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Kick Kennedy : the charmed life and tragic death of the favorite Kennedy daughter / Barbara Leaming.

Leaming, Barbara, author. (Author).
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 KEN (Text) 33500012267555 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library 921 KEN (Text) 33500012267563 Main Checked out 09/13/2019

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  • ISBN: 9781250071316
  • ISBN: 1250071313
  • Physical Description: 292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition
  • Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was the incandescent life-force of the fabled Kennedy family, her father's acknowledged "favorite of all the children" and her brother Jack's "psychological twin." She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace. The daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Kick swept into Britain's aristocracy like a fresh wind on a sweltering summer day. In a decaying world where everything was based on stultifying sameness and similarity, she was gloriously, exhilaratingly different. Kick was the girl whom all the boys fell in love with, the girl who remained painfully out of reach for most of them. To Kick, everything about this life was fun and amusing--until suddenly it was not. For this is also a story of how a girl like Kick, a girl who had everything, a girl who seemed made for happiness, confronted crushing sadness. Willing to pay the price for choosing the love she wanted, she would have to face the consequences of forsaking much that was dear to her. Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously-unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 April #1
    Affectionately known as "Kick," due to her vitality, curiosity, and irrepressible spirit, Kathleen Kennedy took Britain by storm when she accompanied her family to London upon her father's appointment as U.S. ambassador. Immersed in the halcyon, pre-WWII world of country-estate weekends and city nightclubs, Kick, a devout Catholic, won the heart of Billy Cavendish, the Protestant heir to the Duke of Devonshire. It would take six years for the couple to overcome the religious objections of both families, and only a few months for their marriage to end when Billy was killed in battle. As a much-sought-after widow, Kick vacillated between England and America, and between a scandalous love affair with a married man and her family's extreme moral censor. When she died in a plane crash in 1948, en route to introduce her lover to her father, Kick's soul was in a state of familial and emotional turmoil. Following her last book, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2014), biographer Leaming candidly demystifies the life of one of the least-known Kennedys and vividly illuminates the complex world of British aristocracy. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Barbara Leaming is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, including Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Leaming’s previous book Churchill Defiant received The Emery Reves Award from the International Churchill Centre. Her groundbreaking biography of America's thirty-fifth president, Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman was the first to detail the lifelong influence of British history and culture and especially of Winston Churchill on JFK. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Times of London and other publications. She lives in Connecticut.

Subject: Kennedy, Kathleen, 1920-1948.
Socialites > United States > Biography.
Kennedy family.
Aristocracy (Social class) > Great Britain > Biography.
Americans > England > London > Biography.
Young women > United States > Biography.
Young women > England > London > Biography.
Catholics > England > Biography.
Great Britain > Social life and customs > 20th century.
Presidents > United States > Brothers and sisters > Biography.
Kennedy family.
Kennedy, Kathleen, 1920-1948.
Aristocracy (Social class)
Manners and customs.
Presidents > Brothers and sisters.
Young women
England > London.
Great Britain.
United States.
Genre: Biography.
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