Savoy Bookshop & Café presents a talk and book signing with Raymond Sinibaldi (Jackie's Newport: America’s First Lady and the City by the Sea). This event is free and open to the public.
About the Book
"All the memories come back, no place in the world as lovely as Hammersmith Farm," Jackie wrote in a letter to her mother upon departing Hammersmith Farm, following the first presidential visit in the fall of 1961. Hyannis Port is most commonly associated with the Kennedy presidency, but the truth is that Hammersmith Farm was Jackie's preferred getaway, providing the privacy she so passionately desired. Jackie arrived in Newport in 1942 just before her thirteenth birthday and emerged as "Queen Debutant of the Year" five years later. "I remember seeing her once as a debutant," recalled a Newport contemporary, "I remember catching my breath...as she walked down a flight of stairs...she was so regal...I've never forgotten that moment." Jackie's Newport takes you through her early years, to debutante, to Senator's wife, to America's First Lady where she emerged as an international force beguiling world leaders. And finally; "With majestic pace and instant dignity, she disciplined our grief, made us proud in our shame, and gave us gentle strength to nurture future Americans." Bringing "every woman a new grace, every wife a new radiance, every mother a new tender courage," as she etched herself into the soul of America, guiding the country through the darkness of that November weekend in 1963. Jackie's Newport brings a fresh look into the inner strength, courage and dignity of the woman who over fifty years later remains America's First Lady.
About the Author
Raymond Sinibaldi was marked by the life and administration of John F. Kennedy. A seven year old third grader when Kennedy was elected president in 1960, the young president's call to action stirred him as a little boy. A family visit to Washington DC in 1962 stoked the already burning fire and American history became a lifelong passion. Like so many Americans, he was crushed by the assassination of President Kennedy and since then the New Frontier has been a focal point of interest and study. For three years he served as a docent at the JFK Library and recently retired as an American History teacher. His passion for history, baseball and the life and times of John F. Kennedy has led to the authorship of eight books. In this effort he turned to Jackie. Enamored with her inner strength, courage and dignity, he explores her remarkable life and its impact on the country, the world and her beloved Newport. Sinibaldi lives in Venice, Florida and travels frequently to Newport, Rhode Island.
Newport, Rhode Island, holds the untold slices of Jackie Kennedy's life. It became her home in 1942, and nothing enchanted her more than watching the sea from the porch of Hammersmith Farm. The city by the sea was her peaceful oasis, where she found refuge when tragedies struck and the comfort of nostalgic times shared with family and loved ones. She married John F.