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Recently Taylor Swift has put the Kennedy family back in the news. She is romantically linked to Conor Kennedy, the grandson of Bobby Kennedy who was assassinated in 1968. RCPL has Randy Taraborrelli’s After Camelot: a personal history of the Kennedy family: 1968 to the present (2012). The Kennedy family’s story includes many celebrity associations beginning with Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and actress Gloria Swanson from Hollywood’s pioneer days to JFK, Jr. and Conor Kennedy. The American public has nostalgia for the Kennedy’s sixties from the presidency past Bobby’s presidential campaign and assassination. After becoming a widow the second time Jackie was an editor at Doubleday where she edited Michael Jackson’s only autobiography Moon Walk. In a preface she compares him to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. After Camelot is a family biography that is rich in American history and pop culture. After Bobby’s assassination Andy Williams sang at the funeral and became close to Ethel until his death. He also sang at Bobby’s daughter Kathleen’s wedding and the service after Michael Kennedy’s ski accident. The Marilyn Monroe connection to the President and Bobby was a secret revealed long after their deaths. Peter Lawford of the original Oceans 11 married a Kennedy sister. Jean Kennedy Smith had a lengthy friendship with Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist of Camelot the Broadway play. In the next generation Maria Shriver married Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Kennedy married Frank Gifford’s daughter, also the stepdaughter of Kathie Lee Gifford. JFK, Jr. heir to Camelot, had his own celebrity brand. Before a serious relationship with Daryl Hannah when he met his wife Carolyn, he dated Madonna in the 80’s. Drew Barrymore posed as Marilyn Monroe for the cover of his magazine George in the 90’s. The author’s exhaustive research and interviews gives the reader the feeling of sitting in the living rooms and dinner tables through the years of living history. Ethel Kennedy, now the family matriarch, was pregnant with daughter Rory at the time of Bobby’s assassination. After Camelot’s prologue begins with the anticipation of her wedding the weekend of John Kennedy, Jr.’s plane crash. Six decades of politics, scandal, victory, tragedy and marriages reveal new personal stories still unfolding. Randy Taraborrelli is a recognizable entertainment personality who has written 15 books on personalities including Madonna, Princess Grace, Michael Jackson and The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2009).

Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Carol S. Says: The author’s previous biography of three Kennedy wives in the 60’s
Amazon Says: Jacqueline Bouvier. Ethel Skakel. Joan Bennett. Three women who married into America's royal family and became forever linked in legend. Set against the panorama of explosive more...
Amazon Says: Jacqueline Bouvier. Ethel Skakel. Joan Bennett. Three women who married into America's royal family and became forever linked in legend. Set against the panorama of explosive American history, this unique story offers a rarely-seen look at the relationship shared among the three women -- during the Camelot years and beyond. Whether dealing with their husbands' blatant infidelities, stumping for their many political campaigns, touring the world to promote their family's legacy, raising their children, or confronting death, the Kennedy wives did it all with grace, style and dignity. less...

Moonwalk by Michael Jackson
Carol S. Says: Michael Jackson’s only autobiography edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Amazon Says: The #1 New York Times bestseller! Michael Jackson’s one and only autobiography – his life, in his words. With original Foreword by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a n more...
Amazon Says: The #1 New York Times bestseller! Michael Jackson’s one and only autobiography – his life, in his words. With original Foreword by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a new Introduction by Motown founder Berry Gordy, and an Afterword by Michael Jackson’s editor and publisher, Shaye Areheart. “I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories – make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I could do it. It’s something I’d like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It’s quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes.” –Michael Jackson, in Moonwalk From the 1988 edition: Megastar Michael Jackson’s singularly brilliant career and intensely private lifestyle have become a magnificent obsession for millions of rock fans and celebrity watchers throughout the world. His double-platinum singles rocket to the top of the music charts with a velocity equaled only by the inevitable accompaniment of wild rumors about his eccentric personal life. Now for the first time, Michael Jackson breaks the fiercely guarded barrier of silence that has surrounded him in a remarkably candid and courageous book — Moonwalk. In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michael Jackson’s public and private life, he recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful but always formidable. Michael and his brothers played amateur music shows and seamy Chicago strip joints until Motown’s corporate image makers turned the Jackson 5 into worldwide superstars. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 have combined sales of over 200 million albums. He talks about the happy prankster days of his youth, traveling with his brothers, and of his sometimes difficult relationships with his family over the years. He speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music, his mesmerizing dance moves, and the compulsive drive to create that has made him one of the biggest stars in the music business and a legend in his own time. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Thriller as the biggest-selling-album of all time. In Moonwalk, Michael Jackson shares his personal feelings about some of his most public friends…friends like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. He talks openly about the crushing isolation of his fame, of his first love, of his plastic surgery, and of his wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and unfair rumors that have surrounded it. Illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael’s personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for this book, Moonwalk is a memorable journey to the very heart and soul of a modern musical genius. less...
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    The author’s website: See descriptions of his books on Princess Grace, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Marilyn Monroe, Cher and Elizabeth Taylor