Thursday, December 2, 2010

Book Club

Happy Thursday, everyone. Tonight is Book Club. We've been meeting for years now--longer than I've known my husband, actually. Some of the people around the table have come and gone, but at the heart of it, we're a group of girls who love to get together, to share stories--about our lives, the world and, sometimes, the books we've chosen.

And with such perfect timing, yesterday the New York Times style section featured an article about two soon-to-be published books  that will be perfect recommendations for our next Book Club reads.

 The two competing titles will be released within a month of each other

Both are about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. And while so much has already been said about this extraordinary woman, these books especially pique my interest because both focus on her life in publishing.

Diana Vreeland and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at a party for Ms. Vreeland’s book “Allure.” Photo from the New York Times via the International Center of Photography

Much is being made about the competition between the two titles--Doubleday (where Mrs. Onassis was a former employee) planned to release "Reading Jackie" in early 2011, but moved the date up to December 7 when they learned that Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press slated the release of  “Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” for January 4, 2011. Publishing date jockeying aside, I'll probably end up reading both!
 
Mrs. Onassis at work in 1977. By Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time Life Pictures, from Getty Images via the New York Times 

I guess my own love of books has defined me as much as my love for drawing and painting. So I can't wait to dive in to these stories of how reading shaped Jackie's life. "The two books both make the point that Mrs. Onassis’s lifelong passion for reading, and her two decades in publishing, reveal much about her as a person: the intellect behind the fashion plate, the analytical mind behind the famous face," the Times article says.

Sounds fascinating, don't you think? There's no better time to read than gray winter days! What books are on your nightstand--and what are you looking forward to picking up in the coming months?

2 comments:

  1. As one who has gone I think I'll join from afar and read these too! I miss those nights at the tables and the cozy homes and insanely creative ladies!

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  2. Oh Stacey, we miss you, too! : - ) Happy holidays -- hope Nashville is beautiful! XO

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