“Whenever there’s a tragedy, a tiny nub of green starts to grow inside you. It’s a regrowth,” John continued. “You have to hold on to that little nub until it grows into the tree that is the next part of your life.” Christmas”
Help! I have a problem. I’ve read a total of 6 books that heavily feature the Kennedy family this year. It’s a sickness! I mean, I was eleven with JFK JR died- I literally have no memory of it- why am I so obsessed?
This was an interesting take because Terenzio focuses only on JFK JR, her boss for five years, and Carolyn Bessette, who became one of her best friends. Her blessed life, as a sort of assistant/ chief of staff for John, came crashing down when the plane John was piloting vanished into the ocean on his way to a cousin’s wedding.
RoseMarie met John when she was working at PR New York; her sassy, Bronx attitude combined with her not gushing over the young Kennedy endeared her to him and they became friendly. When PR New York dissolved RoseMarie found herself working for Kennedy as he started up the magazine that would become George.
This is mostly just fun stories about being the right-hand man of the most famous man in America. She got a lot of perks for being “RoseMarie from John Kennedy’s office” but she also had a very stressful job that seeped into her personal life as well. She clearly had a special relationship with Kennedy and Carolyn but sometimes lines got blurred and she became almost a marriage counselor to the famous couple.
The language is a bit rough, Rosie from the Block and whatnot, but its a pretty entertaining read if you’re interested in the inside world of the celebrities. It’s full of happy memories until the tragic ending.