackie Kennedy
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You might think of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a style icon, a gorgeous First Lady, and a patron of the arts, but here's something you might not have known: For many years toward the end of her life, Jackie O was a book editor. (I know, right?!) For two decades, she worked for Viking and then Doubleday, acquiring, editing, and championing books by such authors as Princess Grace of Monaco, Diana Vreeland, George Plimpton, and even Michael Jackson (she edited his 1988 autobiography, Moonwalk). A new tome explores Mrs. Kennedy's life through her books.


Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books


Author: William Kuhn, a biographer and historian.

Genre: An autobiography by somebody else (trust us, it makes sense)

What Happens: Kuhn takes us through Jackie O's prolific editorial career and exposes a side of the former First Lady many people never knew existed.

Why Read It: Why not? One of the most fabulous women in history, books, what more do you need?

Details: Knopf Doubleday, $27.95, December 7 (opens in new tab)

Anna Maltby is an award-winning journalist and editor and was most recently the executive editor of Elemental, Medium’s in-house health and wellness publication. She was previously the deputy editor at Real Simple magazine and a deputy editor at Refinery29, and also held staff positions at Men’s Health, Marie Claire, SELF, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health and Condé Nast Traveler. Her writing has appeared in such outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, O, Family Circle, Fitness, Redbook, Vogue.com, TeenVogue.com, MensJournal.com, CondeNastTraveler.com, FastCompany.com_ _and Brides.com. She received her BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Anna is also an American Council on Exercise–certified personal trainer and functional training specialist, a certified prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, and a certified mat Pilates teacher. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and two tuxedo cats.