The Missing Kennedy

The Missing Kennedy

Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women

Book - 2015
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Chronicles the lives of Rosemary Kennedy and Sister Paulus Koehler, a Franciscan nun who was her caregiver and travel companion.
Publisher: Baltimore, MD :, Bancroft Press,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781610881746
Branch Call Number: 921 KEN
Characteristics: xi, 260 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 23 cm


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Aug 14, 2016

This is the story of Rosemary Kennedy, joe and Rose Kennedy's oldest daughter who underwent a lobotomy as treatment to eliminate the effects of mental illness. Unfortunately, Rosemary became severely mentally ill following an unsuccessful intervention. The book focuses mostly on her relationship with Sister Paulus (Koehler) who was her main caregiver for thirty-five years. The author also tries to draw parallels between people of her own family dealing with mental illness and Rosemary. Although providing an interesting insight into Rosemary's life at Saint Coletta's in Wisconsin, the book does not flow well.

Aug 07, 2016

Very disappointing attempt on the part of the author to tie her own family history to that of the Kennedy's by way of Rosemary Kennedy. Poor, uneven writing and too many extraneous details made for a tedious read.

Apr 05, 2016

Another sorry story in the Kennedy family saga. It needed to be told even if not very well. . Joseph Kennedy sr had a lot to answer for.

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