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Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?: Timeless Lessons on Love, Power, and Style Hardcover – October 28, 2010

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"The life and style of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are at the centerpiece of Keogh's whimsical book." — Harper's Bazaar

"I love this book! Jackie and Marilyn's timeless fashion aesthetic extends beyond generations - the fact that their style inspires us is a testament to their originality." — Jason Wu

"Figuring out whether you are a Jackie or a Marilyn will revolutionize your closet and transform your love life. Okay, so I'm exaggerating a bit...but it's still a fantastic read!!!" — Simon Doonan

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"The life and style of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are at the centerpiece of Keogh's whimsical book."
(-Harper's Bazaar )

"I love this book! Jackie and Marilyn's timeless fashion aesthetic extends beyond generations - the fact that their style inspires us is a testament to their originality."
(-Jason Wu )

"Figuring out whether you are a Jackie or a Marilyn will revolutionize your closet and transform your love life. Okay, so I'm exaggerating a bit...but it's still a fantastic read!!!"
(-Simon Doonan ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159240569X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592405695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pamela Keogh shares loads of fascinating anecdotes and style trivia about Marilyn and Jackie, but she ping-pongs from a mature, straightforward writing style to Lucky Magazine fashion-speak. She strains for just-between-us-girls intimacy, using a Valley-Girl tone like a cattle prod to make sure the reader "gets it" about these legends' allure: "MM would completely, COMPLETELY, rock out the DVF wrap dress." "And where did Jackie like to shop? Um, anywhere on earth?" "Revisionist History. Way Revisionist History." "Killer jewelry-and when we say killer, we mean some killer, CRAZY jewelry..." Apparently, possession is 9/10ths of the law: "If you are going to wear a bikini, make sure you have gotten a pedicure and OWN it." "Marilyn OWNED denim." "Marilyn OWNED red lipstick. Owned it." Like. Most. Annoying. Ever: "...There was no way she was going to complain about it to anyone. Ever." "You never have a bad hair day. Ever." "Neither the Jackie nor the Marilyn will ever go gray. Ever." "You actually put down the breadbasket. Like, forever." And the repeats, I say, I say, the repeats!: "Marilyn loved the camera. Always did. Always, always, always." "[On paying for dinner] The Jackie? Never...Never. Never. Never. Never. Never. Never." What a shame Keogh dumbed down this book; it would have been great otherwise. Interestingly, she mentions in the acknowlegements that she is a Vassar grad. If her gush is the norm in the dorm, no wonder Jackie referred to the school as "that damn Vassar" and fled women of Keogh's ilk for the sober Sorbonne. And poor associate editor Jessica Sindler.Read more ›
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I found this book full of interesting tidbits, and it was generally fun to read. However, it is extremely obvious that the author liked Marilyn more than Jackie. There were endless jabs at the ex-first lady, meanwhile, we are subjected to stories about the actress to make sure we feel bad for her. I think both women are amazing. It's too bad the author didn't feel the same way. There was barely any sympathy for Jackie, even though she suffered greatly. Sure, she was no Marilyn as far as the pain went, but losing a baby and a husband within months of each other is also no picnic.

Like I said, the book was delightful, and it taught me a lot about both women. However, I have to disagree that every one would rather be with Marilyn. Jackie was a beautiful, intelligent, and compelling women. She certainly wasn't the mess that Marilyn was, and she exhibited a strength and compassion that is not to be ignored.
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I really liked this book, immensely.We grew up Jackie fans....the whole family.We met her one early morning near her Cape Cod Compound, in the late 60's.She was so gracious,and lovely.I enjoy reading everything on this stylish, classy woman,and this book did not disappoint! It was fun, sweet,and informative.Makes you yearn for the days gone by when women acted and dressed like ladies.I knew very little about Marilyn( surprisingly), and so enjoyed all these delectable tidbits on her incredible life.....what a rags to riches story Marilyn lived! Amazing! After reading this, I mailed it cross-country to my sister, who was thrilled to read it,as well.We perhaps are a combo of both ladies, but lean more towards Jackie, in our dress,and home-style.This book is a must-read, if you are a fan of either,or both of these phenomenal women.Bravo!
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If you're a Marilyn expert you probably won't find anything new, except the news (to many of us) that Marilyn was planning to remarry Joe DiMaggio 4 days after her death. If you like Marilyn and don't know much about her you'll learn some things. I am the opposite. I didn't know anything about Jackie. There was a lot here to discover. A fun book overall. But keep the Fox News shots to the Paranoid Liberal blogs please. Cheap shots aren't very clever and in this case it was irrelevant.
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"What Would Jackie Do?" by Branch and Calloway is a book I adore, so when I spotted this one I grabbed it. It's quite a good little book with many nuggets of advice, gossip, wisdom and fluff - but it's nowhere near the calliber of the other book.

There was so much potential here for more in-depth analysis (there's tons of info out there on both Jackie and Marilyn after all), but I suspect it was rushed into print to capitalize on the success of the other book. It shows in the sloppiness of not attributing where certain information and quotes come from, but I admit the thoroughness of Branch and Calloway's research impressed me.

MANY of the quotes and anecdotes of the "Jackie" book show up in this one - annoying. If Keogh came by these independently then great, but at times it sure felt like I was reading a re-hash.

All in all, this is an enjoyable read. But if, like me, you loved the "Jackie" book and hope to find similarly researched insights, you might be disappointed. Still a fun read though - just don't cough up the hardcover price. Wait for paperback.
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