Torn Lace Curtain

by Frank Saunders | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0030600464 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 11/14/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 24, 2011
My mom picked this out at the Book Thing a while back, and has finished reading it now, so I'm registering it to make it available to BC.

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With zest, a store of indelible memories, and unflinching candor, the man who served the Kennedy family as chauffeur at their Hyannis Port and Palm Beach homes through the JFK presidency and the five critical years following casts a fresh light in this book on America's royal family. Frank Saunders, an orphan who was raised in New England and was working as a bookie in Boston's Combat Zone when he was hired to be Joe Kennedy's personal driver (though eventually it was Mrs. Kennedy he served officially), sets down his remarkable experiences and observations of life at the center of America's Camelot. The result is a domestic revelation such as we have never had, an "Upstairs/Downstairs" account of the Kennedys in scores of characteristic, unguarded moments. We see them in intimate relationship with each other, with Frank Saunders and the rest of the household servants, with such frequent celebrity guests as Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, and through all the cataclysmic events of those years: the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy's airplane crash, Chappaquiddick, and Joe Kennedy's death. Although Frank Saunders was used by Rose Kennedy in less than wholy generous ways, he shows the family in all aspects, as human beings caught in moments warm-hearted or mean-spirited, courageous or avaricious, loving or contentious. Torn Lace Curtain (the term relates to the attic discovery of an old set of curtains, when an amazed Rose Kennedy turns to Frank Saunders to say, "We were lace curtain Irish!") abounds with striking vignettes that range from the wildly comic to the achingly poignant, and in all presents the liveliest picture we have yet been given of America's most extraordinary First Family.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 24, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (7/24/2011 UTC) at Birdie's Cafe - 233 E. Main St. in Westminster, Maryland USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, July 22, 2012
This has been sitting on the shelf at Birdie's for too long, and I needed to clear out some old books to make room for new ones. Not sure yet where this is going, but we'll see.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmaryzeewing at Little Free Library at Finksburg Pharmacy in Finksburg, Maryland USA on Saturday, August 11, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (8/10/2012 UTC) at Little Free Library at Finksburg Pharmacy in Finksburg, Maryland USA

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