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Notable: New biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Nancy Reagan and Wallis Simpson

By Colette Bancroft

Notable

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For Womenís History Month, hereís a look at new and upcoming biographies of three women who shaped the lives of powerful men.

Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill (St. Martinís) by J. Randy Taraborrelli is a dishy family bio that examines the ambition that drove Jacqueline Bouvier to the White House, and later to a second storied marriage.

Lady in Red: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan (Crown Forum, April) by Sheila Tate, who was press secretary for the first lady in the early 1980s, is a collection of anecdotes by an affectionate insider about Mrs. Reaganís life in and after the White House; with exclusive photos.

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy (Grand Central) by Andrew Morton, also Princess Dianaís biographer, brings new research to a lively life of the American divorcee and her scandalous relationship with the King of England, Edward VIII.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor