Kick: The True Story of JFK’s Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

Sympathetic and compelling, kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family’s history. Lively, extremely clever, charismatic, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts.

Moving across the atlantic when her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick—the “nicest Kennedy”—quickly became the family’s star. Growing increasingly independent, kick would also shock and alienate her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family— William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth.

Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the irrepressible Kathleen, the fourth Kennedy child, stood out. But the marriage would last only a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, just four years before Kick’s own unexpected death in an airplane crash at twenty-eight. Paula byrne recounts this remarkable young woman’s life in detail as never before, from her work at the Washington Times-Herald and volunteerism for the Red Cross in wartime England; to her love of politics and astute, opinionated observations; to her decision to renounce her faith for the man she loved.

Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional—and nearly forgotten—young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love. Encouraged to be “winners” from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy’s children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism.

Despite making little effort to fit into British high society, she charmed everyone from the beau monde to Fleet Street with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor.

Alone Together: My Life with J. Paul Getty

This is how the other half lived—dinner dances, satin gowns, hotel suites, beach houses, first-class cabins on the Queen Mary. As formidable as getty was, his wife was equally strong-minded and flamboyant, and their clutches and clashes threw off sparks. Worse, timothy, which made him, he often left teddy and their son, at his death, behind for years at a time while he built planes for the war effort in the 1940s or brokered oil deals—he was the first American to lease mineral rights in Saudi Arabia, the richest man in the world.

Theodora "teddy" getty gaston—now one hundred years old—reveals the glamorous yet painful story of her marriage to J. She knew the vulnerable side of Getty—he underwent painful plastic surgery and suffered terrible phobias—that few, if any, saw. A vivid love story, alone together is also a fascinating glimpse into the twentieth century from the vantage point of one of its most remarkable couples.

Paul Getty. Teddy's extra-ordinary life story moves from the glittering nightclubs of 1930s New York City to Mussolini's Italy, where she was imprisoned by the fascist regime, to California in the golden postwar years, where Paul and Teddy socialized with movie stars and the elite. But life with one of the world's richest men wasn't all glitz and glamour.

Though terrifically charismatic in person, Getty grew more miserly as his wealth increased. This was a life lived from the heart.

Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story

Far more than mere patrons, they were kindred spirits whose sustaining friendship released creative energy. Often considered minor Lost Generation celebrities, the Murphys were in fact much more than legendary party givers. Drawing on a wealth of family diaries, as well as on archival research and interviews on two continents, letters and other papers, photographs, this “brilliantly rendered biography” documents the pivotal role of the Murphys in the story of the Lost Generation Los Angeles Times.

But vaill also shows how their genius for friendship and for transforming daily life into art attracted the most creative minds of the time. Library Journal. The models for nicole and dick diver in fitzgerald’s tender is the Night, Dorothy Parker, Fernand Léger, Archibald MacLeish, the Murphys also counted among their friends John Dos Passos, Cole Porter, and a host of others.

Wealthy americans with homes in paris and on the French Riviera, Gerald and Sara Murphy were at the very center of expatriate cultural and social life during the modernist ferment of the 1920s. Gerald murphy—witty, urbane, and elusive—was a giver of magical parties and an acclaimed painter. New york times bestseller: “a marvelously readable biography” of the couple and their relationships with Picasso, Fitzgerald, and other icons of the era The New York Times Book Review.

Sara murphy, an enigmatic beauty who wore her pearls to the beach, enthralled and inspired Pablo Picasso he painted her both clothed and nude, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Peter Lawford Story: Life with the Kennedys, Monroe, and the Rat Pack

As the brother in law to jfk and a member of the Rat Pack, Peter Lawford was one of America's most acclaimed movie stars. Lawford led an extraordinary life. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, as well as villains from history, Nelson Mandela, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and Alexander Graham Bell, and O.

His story, as told by the woman who knew him best, is the always candid, sometimes shocking unveiling of the most intriguing show business personalities and significant political events of our time. Now fully updated and revised for 2014 this is a must read for anyone interested in Hollywood, film, and celebrity gossip.

Skyhorse publishing, sports publishing, along with our Arcade, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, Good Books, and Yucca imprints, and memoirs. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel

She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis. If anyone would listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess.

She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. The new york times and USA Today Bestseller! She possessed a stunning beauty. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist.

She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both?Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer.

Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

The family patriarch, "the commodore, " built up a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. Fortune's children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated such a vast inheritance. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people.


Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other

With the help of a crew of dhl workers, and a military dog handler, a sympathetic vet, Fred eventually made it to Craig’s family in Virginia. The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, "spreading the message of stubborn positivity.

In 2010, sergeant craig grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered—against military regulations—the dog began to follow him. Months later, when Craig returned to the U. S. It was fred’s turn to save the wounded Marine from Post-Traumatic Stress.

Looks like you made a friend, " another Marine yelled. A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, and optimism, resilience, with a timeless message at its heart—"it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it"—Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.

While on patrol, he spotted a young dog "with a big goofy head and little legs" who didn’t seem vicious or run in a pack like most strays they’d encountered. Today, craig and fred are touching lives nationwide, Oregon, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, and everywhere in between.

. Grossi heard, "Looks like a 'Fred.

Look at You Now: How Keeping a Teenage Secret Changed My Life Forever

It is about how wrenching it is to give away something born of your flesh, even if you know it’s the right decision. Her story is well worth sharing. Booklist“i started reading this book thinking it was a compelling, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant look at the world of teenage pregnancy, honest, and knowing it would offer an inside look at the places where girls used to be hidden away until their babies came.

It is a story about how family dynamics work. This coming-of-age memoir is authentic and unforgettable. Publishers weekly“liz pryor’s refusal to bury the truth of her experiences is the greatest strength of her book. Halfway through her senior year of high school, siblings, she discovers that she is pregnant—a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret from her friends, and community forever.

She writes like a natural, can balance humor and sorrow perfectly, and in Look at You Now, has written a pitch-perfect memoir. Darin strauss, author of Half a Life. Her honesty about a youthful error and desire to let that honesty define the rest of her life are both uplifting and inspiring. It’s about how much we can learn from people very much different from us.

An unsentimental yet moving coming-of-age memoir. Kirkus reviews“pryor has vivid memories of her time in the facility, unvarnished narrative, written as if by her seventeen-year-old self, and her straightforward, rings true.

I Found My Tribe: A Memoir

The tragic wives' swimming club, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, as they jokingly call themselves, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. Ruth's other "tribe" are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. A transformative, it's not yet dark, euphoric memoir about finding solace in the unexpected for readers of H is for Hawk, and When Breath Becomes Air.

Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, from diagnosis to their long-standing precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for swimming in the wild Irish Sea--culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary.

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, family, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, friends, the natural world, and the brightness of life. Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker and author husband Simon Fitzmaurice who has ALS and can only communicate with his eyes.


The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients. In the neonatal unit, hovering at the very edge of survival, premature babies fight for their lives, like tiny Emmanuel, wrapped up in a sandwich bag.1 international bestsellera moving, beautifully-written portrait of a nurse and the lives she has touched Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, and in this intimate, lyrical, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets.

The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone. In the pediatric intensive care unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. In this age of fear, hate, and division, Christie Watson has written a book that reminds us of all that we share, and of the urgency of compassion.

And the stories of the geriatric ward--Gladys and older patients like her--show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society. Through the smallest of actions, nurses provide vital care and kindness. All of us will experience illness in our lifetime, and we will all depend on the support and dignity that nurses offer us; yet the women and men who form the vanguard of our health care remain unsung.

. On the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important--which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer.

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship. Many wondered why winston married her, when the prime minister’s daughter was desperate for his attention. I was enthralled all the way through. Lynne olson, bestselling author of Citizens of London .

Sensitive yet clear-eyed, clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history. Sonia purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves.

Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world. Late in life, winston churchill claimed that victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible” without the woman who stood by his side for fifty-seven turbulent years. You know, "winston confided to FDR, "I tell Clemmie everything.

Through the ups and downs of his tumultuous career, at the expense of her family, in the tense days when he stood against Chamberlain and the many months when he helped inspire his fellow countrymen and women to keep strong and carry on, fatefully, Clementine made her husband’s career her mission, her health and, of her children.

Yet their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine Hozier was the target of cruel snobbery. Engrossing…the first formal biography of a woman who has heretofore been relegated to the sidelines.