I’m fascinated by the Kennedys’ charm and accomplishments, and I have read a few nonfiction books about the family. For certain, Eunice is a stand out. 

Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the WorldEunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 empowered, emboldened stars to Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Prior to reading this book, I familiar with Eunice Shriver’s enormous contributions to society on behalf of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, creating the Special Olympics, among many others, but this book quickly illuminated all of Eunice’s accomplishments, her strength of character, her passion in advocating for individuals with disabilities, and her love and devotion for her family.

I read a nonfiction book a couple months ago about Rosemary, Eunice’s sister, who had an intellectual disability and had a very difficult time obtaining schooling tailored to her needs, and Eunice’s book had some overlap with family backstory, while clearly focusing on Eunice’s perspective.

Eunice grew up in a male-dominated family, and she was often limited by her father (and society) in what she had access to as a female, but she forged ahead, accepted challenges, and made her own destiny based on her strong faith and family values.

Bottom line, Eunice’s life was fascinating, empowering, inspiring, and I can’t imagine living in a world where her contributions had not laid the foundation for a more accepting society for individuals with disabilities.

Thank you to Eileen McNamara, Simon Schuster, and Netgalley for the ARC. Eunice is available now!

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