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02/19/2016 07:44AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier

By Ray Saadi—Book Editor

THE MISSING KENNEDY By Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, Bancroft Press $27.50

To look at the cover photograph of beautiful smiling Rosemary Kennedy, it’s hard to appreciate how her father, Joseph Kennedy, could have secretly had her lobotomized and confined to a Catholic home for the mentally ill where she spent the last 50 years of her life. For the first 20 years, her mother and siblings were forbidden from visiting her.  Rosemary was, in the term used at the time, “mentally retarded,” probably as the result of delaying, by force, her birth, until the doctor arrived. The lobotomy caused her left side to be partially paralyzed, her speech totally impaired. At her home at the convent she fortunately came under the care of Sr. Paulus, the author’s aunt. “Rosie” died at 86, her life the catalyst for her sister Eunice’s inspiration for Senior Olympics. A wealth of photographs is included. 

SINATRA The Chairman By James Kaplan, Doubleday $35.00

Did you miss it, the 100th anniversary celebration of Old Blue Eye’s birth? If you’re a subscriber to Sirius Satellite Radio, you’ve had two plus whole days of his music and remembrances from his daughter, son, grandchildren, producer and friends. Not to worry, packed into nearly 1,000 pages, James Kaplan’s second volume on Sinatra, will bring you up-to-date with even more interesting and intimate news of the man who, in most opinions is no doubt the greatest pop singer of all time.

Today, In Print February 2016 James Kaplan SINATRA The Chairman Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff THE MISSING KENNEDY
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