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Jackie O On The Couch: Inside the mind and life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reviewed By Norm Goldman of Bookpleasures.com
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By Norm Goldman
Published on December 21, 2011
 

Author: Dr. Alma H. Bond, Ph.D

ISBN: 978-1-61088-021-3

Publisher: Bancroft Press




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Author: Dr. Alma H. Bond, Ph.D

ISBN: 978-1-61088-021-3

Publisher: Bancroft Press

Initially, when I picked up a copy of Dr. Alma H. Bond's Jackie O On The Couch: Inside the mind and life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, I couldn't  figure out what this book was all about, and quite honestly I have to confess that I never heard of the term psycho-biography used to describe the book.

Dr. Bond is not exactly a novice author, as she has authored nineteen books and was a psycho-analyst in private practice for thirty-seven years. With Jackie O On The Couch, she has thoroughly researched the life of Jackie and combines the results of her travail with her scholarly understanding of the human mind, providing her readers with an engrossing window in the life of the former first lady of the United States. In a nut shell, it is as if we are attending Jackie's therapeutic sessions with her psycho-analyst, peeking through a keyhole like voyeurs, while she rests on a comfortable couch exposing her most intimate and personal life experiences. Jackie admits to being a private person and that living her life has always been more important to her than writing about it, however, now that she was terminally ill, she wanted to set the record straight, though only for her family.

Trust me when I say intimate experiences, as Jackie lets it all out when she describes her relationships with her first husband, President John F. Kennedy, her second husband, Aristotle Onassis and her companion for a few years before she died, Maurice Tempelsman. And if you thought Jackie was prim and proper, you may have to reconsider when you read about her affair with Robert Kennedy, her brother-in-law. As for her philandering husband JFK, Jackie defends herself in not leaving him, and even admits that there was one affair that was “different and was not one of the playful pool-party type, indulged in purely for the fun of it. It was a real love affair that lasted for many years-her name was Mary Meyer.” In addition, Jackie doesn't mince words when describing her feelings towards her sister-in-law Ethel, Robert's wife, whom she states, “brought out the worst aspects of her character. I am ashamed when I think about it now, and I wish it had been otherwise.” As for her two children, Caroline and John, she has nothing but praise and kindness, and made sure that they would be well-provided for when she entered into her marriage with Onassis. We also have the opportunity to learn about Jackie's compassionate side when she reveals her inner feelings about the most tragic of the Kennedy sisters, Rosemary who was born with a mild form of mental retardation.

In the final analysis, Jackie O On The Couch deserves thoughtful reading as the text bears witness to details about Jackie's life that most of us know little about, even though there may be lingering doubts as to how much of what is divulged is accurate and true. Nonetheless, I am sure after reading this compelling book, you will reweigh any previous impression you may have entertained about this complex and mysterious individual.


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