Welcome to this edition of All Booked Up with Kathy Jennings and Diana Friend. Just like many folks turn to librarians for what to read next, Diana turned to Kathy for her next book, and she wanted a memoir.
Scanning the recent releases that received good reviews, they settled on The Astor Orphan by Alexandra Aldrich. Upon completion, Kathy said that she wanted her reading time back. “One of the reasons I didn’t like it is because there are too many characters and it’s hard to keep track of them.” The reader experiences the recollections of a 10 year old, which also turned her off.
This is not a story of the prominent German-American Astor family who had great wealth. Don’t be fooled; the Astors in this book are not the highfaluting Astors.
For anyone interested in memoirs, Kathy recommends Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Clint Hill, a former Secret Service agent who was assigned to Mrs. Kennedy, penned the memoir with assistance from Lisa McCubbin. He tells his story of what it was like protecting Mrs. Kennedy. “It’s a well-written memoir. You know who the characters are. You know who Clint Hill is because he was her Secret Service agent. It’s not hard to figure out.”
If you have memoirs that you think others should read, leave a comment below with the title, author and why you liked it.