Christina Haag has written one of the rare books about John Kennedy, Jr. which tells us more about who he was without trying to "make " it a best seller through gossip and tattling. She knew him as a best friend as well as a lover and uses her experiences with him to give his life depth of meaning and fullness. We see, through her eyes, a young teen who grows into an unsure young adult who matures into a profoundly kind and sensitive man. He has humor as well as a temper, he has doubts as well as endless courage. She also treats his mother as a woman of grace and elegance, but a warm and empathic person---these two Kennedys, in particluar, don't usually get treated with such convincing courtesy. I have read all the Kennedy materials....I have only admired a few books. But I truly loved this one. Ms Haag can really, really write. She has a sophisticated style that seems effortless. She has years of journals which helped her recreate this love story, and I am so glad she did...
In a causal browsing through the Kindle offerings, I found “Come to the Edge: A Love Story” by Christina Haag and I am so glad I did. I have always enjoyed auto-biographies and memoirs. The really moving ones deal with not only the joys and successes of life but also the challenges and low points. Christina Haag’s recent memoir is such an example.
I have not read any book on John F. Kennedy Jr. somewhat intentionally. I am not generally drawn toward the sensational, gossipy, or any work which may pander to lowest levels of humanity. This reaction may be a typical critique of my generation who generally were taught to avoid being the subject of anything in public sans a wedding announcement. I happen to be two years older than JFK Jr. and one year younger than Caroline Kennedy. Consequently their imagines are imprinted in the photo album of my memory. While most of us enjoy the guilty pleasure of reading about the rich and famous, I was hesitate to read...
Christina Haag's memoir, Come To The Edge, A Love Story, is gripping and intimate, an American tale of life and love, an ongoing tragedy, an affair of the heart, an engrossing sharing of two minds, a best friendship, a gathering of family, a table of friends. Christina, a beautiful Juilliard actress, from Broadway to Shakespeare, to the big screen and television, is schooled in NYC with JFK, Jr, knows him well, attends Brown University with him, rooms with him, and later, loves with him. Through divine poetry and prose, through the tender and dreamy verse of a woman in love, she discovers herself, her needs, her gifts, her purpose. She learns what moves and drives her...and him. This is a book for everyone to fall into, winds to the currents, all bets off. No matter who you are, no matter what you think you may know of John, you never really knew him, not in the beautifully rich and dreamy way Christina did...and does. He is so much within and around her. You will fall in love...
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