Prather’s Pick: Another Kennedy biography and more… |

Prather’s Pick: Another Kennedy biography and more…

Diane Prather
Diane Prather

There are two books in this week’s column, a biography and a book of outdoor activities for families. First of all, last week’s column was a review of “The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved” by Christopher Andersen. I didn’t have room in the column for yet another biography, this one about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

“Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: the Untold Story” was written by Barbara Leaming and published by St. Martin’s Press (2014). It is a first-time, at least for me, account of the struggle that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The book begins with a remembrance of Jackie’s life as a young woman, including the divorce of her mother, Janet Lee Bouvier, and then her mother’s remarriage. The reader learns about Jackie’s schooling, her engagement to John Husted, and finally her courtship by Jack Kennedy. The early years at the White House are in the book, too, including the birth of John Jr., Caroline and Patrick. But, the book revolves around the terrible day that John Kennedy was murdered.

Jackie, who literally held her husband’s head together on that tragic day, relived the terrible event over and over in horrible detail to anyone who would listen to her. Although there was no name for it then, Jackie suffered from PTSD, according to the author, for about 31 years. The author writes about her struggle, her marriage to Onassis, and her death. This is a sad but informative book.

“Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: the Untold Story” can be found at the Moffat County Library or at Downtown Books or other bookstores for about $27 in hardcover.

This past week Sally Beauchamp, children’s librarian at the Moffat County Library, showed me a new book with outdoor activities for families.

“Treasure Hunter’s Handbook” is a small book that is jampacked with activities including finding buried treasures, panning for gold, metal detecting, geocaching and letterboxing, hunting for rocks and minerals, and found treasures such as fossils, meteorites and more.

In a chapter on metal detecting, for example, there’s information about metal detectors and which ones to buy, places to metal detect, techniques, cleaning treasures, and the Code of Ethics (with information about respecting private property, following metal detecting laws on public lands, and more). There’s even a little story by Aaron Marcy about treasure hunting as a child.

There are some directions for craft projects, too, such as a very authentic-looking treasure map and a rubber stamp.

The book ends with a list of resources. What a lot of great ideas for summer fun!

“Treasure Hunter’s Handbook” was written by Liza Gardner Walsh. Photographs were done by Jennifer Smith-Mayo . The book is published by Dawn East Books (2014). It costs $16.95 in hardcover. You may also find it in electronic format.

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