The Importance of Being Kennedy
By Laurie Graham
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061173530, 366pp.)
Publication Date: March 2009
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From the fictitious diary of the equally fictitious Kennedy nanny comes an inside look into the early years of the dynasty with all the juicy bits intact.
Newly arrived from Ireland, Nora Brennan finds a position as nursery maid to the Kennedys of Brookline, Massachusetts and lands at the heart of American history. In charge of nine children practically from the minute they're born including Joe Jr., Jack, Bobby, Teddy, vivacious "Kick," and tragic Rosemary she sees the boys coached at their father's knee to believe everything they'll ever want in life can be bought. She sees the girls trained by mother Rose to be good Catholic wives. With her sharp eye and her quiet common sense, Nora is the perfect candidate to report on an empire in the making. Then World War II changes everything.