BOOKS ⚣ The Importance of Being Kennedy Author Laurie Graham – Terrapin-info.co.uk


  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The Importance of Being Kennedy
  • Laurie Graham
  • English
  • 10 May 2017
  • 0061173525

10 thoughts on “The Importance of Being Kennedy

  1. says:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK I am a HUGE over the top fan of the Kennedy family I find the whole dynamics of this family so interestingthe childrenthe raising of the children.the goals for the children.the parents involvement in their lives and these goals Well this fantastic author took the magnificance of the Kennedy family and created a fictional character of a nanny who comes to live with the family and help raise the children after the first son is bornand stays involved in their I LOVED THIS BOOK I am a HUGE over the top fan of the Kennedy family I find the whole dynamics of this family so interestingthe childrenthe raising of the children.the goals for the children.the parents involvement in their lives and these goals Well this fantastic author took the magnificance of the Kennedy family and created a fictional character of a nanny who comes to live with the family and help raise the children after the first son is bornand stays involved in their lives up through Jack Kennedy being elected a junior senator.So much of the book was so dead on historically that it was difficult to remember that this wasn t a true account of someone close to the Kennedy family If you don t know much about the Kennedy family I m not sure it would be as fantastic, but if you want to learn some about them it would be a great read I loved the growth of the nanny and her feelings for the children as well as her fly on the wall feelings towards Rose and Joe Kennedy the parents I loved this book so much that halfway through it I checked it out of the library I ordered a copy for myself because I knew I had to have it on my bookshelves


  2. says:

    This is a ficitonal look at the Kennedy clan through the eyes of their Irish immigrant nanny Nora Brennan who looked after them from 1917 when Joseph Patrick was a toddler and Jack always a sickly child was on the way until the funeral in England in 1948 of Kathleen Kick Kennedy after her death in a plane crash Through Nora s memoirs we are given a behind the scenes look at the the Kennedys Mr K s many money making ventures and philanderings and Rose Kennedy s heartless mothering, frequen This is a ficitonal look at the Kennedy clan through the eyes of their Irish immigrant nanny Nora Brennan who looked after them from 1917 when Joseph Patrick was a toddler and Jack always a sickly child was on the way until the funeral in England in 1948 of Kathleen Kick Kennedy after her death in a plane crash Through Nora s memoirs we are given a behind the scenes look at the the Kennedys Mr K s many money making ventures and philanderings and Rose Kennedy s heartless mothering, frequent absences and penny pinching and the proud and competitive spirit instilled in all 9 children from birth The story takes us through Mr K s years as a Hollywood mogul to his years as ambassador to England reward for backing the presidency of FDR just before World War 2, all from the point of view of how these years affect the children It is an enjoyable blending of fact and fiction and a hugely entertaining read


  3. says:

    This delightful book about the Kennedy family is written from the perspective of Nora, the Kennedy s nurserymaid Her journey with the family takes us from the birth of all nine Kennedy children, through their childhoods, and into adulthood We view the trials and traumas of being Kennedy through Nora s eyes, and having Googled to check on various facts in the book Nora s view seems pretty accurate Loved this book, Laurie Graham never disappoints, and she is a joy to read.


  4. says:

    Enjoyed Laurie Graham s writing again, loved the heroine Wished she had continued on with the story a little bit farther, but thought the bits she did cover were wonderful I liked that Graham wrote from a nanny s point of view gave us some fictional insights into personalities we will never personally know


  5. says:

    What a cool little book Yes, it s fiction, but filled with so much interesting information I love the way Graham set it up, and the way she has the various characters interact with each other.


  6. says:

    The family is cursed And they re all kind of horrible, it must be karma fromthan one past life.


  7. says:

    I loved this book I thought the writing was great and very engaging I was interested in all the characters and felt the pain when some of the Kennedy kids died What an amazing family in all their ups and downs, manipulations and desires.


  8. says:

    What is it about an Irish narrator that instantly makes an amusing story evenenjoyable, the satire evencomedic I took great pleasure in reading this book, the second Laurie Graham that I have read, hearing Nora s lilt in my head Nora is the fictional nanny to the nine Kennedy children and she tells her story with a great deal of heart and characteristically Irish deprecating wit The young Kennedys are as if her own children or weans as she terms them , especially given the emotio What is it about an Irish narrator that instantly makes an amusing story evenenjoyable, the satire evencomedic I took great pleasure in reading this book, the second Laurie Graham that I have read, hearing Nora s lilt in my head Nora is the fictional nanny to the nine Kennedy children and she tells her story with a great deal of heart and characteristically Irish deprecating wit The young Kennedys are as if her own children or weans as she terms them , especially given the emotional distance of their mother and the often geographical distance of their father and, due to the sheer breadth of ages she is involved in their lives for over twenty years to see them from cradle to young adulthood She is present at births, a marriage, and is on hand when war is declared and deaths occur she lives in Ireland, the U.S and the U.K rubs shoulders with aristocracy and royalty and witnesses events unfold from both above and below stairs She gives her views on the parenting styles of the senior Kennedys and draws some conclusions as to its effect on the lives, and untimely deaths of some, of their offspring No prior knowledge of Kennedy lore is necessary to find this an utterly enjoyable, insightful and engaging read


  9. says:

    I was in high school when JFK was president I loved the Kennedy style they changed the white house from frumpy and old fashioned to youthful and cosmopolitan The media gave us lots of stories of the family s outdoor life sylye, I especially loved that the girls joined in the touch football games With this book a darker side of the family is shown both parents were totally controlling, Joe prepping the sons for political office and Rose keeping a tight Catholic rein on the girls The story o I was in high school when JFK was president I loved the Kennedy style they changed the white house from frumpy and old fashioned to youthful and cosmopolitan The media gave us lots of stories of the family s outdoor life sylye, I especially loved that the girls joined in the touch football games With this book a darker side of the family is shown both parents were totally controlling, Joe prepping the sons for political office and Rose keeping a tight Catholic rein on the girls The story of Rosemary or Rose Marie as she s called in the book is sadder than what we were led to believe Did they really give her a lobotomy I know it was considered a proper procedure at the time gruesomely medieval as it was but from the fictional nursery maid s viewpoint it was unnecessary Mother Rose had the media believing that Rosemary was retarded from birth, but the picture of her mental state in the book is of a slight learning disability with poor social skills The descriptions of Bobby and Teddy are very interesting as contrasted to the public perception


  10. says:

    I absolutely loved this book Written from the point of view of the nanny of the Kennedy family during the depression and the second world war So very interesting and engagingly written trouble is with all historic fiction is I don t know what was true and what wasn tSet mostly in London, it provides an interesting insight albeit fictitious to a point between that which American aristocracy and that of Britain held dear during the 30 s and 40 s.


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The Importance of Being Kennedy From Bestselling Author Laurie Graham Comes The Late Life Diaries Of The Kennedys Fictitious Nanny An Inside Look Into The Early Years Of The Kennedy Dynasty With All The Juicy Bits IntactWhen Nora Brennan, Fresh To America From Ireland, Lands Herself A Position As Nursery Maid To A Family In Brookline, Massachusetts, She Little Thinks It Will Place Her At The Heart Of American History But Her Job Is With The Kennedy Family, So How Could It Not Nora Has Charge Of All Nine Kennedy Children, Practically From The Minute They Re Born She Sees The Boys Coached At Their Father Joe S Knee To Believe Everything They Ll Ever Want In Life Can Be Bought She Sees The Girls Trained By Rose Kennedy Herself To Be Good Catholic Wives With Her Sharp Eye And Her Quiet Common Sense, Nora Is The Perfect Candidate To Report On An Empire In The MakingWorld War II Changes Everything When War Breaks Out, Nora And The Kennedys Are In London, Where Joseph Kennedy Is The American Ambassador His Reaction Is To Send The Entire Household Back Across The Atlantic To Safety, But Nora, Surprised By Midlife Love, Chooses To Stay In England And Do Her Bit For The War Effort Separated From Her Kennedys By An Ocean, She Nevertheless Remains The Warm, Approachable Sun Around Which The Older Children Orbit Joe Jr And Jack, Both Serving In The US Navy Rosemary, Tragically Unable To Fit Into The Kennedy Mold And Kathleen, Known Affectionately As Kick, Who Throws A Spanner In The Kennedy Works By Marrying An English ProtestantDear Nora Has A Deliciously Inside View Of Everything That Is Happening Upstairs, And In This Fictional Diary She Tells All With The Humor And Candor That Only A Nursemaid Dare EmployWitty, Irreverent, And A Rollicking Good Read, The Importance Of Being Kennedy Is Social Satire At Its Best


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