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Inside Graceland: Elvis' Maid Remembers [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Rooks
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Book Description

"If you wanted a picture of the life of Elvis Presley, who better to paint it for you than someone who worked as his trusted cook and maid at Graceland? Someone whose daily tasks centered around keeping the 'King of Rock & Roll' happy, whose every move was designed to please the greatest music legend the entertainment world has ever known.

Here is that picture, as painted by Nancy Rooks. Nancy worked for Elvis from 1967 until his untimely death in 1977. Read her stories of what those years were like, of what the routines were at Graceland, and what it meant to be close to Elvis and his family on a daily basis. Read the sad account of her rushing upstairs, after a frantic call from Ginger Alden, and finding him on the bathroom floor. This book presents that picture, one that every Elvis fan will want to see."


Product Details

  • File Size: 2982 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Xlibris (March 22, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00715DPKY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Elvis Book Ever October 6, 2005
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This is the best Elvis book I have ever read and I have read many.most Elvis books have a small mention of Elvis's grandmother and his aunt Delta but Nancy tells us a lot about these two strong women. I really liked learning more about them also Nancy goes into great detail about Elvis and his last days. I also enjoyed the stories about the strange things that went on in Graceland after Elvis died. Nancy also mentions Lisa's marriages. and tells us a little about that this is just a very very interesting book on Elvis as well as the Presley family. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read...hard to put down! March 12, 2006
Format:Paperback
Unlike many other books on Elvis, this one seems very genuine and authentic with no agenda other than to share memories of life Inside Graceland. Rather than a slick, professionally written biography, the style of writing feels as if you were sitting down over a cup of coffee with Nancy as she remembers the years she spent working in Graceland - unstructured and unpolished....just as thoughts pop into her head. There are many interesting little tidbits and details she offers that really humanize Elvis and bring him to life as a real person instead of a celebrity. The personalities and interaction of all members of the family really come out. A pure joy to read - thanks Nancy!
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent inside view, but not enough March 25, 2006
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Nancy Rooks comes across as an innocent and largely credible witness to Elvis's life at Graceland. I wondered, just a bit, how much her loyalty to Elvis might have resulted in omitting some information.

Describing the roles of Aunt Delta and Grandma Presley help to fill out the story of Elvis's home life as presented in other books. Nancy accounts for her own experiences, almost autobiographically. In a sense, she is that fly on the wall that we wished we could have been at Graceland. Most important is her account of Elvis's death. You see her perspective as she watches people rushing through the kitchen. The book has a diary-like nature, laid down as though she were dictating her experiences to a scribe, which in large measure she was.

Unfortunately, the book is small and only 149 pages long. There should have been much more. Page numbering starts with the title page, a telltale sign that the book is too short. A half-page table of contents is provided, 16 pages of poor quality photographs, and 143 pages of text divided into ten chapters.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book August 29, 2008
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I have been and Elvis Fan since he started out , I have also read a lot of "crap" about him that was written just for monetary reasons and to make the author a "hero"..Nancy's book was refreshing as I feel it was a more honest version of "Inside Graceland "..I would recomend it to true Elvis Fans as it is a good and I feel honest report..I have read all the latest books about him, and it is the only one I would recomend as a good read..I enjoyed it very much and "Hats Off to You Nancy"...Rosemary
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book-Nancy A True Friend April 30, 2006
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This is one of the best books I have ever read about Elvis, and I have read a lot of them. Nancy was not only Elvis' maid, but also a true friend. It is so refreshing to read the good things about Elvis. Thank you Nancy for such a great book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short, yet genuine story. August 20, 2006
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A memorable read from Nancy Rooks. Her recollections of going to work each day at Graceland are priceless. I only wish the book had shared more of her memories.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Inside Graceland" June 1, 2009
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It had a few tidbits that were interesting. I would have like to have had more about Elvis and what he did and less about his grandmother and
aunt. We know this author must have seen and heard a lot while she was at work in his home - but on the other hand - maybe it is good she did not feel the need to really exploit her relationship with him as his
employee and maintain her loyalty. However, I felt it did drag at times and I read way too much about Dodger!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELVIS FOR REAL October 3, 2005
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THIS BOOK IS INDEED ONE OF THE BEST THAT REFLECT THAT THERE WAS MORE TO ELVIS THAN THE PILL POPPING MANIAC PEOPLE THINK !! HE WAS A DAD ,AND BLED AND CRIED AND LAUGHED MRS ROOKS THANK YOU FOR LETTING THE PUBLIC KNOW THE ELVIS WE KNEW GOD BLESS YOU!! YA KNOW ELVI SAID THE IMAGE IS ONE THING THE HUMAN BEING ANOTHER ITS TOUGH TO LIVE UP TO THE IMAGE AND AT HOME HE DIDNT HAVE TO ACT LIKE ANYONE !! MRS ROOKS WE MET ALONG TIME AGO ,

"BACK IN THE DAY" LOL THANKS I HAD FORGOTTEN THE ICE TEA !!
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