Praise for Alma Bond’s Hillary Rodham Clinton: On the Couch
Hillary Clinton is in the news these days having announced her candidacy for 2016. Dr. Alma H. Bond, Ph.D, a psychoanalyst for 35 years have read everything possible about Hillary and, as she did with her previous novels about Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O, and Michelle Obama, all “On the Couch”, her latest book is Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Couch ($22.50, Bancroft Press).
May 28, 2015
In case you haven’t heard, Hillary Rodham Clinton—former first lady, former senator from New York, and former secretary of state—would like you to vote for her for president. Odds are, you already think you know her. She has been in the spotlight for so many decades, there is very little about her that the public doesn’t already know. But that applies to her exterior life. How about what’s going on inside Hillary’s head? Wouldn’t you love to know how she really thinks about issues like Benghazi or her husband’s “weaknesses?” That’s where author Alma H. Bond comes in. Bond was a practicing psychologist for thirty-seven years before she “retired” to become an author, specializing in placing famous folks—real and fictional—on her “couch” for an old-fashioned frolic with Freud. Jackie O, Marilyn Monroe, and even Lady Macbeth got the treatment. Now, with her book, Hillary Rodham Clinton: On The Couch, it’s the Democratic presidential candidate’s turn to have her mind probed. Below the news, take a look at what Bond discovered in Hillary’s brain.
Q & A with Dr. Alma H. Bond
Q: As Hillary Rodham Clinton’s official (fictional) psychoanalyst, what diagnosis would you give?
A: Hillary In my opinion, she is a perfectly normal woman in every way but in her gifts of intelligence and character. She looks and acts like the woman next door. If she were to become ill, she would probably lean toward an obsessive compulsive neurosis.
Q: You base the book on what has been publicly written about her, but how can those sources really give you any clue about the inner life of Hillary?
A: I am a psychoanalyst, who has been trained to look for insights in the exigencies of every day life. In The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Freud wrote that the ordinary details of everyday living give insight to those individuals who are trained to look for it. I spent twenty post-BA years in studying the inner lives of people, and almost forty years in the private practice of psychoanalysis. I believe this qualifies me to understand what is hidden behind the written and spoken word about Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Q: You’ve also put Jackie O. “On the Couch.” Who did you relate to best?
A: I love them both. Here is how I feel about the subjects of my books: “When I am not near the one that I love, I love the one I am near.”
Q: What did she tell you during your imaginary sessions that truly surprised you?
A: What she really thinks about Bill’s affair with Monica you-know-who. How she really feels about Bill.
Q: You also diagnose Bill Clinton in your book. Can you share that with us?
A: He is an addict, who turns to the objects of his addiction when he is distressed. Everyone has his or her own way of dealing with unbearable stress. Some withdraw completely, others turn to alcohol or drugs, while still others abuse their wives or children.
Bill turns to extramarital affairs to self-medicate himself. I don’t think anyone could have stood up to the terrible, unceasing accusations made against him and not break down in some way. I doubt whether I could have. What is remarkable is not that Bill regressed, but that he was able to carry out the duties of the office of the president as well as he did under the horrendous pressure he was forced to live under for so many years.
Q: Will Hillary Rodham Clinton become the next president of the United States?
A: Yes! Yes! Yes! If not, the world will be the poorer for it for generations to come.
Q: Did you send Hillary a copy of your book? Yes, If so, any response yet?
A: Not yet.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON On The Couch by Alma H. Bond, PH.D.
In the fourth installment of her “On the Couch” series, famed female biographer Dr. Alma Bond looks inside the head and life of presidential frontrunner and informs voters what she’s found.
This is the most original concept I’ve come across!
What an extraordinary read! I felt like a fly on the wall in Dr. Darcy Dale’s office, as the author has a gift for depicting a situation as if it is actually occurring. Every chapter was an open doorway to a room full of intimate details about the former First Lady, which made the sessions more realistic. From birth to Benghazi, and beyond, this novel explores Clinton in a most enjoyable, and sometimes heartbreaking, manner.
I’m not a colossal fan of politics, but Hillary Rodham Clinton has always intrigued me. I’ve read several articles in the past, but her story has more depth than I originally considered. The Bibliography is quite extensive; therefore, this was getting several points of reference at once. When you consider what this woman has been through and how she persevered, it’s hard not to admire her. Alma H. Bond, Ph.D. has delivered a powerful interpretation of an enigmatic figure!
I think it’s brilliant!
ABOUT THIS LITERARY CHEF
Dr. Alma H. Bond is the author of twenty-one published books, including, most recently, Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch, Jackie: On the Couch, Lady Macbeth: On the Couch; Michelle Obama: A Biography; The Autobiography of Maria Callas; Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst; Camille Claude: A Novel; America’s First Woman Warrior: The Story of Deborah Sampson; and Who Killed Virginia Woolf? A Psychobiography.
Dr. Bond received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, graduated from the post-doctoral program in psychoanalysis at the Freudian Society, and was a psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She “retired” to become a full-time writer, but now maintains a small practice in addition to writing.
Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, and the Authors Guild, as well as a fellow and faculty member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She was one of the first non-medical analysts to be elected to the International Psychoanalytic Association.
Dr. Bond grew up in Philadelphia, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Temple University, and following voluntary military service, moved to New York, where she earned a Ph D. in psychology from Columbia University.
A longtime resident of New York City, she lived for nearly a dozen years in South Florida, and now resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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In the fourth installment of her “On the Couch” series, famed female biographer Dr. Alma Bond looks inside the head and life of presidential frontrunner and informs voters what she’s found.
Hardcover: 290 pages
Publisher: Bancroft Press (March 15, 2015)
Hillary on the Couch: A Quick Overview
LOGLINE : Hillary Clinton comes for psychiatric help in dealing with her husband’s latest affair. Dr. Darcy Dale encourages her to open up and to reveal her past —the good and the bad. Much information about the First Lady is revealed during these fictionalized sessions.
RESULT : An in-depth and detailed look at the life of Hillary in a way that’s more interesting than a typical biography/autobiography because the author is really able to make Hillary come to life and seem human. She’s more than the nickname she was given during her early years ―”Sister Frigidaire. ”
She has many emotions and even cries, not only during sessions, but states she cried during other difficult points in her life.
She’s funny, a bit sarcastic, and very intelligent.
Bond provides interesting insights into what Hillary could have been thinking about this or that, and the state of her mind from a psychoanalyst’s point of view.
It’s easy to get to know Hillary and want to hear her story.
Praise for Alma Bond’s Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch
“Unlocks the secrets of her charm and attraction!”
― Dr. Abe Bortz, Co-Editor of the Book of the Month Club and History Book Club Selection Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK
“If ever anyone could be said to read the minds of the dead, it must be Dr. Alma Bond. She has once again gotten into the soul and spirit of a tragic heroine, this time of Marilyn Monroe. As Bond sees her, Marilyn was a needy child, an intelligent woman, a driven actor, and a sexpot extraordinaire all in one, calling on her strengths when needed, resorting to pouty lips and seductive sway when all else failed. Able to go from sultry siren to dependent child in a matter of minutes, Marilyn was front-page news wherever she went. Norma Jeane, on the other hand, could walk through a crowd and never turn a head. In this book, a fictional psychiatrist—a stand-in for Dr. Bond—tries to help Marilyn reconcile her disparate feelings, her overwhelming need for approval from men, and her dysfunctional upbringing.
We all know the story doesn’t end well, but in Bond’s capable hands, we have a more thorough understanding of the devils that drive Marilyn to her self-destructive sexual and addictive behaviors. We want her to ‘just say no!’ but—like going to see Gone with the Wind and hoping it ends differently—we can only be voyeurs to her impending death. The book is well written, almost all of it from Marilyn’s point of view. Fifty years have gone by since her death, and she still remains a thoroughly memorable, iconic sign of her times. Bond captures that with finesse, style, and incredible detail.”
―Ann Beardsley, Scribes World Reviews
“Psychoanalyst Dr. Alma Bond has authored a series of ‘On the Couch’ books that examine the lives of the famous and the fictional, from opera singer Maria Callas to Lady MacBeth. She always brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to her books. Coming in October is one that’s sure to interest the fans of the movie icon, Marilyn Monroe. Many books have been written about her, but Marilyn Monroe on the Couch ($23.95, Bancroft Press) provides insights to the actress who had talent beyond her luminous beauty and yet remained so fragile despite her fame. Dr. Bond focuses on her life from the 1950s and 60s, a time in which she sought the help of a Manhattan psychoanalyst to cope. It’s an illuminating book in ways that other writers sought to achieve but often missed.”
― Alan Caruba, Bookviews
“If the great Marilyn Monroe is one of your film heroes, this is a book that should interest you. Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch gives you insight into the inner feelings of a great actress. An enjoyable read.”
―Julie Blanton, Reviewer, United Kingdom
“Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962, and if she were alive today, she would have been 87. We all know her as one of the most famous sexpots who ever lived, and that she starred in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. Today, if we check out Amazon.com, we’ll discover that there are over 13,000 products in one way or another associated with her name. Why are we still obsessed with her? And with all her notoriety? Do we really know the real Marilyn Monroe? . . . Using her experiences and skills as a psychoanalyst for over thirty-seven years, coupled with her vast research, Alma H. Bond has presented, through the voice of a fictitious Manhattan psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcey Dale, a unique and striking picture of Marilyn . . . Bond embraces much of which is familiar to her subject, but her approach allows readers to get a better understanding of this Hollywood icon . . . Bond’s Marilyn Monroe on the Couch is an engrossing exploration of a tortured and troubled actress who even today leaves us with more questions than answers.”
― Norm Goldman, Publisher, Bookpleasures.com
“Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch is a fictional tale in the sense that author, Alma H. Bond, Ph.D, took well-known and documented facts about Marilyn Monroe and then penned a riveting look at a three year period of psychiatric ‘sessions’ with Marilyn. Even though this book only spans three years, these ‘sessions’ discuss the entirety of Norma Jean Mortenson’s (aka Marilyn Monroe’s) turbulent existence from early childhood until that final, fateful communication. The book is written in a first-person dialogue: as Dr. Darcey Dale, a psychoanalyst in New York City, followed by the many ‘recountings’ of Marilyn Monroe. In Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch, the reader will get to experience: Marilyn Monroe’s perturbing, shocking, and painful childhood; her aspirations of becoming a famous movie star; and her dream of finding someone who would truly love her. The book is a heartbreakingly real look at an iconic woman, and it is written with a true, and compassionate, understanding that sometimes only a trained, and very experienced, psychologist can provide. If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan, than you have no doubt already read many books and biographies about her. However, Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch is not one to be missed. It’s riveting, surprising, and touching. In the end, it will break your heart. It’s a ten-star read, but sadly I’m only allowed five on Goodreads.”
― Charline Ratcliff, published writer, photographer, artist, and interior designer, Phoenix, AZ
- Best Literary Fiction, NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs) Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards (Summer 2013)
Praise for Alma Bond’s Jackie O: On the Couch
“This book is brilliant and fascinating. I am in awe of Dr. Bond’s ability to paint so layered, and so riveting, a profile. The fact that it is written in the first person provides the reader an intimacy and understanding that no normal third-person biography could ever accomplish.”
―Dr. Abe Bortz, Co-Editor of the Book of the Month Club and History Book Club Selection Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK; former Historian, U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Social Security Administration; co-author, The Corps of Engineers : the war against Germany; and frequent book reviewer of history-related books, The Baltimore Sun and The Baltimore Evening Sun
“New York City author and psychoanalyst Alma H. Bond dove inside the head of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (Jackie) Kennedy Onassis in her new book, Jackie O: On the Couch. After years of meticulous research, Bond combined her skills as writer and shrink to create a character so believable you feel as though Jackie O is in your living room. Jackie O is a fast read filled with intimate details of this fiercely private woman’s life. It’s as if Jackie herself is baring her soul to you . . . As you are taken through the death of Jackie and JFK’s infant son, Patrick, their joy of raising Caroline and John Jr., JFK’s Bay of Pigs disaster and his despair over that, and the tragic Texas assassination, you will forget it’s not Jackie speaking . . . I highly recommend this book. It’s a winner!”
―New York Resident Magazine
“Extremely entertaining. Totally and convincingly busts the long-held perception that, from a sexual standpoint, Jackie was the proverbial ice princess all her life.”
―Margaret Richman, Denver, CO
“There have been dozens of books about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The fascination with her has not ceased even though it has been more than a dozen years since her death. Jackie O. On the Couch is one of those rare delicacies that walks the fine line between fiction (written in the first person) and fact – seriously researched. Done with a gentle humor and the classy style that one expects of its subject, it is a hard book to put down. Dr. Alma Bond does a masterful job of arranging her chapters in a sort-of chronology, but mainly in a series of relationships. It is as if Mrs. K-O were really talking to us . . . and she is a delight to hear. There is an old saying that ‘where love is impossible, money is indispensable.’ Put into context with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, that says it all. In twenty brief chapters, Jackie O. manages to present that poor little rich girl image she never stopped portraying: A flamboyant absentee father, a strict, cold absentee mother, a competitive and envious sister, a philandering husband in John F. Kennedy – scratch that to husbands and include Aristotle Onassis, a variety of in-laws who disliked her, and a paparazzi that hounded her. She claims to have loved both her husbands. Maybe, maybe not. It seems that love was never returned. Jackie O. was the supreme touch-me-not. The epitome of classiness and style. The American Queen. Everything she wore was copied, and she wore only the best. She presented culture during an era when culture was dying. Dr. Bond devotes considerable space to Jackie’s sincere love of the arts, whether opera, theatre, poetry, ballet, or visual arts. She also makes note of the fact that none of her relationships – including her relatives – shared those interests, until her last romance at the end of her life. Most of the book is devoted to her marriage to John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family. She includes courtship, early marriage, the White House years, and the assassination. It is what one might expect. In commenting on her televised program of the newly redecorated White House, author Norman Mailer is quoted as saying that Jackie Kennedy “moved like a wooden horse and sounded like an aspiring but totally untalented actress.” She didn’t like the comment, but it was (if anyone has ever seen the production) spot-on. The content and decor were wonderful, but she was indeed wooden, with a little girl voice. She would always prefer to be photographed rather than phonographed. Dr. Bond is a psychoanalyst with many years of experience, both in her discipline and as an author. In 260 pages, Dr. Bond does her best to warm up that quintessential touch-me-not, but Jackie O. is still elusive. The author does not hesitate to present some of her bad qualities – a shopping habit that leaves Mary Lincoln in the dust, often done from spite. She does not hesitate to enter into romantic relationships with already-married men, and seems perfectly content in the betrayal mode. After all, it had been done to her routinely. That she never seemed to have real friends is evident. Social friends, pleasant acquaintances – but no close intimates. She is famously quoted as not “wanting to freeze to death” on her pedestal, but she was always on that pedestal, and it was her own choosing. Like a Faberge egg, she is always beautifully crafted and decorated with the finest of everything. Unlike the Faberge egg, there is no surprise inside. But Jackie O: On the Couch is not on a pedestal. It is a delight! It is readable! It is can’t-put-downable! Whether you like Mrs. K-O or not, this book is a winner and thoroughly enjoyable!”
―Feather Schwartz Foster, an independent historian-lecturer who focuses on the “old” First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Mamie Eisenhower. She teaches for the Christopher Wren Association, and is affiliated with both the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and also the Lifelong Learning Affiliate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She has written four books, including The First Ladies (non-fiction). She has also made more than two hundred appearances at historical societies, women’s organizations, libraries, and other venues
“I won’t lie to you. I was skeptical. But by page 2, I was hooked. Jackie O: On the Couch is not only informative, it is insightful and interesting. It boasts the trifecto of i’s. When I see Jackie O, or anyone legendary, on the cover of a book, I grab or request it before I really know what it is about. Very short-sighted, I know, but it can make for interesting reading. So when I saw this gem appear on Net Galley, I immediately requested it. I mean, come on – Jackie O is the woman we have to thank for the popularity of oversized sunglasses! The woman at the side of JFK! The woman who married Aristotle Onassis! Those are the three things that immediately come to mind when you think of Jackie O . . . until you read Jackie O: On the Couch. I had been skeptical when I saw that this was not actually a Jackie O book in a vault somewhere, but was the book of someone I had never heard of, writing about Jackie O’s life from Jackie’s perspective. But then I read that the author, who is wonderful, is a psychoanalyst, and in preparing to write this book, read 100 books on Jackie. So if anyone who did not actually know Jackie could be looked upon as an authority on her, it would have to be Dr. Alma H. Bond. I now know so much more about the enigmatic woman who was Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The book is beautifully written and offers a lot of insight into the world of Jackie O. It also pays attention to other significant historical figures like John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Bobby Kennedy, etc. Dr. Bond’s chapter on JFK as a father is so moving. This is the kind of book you hope someone would write about you when you are no longer of this world. So, if you are interested in the lives of those who are no more, but who made a significant difference in their lifetimes, then Jackie O: On the Couch is definitely the book for you.”
“We know your book club members will see the enormous potential of Jackie O: On the Couch, a unique exploration of the life and loves of a great historical figure with enduring appeal to the public.”
―Book Club Reading List, a quarterly newsletter that introduces book clubs to authors
“In twenty finely wrought and sensitively drawn chapters, Bond creates a voice worth hearing. Her Jackie O is no cookie-cutter cardboard creation. Not the stuff of tabloids or stoic first ladies keeping their chin up while their real voice goes unheard. Instead, Bond gets inside Jackie’s head and gives us a real flesh and blood human being with her own ambitions, desires, and contradictions, as well as a sensuality and psychology all her own. Right from the get-go, Jackie tells us that ‘life has always been more important to me than writing about it.’ Even so, Bond’s insightful psychoanalysis reveals a Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis we can hardly imagine. In this book, she takes us on a star-spangled, celebrity-studded journey through a series of constellations that dare to go where few writers have had the guts to venture before.
Bond, a practicing psychoanalyst with more than 60 years of shedding light on those dark corners of the mind that most of us dare not see, brings to life a Jackie O who is as hot-blooded and passionate as the men in her life. Although Bond has fictionalized the likes of Maria Callas and Camille Claudel and is more qualified than most to put Jackie on the couch, her narrative reads like a suspense thriller and keeps readers on the edge of their chairs. Take Jackie’s reflections in chapter 2, in which she tells us about her sister, Lee Radziwell. “Was it passive-aggressive of me to remain friends with and take the side of a man who had cheated on my sisters, she wonders.” Jackie goes on to dwell on how she betrayed her sister with Aristotle Onassis, who ignited her passions as no other man had. It is revelations such as this one that make this book a total page-turner. We can hardly wait to devour the next course in this banquet Bond has put before us. In giving us the unscripted moments of Jackie’s inner most life, Bond makes us feel as if this highly ambitious, complex and driven woman is speaking directly to us. At last, we begin to grasp the woman behind the celebrity. Her dreams, hopes, disappointments and finally the cancer that ravished her at the end of her incredible life.”
―Midwest Book Review
“I have read a lot of reviews for this book that are kind of negative, because the ‘facts’ in the book are not correct. Well, I don’t know if they are not. What I do know is that this is psycho-biography based on the life of Jackie O, and the imagined things she would say about her life and adventures. Also, the author states her sources in the bibliography at the end of the book. It was an awesome read, and I finished it in one night, because I just could not put it down. Whether fact or fiction, I loved this book. It was a great read!”
―Hanging Off the Wire
“In this fascinating psycho-biography, Dr. Alma H. Bond takes us into the eloquent and complex mind of the unforgettable Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. A much-remembered fashion icon throughout the 1960s, and famously reticent first lady of the assassinated president, John F. Kennedy, she is finally made available to readers. Exploring Onassis’s lavish but demanding upbringing, two marriages, and one final relationship, Bond proves that this mysterious woman’s voice is worth listening to. In addition, the book demonstrates how this glamorous but grieving widow deserves the appreciation and respect she did not always receive during her lifetime. Written in the first-person, Jackie O: On the Couch demonstrates convincingly what Onassis’s voice would have been like had she actually written an autobiography. The reader discovers how this woman distinguished herself as a dedicated wife and mother, and later, as a hard-working and devoted book editor. Onassis lived through some of the most important times of history and attempted to pick up the pieces of her life after frequent mourning, and sometimes frequent media criticism. Fleshed out beautifully through descriptions and sentiments, this alluring icon’s identity is, ultimately, fully and finally unveiled to readers in a gem of a book that many readers the world over will find irresistible.”
―Clara Roberts, Towson, MD
“Informative, historical, fascinating!!!! Learning about Jackie Kennedy from her point of view was enlightening. I have always been fascinated by her very public life and the tragedy that befell such a young woman. How she acted kept a country together and tongues wagging for years. I learned from her what the assassination of her husband did to her, her family, and her choices later in life. There are many facts that I didn’t know and found them answering questions I had. A very well written bio that had me laughing, crying, and seeing a time in history from a different point of view.”
―Karen Broadhead, Granger High School, West Valley City, UT
“The public watched Jackie through a great many big moments in history, and since then many biographers and historians have examined her life in both a personal and historical context. But what did Jackie really think about everything? What did she think about John’s affairs or Bobby’s wife Ethel? What did she feel for her children? How did she keep going despite experiencing such terrible loss? Jackie O: On the Couch gives the narrative back to Jackie and puts her innermost thoughts and feelings on display . . . Since my early teens, I have had a strong interest in learning about the Kennedy family. I’ve read a lot of books that detailed their lives, including a number of books that ‘exposed’ Jackie Kennedy. I was interested to see this book and how it handled her life. My favourite parts were the ones that dealt with the Bouviers, I think because this hasn’t been as thoroughly detailed as her life with John, Robert, Ethel, etc.”
―Crowding the Book Truck
“Bond’s meticulously researched biography of Jackie O is a page-turner. Though we know how it turns out (good girl morphs into bad girl, finally discovers self), Bond has put the puzzle pieces of Jackie’s life together in such a way that she seems almost―but never quite―human. From the darling of the American press to the lover of a womanizing Greek, Jackie is ever in search of something more. Bond’s inside look at much of her life does her honor, yet she doesn’t shy away from the more smug moments of Jackie’s attitude (and ye s, she does have many reasons to be smug, thanks in large part to iron-clad self-discipline). What Jackie really needs to find, however, is herself. I kept wanting her to let go of her desperate need for approval and her strong desire for accessories, be they men, furnishings, yachts, or an exotic life. Jackie is, from start to finish, a narcissistic, spoiled rich kid. Even when she bemoans her lack of funds, she’s still subsisting on $20,000 a month, and that was years ago. So although I find myself in sympathy for someone who needs to find herself, her own smug attitude kept me from too much empathy. Still, I’m glad I read it. Bond has done an amazing job of letting us glimpse the woman inside the public persona.”
―Ann M. Beardsley, Scribes World Reviews
“I, for one, loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I read the whole thing at one sitting; and now, I am re-reading it again, slowly and carefully relishing every little tidbit. Being of the Camelot generation, I have always been fascinated by the Kennedys. However, I certainly can’t claim to have read every book written about them. Nevertheless, this book about Jackie was fascinating and enlightening, giving me so many facts and insights I never knew or had before. I loved the parts about Jackie’s children; I laughed at the stories about Ethel; I bridled in reading about Joe Sr. and Jack’s womanizing; and I was in awe at Jackie’s survival skills. (I was also really surprised about the Dallas trip dream sequence and what it portended.) Give yourself a treat; and buy this book. It’s well worth the time and money.”
―Marilynne Langford, Phoenix, AZ
“If you love Jackie, then you’ll love this book! Our beloved Jackie seen as she would have revealed herself through the eyes of a psychoanalyst…Talk about juicy. What a treat to go behind the scenes to get a real picture of the woman behind the facade. She was, I guess, a real person after all. Thank you, Dr. Bond, for your unique insight into the myth and mystique behind the Camelot lore.”
―Dr. Janet Brill, Parkland, FL
“Very nicely done! 363 downloads of the show in just four days. That is a bonafide hit for us!”
―Paul Bruno, Host and Producer, “The History Czar”
“Jackie O: On the Couch is a biography written like a memoir. I didn’t expect a lot when I received it, but was curious because I wanted to expand my knowledge of the Kennedys without picking up a heavy non-fiction book about the presidency. This book looked just fine. And fine it was, surprising me in quite a few ways. The book discusses Jackie’s youth, her marriage with Jack, and their time in the White House, Jack’s death, and her life-after. Though she experienced many awful events, Jackie O was quite a light read. It felt like she was simply telling you all her stories over a cup of tea, as if she was there with you in the room. I loved all the honest information. Jackie would probably never be a person I’d befriend, but she interested me. From her hopes and plans to her jealous behavior and fox-hunting, it all felt natural and forgivable once you learned how she grew up and how her personality changed by all the happenings in her life. I felt compassion for her, despite the fact that I disagreed with many of the choices she made. Overall, I thought Jackie O: On the Couch was a nice, well-written book and I’d recommend it to anyone who would like to learn more about her and her life.”
―A. Nientied, Bookseller, Vingerling (The Netherlands)
“I’m not entirely sure I liked this book. The writing style was superb, and the story telling was great, but Jackie O came off as narcissistic, money-grubbing, and selfish. I’d liked her before reading this book, but her personality came off as abrasive, and she tended to act as if she was the center-of-the-world without regard to others around her. I found it particularly telling when she mentioned that her sister was jealous of her, but that was ok because Jackie was better off than she was.”
―Mary’s Book Corner
“Dr. Bond is not exactly a novice author, as she has authored nineteen books and was a psycho-analyst in private practice for thirty-seven years. With Jackie O: On The Couch, she has thoroughly researched the life of Jackie and combines the results of her travail with her scholarly understanding of the human mind, providing her readers with an engrossing window into the life of the former first lady of the United States. In a nutshell, it is as if we are attending Jackie’s therapeutic sessions with her psycho-analyst, peeking through a keyhole like voyeurs, while she rests on a comfortable couch exposing her most intimate and personal life experiences . . . In the final analysis, Jackie O: On The Couch deserves thoughtful reading because the text bears witness to details about Jackie’s life that most of us know little about . . . I am sure that, after reading this compelling book, you will reweigh any previous impression you may have entertained about this complex and mysterious individual.”
―Norm Goldman, Bookpleasures, for Independent Professional Book Reviewers
“Dr. Alma Bond was a psychoanalyst for 37 years. While she still has a limited practice based on Freudian theories, she has in more recent years devoted herself to writing books that are quite distinctive and which demonstrate her powerful imagination. Her latest will no doubt fascinate fans of the late Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Kennedy, who became an icon of the 1960s when her husband Jack was President until his assassination. The public could not get enough of her. Beautiful and intelligent, she married into the already famed Kennedy clan, and produced two children to which she was a devoted mother. The assassination changed much. She married the Greek shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, and when that marriage failed, her companion became a stout, adoring Wall Streeter, Maurice Templeton. She took a position as a book editor and, at the age of 63, non-Hodgkins lymphoma took her life. Throughout her life, she protected her privacy, but now Dr. Bond has written a unique ‘autobiography’ for her, Jackie O: On the Couch ($21.99, Bancroft Press), that she never wrote herself, bringing the events and personalities in her life to the reader in her voice. This is an audacious literary project, based on fact but a work of fiction, and Dr. Bond pulls it off. Anyone who lived through those years and was a fan of Jackie will greatly enjoy this book.”
“Ms. Bond lets Jackie tell her own life story of privilege and heartbreak. Instead of being on a pedestal, Jackie sits down beside you as you read of a girl that could have been you. How many could say that they never could please their mother? How many could say that they were emotionally destroyed when their parents divorced? Many women can read Jackie O: On the Couch and find themselves in her. The topics of her womanizing father, cold mother, jealous sister, low self-esteem, love of a man who abused her and loved her, womanizing husbands, brief affairs, and the tragedy of widowhood are laid bare before the reader. You get a glimpse into a woman who feels that she is less than adequate; otherwise, her husband would love her, cherish her, and not flaunt his mistresses under her very nose. You see a girl inside a woman’s body who only wanted to feel secure but found herself forced into a mold that did not fit her. I found myself leaning toward this fictional Jackie as I connected with her at times. Other times, I felt anger and the desire to defend her. Then I would feel disappointment to see her be human and make mistakes. Quickly, I would love her for her wit and pride. When I got to the chapter on John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I found myself unable to read as the tears overflowed my eyes and would not stop. Her description of holding him and the pain that ripped through her echoed in me. I tend to get emotional when I read, but this is probably the most I’ve cried in reading a book . . . This is a wonderful example of an author using creativity to explore an historical figure and to stimulate conversation . . . It is a fiction book used to help the reader view Jackie in a different light. The way Ms. Bond delivered the life of Jackie is beyond words. It is something you can only feel and experience. You have to sit down on the couch and let Jackie open her soul. If you want to get a new perspective on Jackie Kennedy Onassis and those in her life, this is the book to read. It is remarkably done and will have you glad you bought it. Ms. Bond has delivered in Jackie O: On the Couch a piece of literary art that even Jackie would have applauded.”
―Rebecca Graf, Editor, Saber and Scroll Journal
“Jackie O: Inside the Life and Mind of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is a triumph of scholarship that will stand the test of time, and even pass muster with those who refuse to take a fresh look at this extraordinary woman. Fleshed out beautifully, the identity of this alluring and mysterious icon is, ultimately, fully and finally unveiled to readers. It is a gem of a book that many readers the world over will find irresistible.”
―Cassandra Langer, Ph.D., Award winning art historian/critic
“This is Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ story, a biography of sorts, fictionalized, written in first person, journal-style. The words and thoughts expressed in this book may be ones she actually used . . . The book, as a whole, is well written . . . If you are interested in Jackie Kennedy Onassis or just want to find out more about her, this may be the book for you. Recommended.”
―Allbooks Reviews International
“Jackie O: On The Couch, Inside the Mind and Life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Bancroft Press) is a fascinating, fictionalized biography by psychoanalyst and longtime student of Jackie lore, Dr. Alma H. Bond. An expert combination of meticulous research and scholarly understanding of the human mind, this read allows a secret look at Jackie―like listening and watching her privately reveal her innermost thoughts and feelings to her therapist―and gives us a glimpse into a woman whose life and very presence captivated the world. Jackie O, the first in Dr. Bond’s On the Couch series, not only gives us insight into the enigma that was Jackie but also explores John F. Kennedy’s background and the ways it affected his marriage. Jackie’s deep love for Jack, the cat and mouse game he played before their engagement, his early inattentiveness, and the difficult years they spent together, along with details of his outrageous womanizing and their happier times at the White House late in the marriage are viewed through her eyes. A poignant description of Jack’s assassination and funeral is also recounted. The book is packed with historically correct facts that accurately portray Jackie’s uniqueness as well as the politics and intrigue of Washington. Jackie O: On the Couch shows the ‘real’ Jackie―not just a face that was presented to the world by a woman who cherished her privacy―a woman with real emotions, ambitions, desires and a personality that is all her own. Readers gain a rare understanding of the life and loves of this great historical figure and Jackie emerges as a true human being with enormous strengths and shortcomings. The first in a series of three, this award-winning book will be followed with two more that will feature Lady Macbeth and Marilyn Monroe.”
“I highly recommend Jackie O on the Couch by Dr. Alma H.Bond.”
―The Z Philosophy
“Jackie O: On the Couch is the story of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as she might have written it highlighting Jackie’s life from her own perspective, as imagined by author Dr. Alma Bond, long-time student of Jackie lore. The facts are all historically correct, as are the ideas, the Washington intrigue and politics, and the examination of the role of women in society and in the White House.”
―Hollywood on the Potomac
“The remarkable life and mind of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is both intriguing and mysterious. But Dr. Alma H. Bond dispels the illusions of this iconic woman’s life by threading fiction based in fact. Dr. Bond has read over 100 books about the widow of J.F.K. and has clearly become entranced and fascinated by the possibilities of such a unique human being as a character and narrator. Dr. Bond has crafted an enchanting narrator out of the idea of Jackie, teaching us facts about her very private life we may not know. Readers who know much about the former First Lady will enjoy this novel for its thoughtful interpretations of events and people they are familiar with, while readers new to many of the facts about this American icon will find themselves enamored with Mrs. Kennedy, searching out facts about this very private woman’s life. The voice of this narrator is so well done, it feels less like Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy laying on the psychoanalytical couch and more like Jackie O chatting it up over mimosas. The narration sucks you in, makes you laugh, makes you cry, but most of all, it makes you think. The scenes are vivid and dense, especially through the moments of John F. Kennedy’s death. It is a relatively quick read considering how much it covers. A page-turner and impossible to put down, Jackie O is a must read.”
―Baltimore Book Reviews
- Winner of the 2011 North American Bookdealers Exchange (NABE) Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Historical Fiction.
- Winner of Bibliophilia’s “Most Surprising Book (In a Good Way) of 2011”
- Finalist, Historical Fiction, 2012 International Book Awards
- Finalist, Historical Fiction Category, 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards