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Caroline Kennedy is the author and editor of twelve bestselling books on American history, politics and poetry. She is the current United States Ambassador to Japan.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Voice; 1 edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Kennedy is the editor of ten New York Times bestselling books on American history, politics, constitutional law and poetry, including She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems and A Family of Poems. She works to bring the power of the spoken work to students in New York City schools. (photo credit: Ron Howard)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
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As a life long poetry lover I've learned that favorite poems take on added beauty and meaning when read by an accomplished actor. Thus finding SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY, a collection of poems selected by Caroline Kennedy and read by such luminaries as Jane Alexander, John Bedford Lloyd, Hope David, and Campbell Scott, has given me great pleasure. To hear beloved words again is always a joy but to hear them in these voices is truly wonderful.

As many know, Kennedy has authored and edited a number of books on constitutional law, American history, politics, and poetry. Now she turns her attention to the passages of a woman's life, selecting poems illustrative of those milestones. We have opportunities to learn again from the wisdom, experience and wit of such superb wordsmiths as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Pablo Neruda, W. H. Auden, W. B. Yeats, Dorothy Parker, and more.

The book is divided into sections that explore and celebrate portions of a woman's life, such as "Falling In Love," "Breaking Up," "Marriage," "Motherhood," "Death and Grief." Kennedy has said that her favorite section is "How To Live" as it "....includes the poems that started this book, and many others, each containing wisdom that has helped me on my own journey."

Although SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY is subtitled A Woman's Journey Through Poems, both men and women will be enriched by these readings as they travel their own life journey.

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on April 13, 2011
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Just when it appears poetry has become obsolete, along comes a champion who returns it beautifully to the forefront--to it's rightful place! Caroline Kennedy has compiled a wonderful book which looks at a woman's special journey through life. It elevates the female role to a place of beauty and honor. I loved the format and illustrations. Take off the cover and you will find gorgeous boards as well. This would make a very special Mother's Day gift for the woman who loves books. I love my copy! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By English Major on April 5, 2011
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Lovely book....and lovely idea, to give the gift of a poem. Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your family's tradition...and reminding me of my mother. She gave me a set of books of poetry, when I was a child, that I continue to cherish. In our family, we all make cards for each other, of every mood and mode. Today, sending your books of poetry to special girls in my family---one being a birthday girl. Hope you continue to share poetry.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on May 6, 2011
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This collection of poetry is not your ordinary collection by any means. If I could give it a ten instead of a five I would!

When Caroline Kennedy was a little girl, her mother, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, read poetry to her. I remember from her book The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis that this is where Caroline first began to appreciate poetry.

That deep appreciation for poetry has now translated into an amazing collection of works by many accomplished poets including Anne Sexton, Edna St. Vincent Millay, W.B. Yeats, Rumi, Sylvia Plath, Sappho, Shakespeare, and my personal favorite Mary Oliver--as well as many more.

Some of the poetry will be familiar to readers, some not. Some of the poets will be familiar, some not. Some are traditional, some are very modern. And, if you are already fond of poetry, I'd wager a guess that you're sure to find at least one that can be called "one of your favorites." For me, the absolute best treat was to find, in the "How To Live" section, my very favorite poem--one that I carry with me wherever I go: Mary Oliver's "The Journey." Which one will you choose as your favorite from the collection?

Kennedy has brought together nearly two hundred poems that speak to many of the milestones in every woman's life. Each section is prefaced with a short musing by Kennedy about the theme. What is apparent in all of them is that she is keenly aware of the differences and the common threads that make the collection and this book a perfect one for any and all women.

In her Introduction, Caroline Kennedy shares that each of three friends gave her a poem when she turned fifty. She hung on to them and shared them when it seemed appropriate to do so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Dillahunt on May 2, 2013
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I mostly liked Kennedy's intros to each section--they provided a "set up" for why the poems she selected we there, and I enjoyed revisiting some old favorites as well as some poems that were new (to me), but it seemed awfully heavy on the romantic. I understood the book was centered on women, but I thought too much attention/too many sections were dedicated to romantic love (and overly idealistic notions of love or objectified notions of women). My favorite parts were the ones that dealt with the more realistic and tangible--the struggles and triumphs of daily live: growing older, grieving, etc. (I'd also like to have seen more women authors; there were many, but some sections, e.g. love, seemed predominately men writing about women.)

On the whole, it was a satisfactory read, but I wouldn't have purchased it had it not been a book club selection. The poems are quite accessible, so it was a good introduction to poetry (and a nice change of pace for our book club), but for a poetry lover, it tread heavily on well worn ground.
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