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A poignant, evocative, and wonderfully gossipy account of the two sisters who represented style and class above all else - Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill - from the authors of Furious Love.

When 64-year-old Jackie Kennedy Onassis died in her Fifth Avenue apartment, her younger sister Lee wept inconsolably. Then Jackie’s 38-page will was read. Lee discovered that substantial cash bequests were left to family members, friends, and employees - but nothing to her. "I have made no provision in this my Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime", read Jackie’s final testament. Drawing on the authors’ candid interviews with Lee Radziwill, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters explores their complicated relationship, placing them at the center of 20th-century fashion, design, and style.

In life, Jackie and Lee were alike in so many ways. Both women had a keen eye for beauty - in fashion, design, painting, music, dance, sculpture, poetry - and both were talented artists. Both loved pre-revolutionary Russian culture, and the blinding sunlight, calm seas, and ancient olive groves of Greece. Both loved the siren call of the Atlantic, sharing sweet, early memories of swimming with the rakish father they adored, Jack Vernou Bouvier, at his East Hampton retreat. But Jackie was her father’s favorite, and Lee, her mother’s. One would grow to become the most iconic woman of her time, while the other lived in her shadow. As they grew up, the two sisters developed an extremely close relationship threaded with rivalry, jealousy, and competition. Yet it was probably the most important relationship of their lives.

For the first time, Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and acclaimed biographer Nancy Schoenberger tell the complete story of these larger-than-life sisters. Drawing on new information and extensive interviews with Lee, now 84, this dual biography sheds light on the public and private lives of two extraordinary women who lived through immense tragedy in enormous glamour.

©2018 Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Exposing Sisters

I had no idea Jackie was so jealous of her sister, and that there was so much drama between the two.

The reader was a bit awkward to hear at times, sing song voice.

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I really wanted to like it.

I wanted to like this book. I struggled to make it through it. It didn't get better until the end. I feel a little disappointed with it.

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Move Over Gabors!! Bouvier 🔥

The Bouvier sisters have a very similar upbringing to the Gabors! In the sense of the way their mothers raised them... to only engage with wealthy men.
This book is filled with all kinds of twist and turns and ups and downs. If you want to understand the era of their time and the popular events in her short time of being the first lady, than this book can shed light on certain incidents from a different perspective.
The aspect of the book faces on the relationship of the sisters from birth to death. Sibling rivalry to envy to love and fashion.
I enjoyed the book very much and the narration is fine. Some words weren't pro ounces correctly but tomatoes vs.tomatos I guess. 😊

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Just delicious!!

Every sentence was like a delectable morsel of the most fabulous food I think I’ve ever tasted! What a view into a golden age...at times I felt like I was there.

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  • 09-26-18

Not exciting

This turned out to be a very boring listen. Narrator has a strange robotic voice to my ear. I regret the credit used.