What We're Reading: Another Jackie O Biography

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis lovers are rejoicing this month: Another biography about her editing career arrives on shelves this week.

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(Image credit: Courtesy of St. Martin’s Press)

It's a great time for Jackie O-philes. Remember the biography we covered last month, Reading Jackie (opens in new tab), that took a look at her life through the books she edited for Viking and Doubleday? Well, another author (one Jackie actually worked with) is taking a stab at documenting the literary life of the much-beloved former First Lady.

Jackie As Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Author: Greg Lawrence, the author of several books, including three that were edited by Jackie Onassis (Dancing on My GraveThe Shape of Love, and The Little Ballerina and her Dancing Horse).

Genre: Literary celebrity memoir

What Happens: Lawrence uses interviews with Jackie O's collaborators and friends to examine her considerable skill — and prolific success — as an editor.

Why Read It: Like books? Like amazing figures in history? Didn't read the William Kuhn bio (opens in new tab) (or loved it so much you're begging for more)? Also, I find it kind of entertaining to imagine Kuhn and Lawrence kicking themselves when they found out there was another major Onassis bio coming out within a month of theirs, and rolling their eyes at the fact that every review mentions both of them. (Sorry, guys!)

Details: Thomas Dunne Books, Jan 4, $25.99 (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.