Jackie O: On The Couch, Inside the Mind and Life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Bancroft Press) is described as “a fascinating, fictionalized biography by psychoanalyst and longtime student of Jackie lore, Dr. Alma H. Bond. An expert combination of meticulous research and scholarly understanding of the human mind, this read allows a secret look at Jackie, like listening and watching her privately reveal her innermost thoughts and feelings to her therapist.”
Explored will be “Jackie’s deep love for Jack, the cat and mouse game he played before their engagement, his early inattentiveness, and the difficult years they spent together, along with details of his outrageous womanizing and their happier times at the White House late in the marriage are viewed through her eyes.”
Also: “Bond looks into the widow Jackie’s need for Aristotle Onassis; debunking the idea that she married Ari purely for his money, and, says Bond, ‘discloses previously unknown graphic details of Jackie’s sexual awakening.’ The joyful early years are captured and the gradual collapse of the marriage and Ari’s death. Jackie’s successful entry into the publishing world and how the work helped to define her follows.
“Jackie’s new persona allows her to form the best relationship of her life with the elderly, stout, and adoring Maurice Tempelsman-who gave Jackie the love, devotion and constancy that she never received from either husband.”
Towards the end of her life, Jackie was two inches away from me at a reception in the lobby of the Public Theater. She was chatting with her date, Maurice Tempelsman, in between nibbling on a chocolate chip cookie. That was my chance to pounce and dive inside her mind–while also stealing the cookie–but I chickened out and decided to respect her privacy since I’m sure she was harassed day and night.
Hopefully this book will provide the glimpse I didn’t get then.