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When We Were the Kennedys

A Memoir From Mexico, Maine
Wood, Monica (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When We Were the Kennedys
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1963, Mexico, Maine. The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on a father's wages from the Oxford Paper Company. Until the sudden death of Dad, when Mum and the four closely connected Wood girls are set adrift. Funny and to-the-bone moving, When We Were the Kennedys is the story of how this family saves itself, at first by depending on Father Bob, Mum's youngest brother, a charismatic Catholic priest who feels his new responsibilities deeply. And then, as the nation is shocked by the loss of its handsome Catholic president, the televised grace of Jackie Kennedy--she too a Catholic widow with young children--galvanizes Mum to set off on an unprecedented family road trip to Washington, D.C., to do some rescuing of her own. An indelible story of how family and nation, each shocked by the unimaginable, exchange one identity for another. "Monica Wood has written a gorgeous, gripping memoir. I don't know that I've ever pulled so hard for a family."--Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert
Authors: Wood, Monica
Title: When we were the Kennedys
a memoir from Mexico, Maine
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
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(07/12)ss
ISBN: 054763014X
9780547630144
9780544002326
Branch Call Number: Non-F 813.54 WOO
Statement of Responsibility: Monica Wood
Subject Headings: Mexico (Me. : Town) Biography Authors, American 20th century Biography Wood, Monica
Topical Term: Authors, American
LCCN: 2011016069
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Sep 25, 2013
  • booksmaht rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An affectionate and clear-eyed backward glance at life in 1960s small-town Maine. I didn't realize how affecting it was until I started to weep reading the acknowledgements at the end. Monica Wood is such a lovely writer.

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