Book Review: What Jackie Taught Us

If you’ve read my blog before, you’re probably familiar with the recent biopic “Jackie,” which I saw a few weeks ago at the North Park Theater. The tale of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ life, particularly surrounding and immediately after the assassination of her husband, was a haunting, memorable film. You can read my full review of it here! (Shameless self-promotion.)

After I saw that movie, I wanted to dive into Jackie’s life a little more and looked into a few books about her and her life. The first I settled on is the one I’m giving a quick review of today: “What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” by Tina Santi Flaherty.

I don’t want to give away too much, of course, but there were a few quotes that really touched me that I’d like to share with you:

Following your dream, which is really what vision is all about, is the essence of a meaningful and exuberant life. Each of us can succeed in achieving our vision, no matter what the odds. But even if we run aground, the rewards can be great. What we learn on one journey becomes the building blocks for the next.

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Movie Review: “Jackie” is Haunting, Memorable Biopic

image1Pablo Larrain’s 2016 biographical drama film, “Jackie,” released earlier this month, is a fascinating, haunting look into the life of Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy around the time of her husband’s death. It is fascinating, intimate and memorable – and a film I would recommend to all, whether you’re invested in this iconic figure or not.

I was fortunate to catch this flick at the historic North Park Theatre in Buffalo. I’d never been before, but I truly see why they call it “Buffalo’s best.” It is a beautiful, one-room theatre, stage and all, with a screen set up on said stage for viewing of movies. The 600-seat theatre was established in 1920 and is absolutely picturesque. It’s certainly a beautiful way to watch a film. (It also happens to be five minutes from my home and the only local-ish theater showing the film, so…. things worked out nicely.)

“Jackie” stars Natalie Portman as the title character, and is an intriguing look at the time in Jackie’s life surrounding her husband’s death. The film flips back and forth between the ‘present’ time, which is an interview between a reporter and Jackie in Hyannis Port, MA, and reflecting back on the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. This is Portman’s first time portraying Jackie, and I think she wears it well.

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