The Henderson County Literary Club will meet Dec. 2, at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, Athens.

Nancy Lippincott Ashley of Dallas will be presenting “Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books.”

Her presentation is based on two books that give the reader insight into the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Jackie as Editor: the Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Greg Lawrence provides a fascinating window into an aspect of Jackie few of us know.

Lawrence shows how she found fulfillment and defined life on her on terms. In Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books, William Kuhn reveals Jackie’s life story through nearly 100 books she brought to print during the last two decades of her life.

We see how she commissioned books and nurtured authors.

These dueling books tell in chronological order her life as a literary editor. Here we have popular history, industry gossip, and literary exegesis.

Nancy Lippincott Ashley always presents great stories about great people written by great writers.

She is a reviewer with a passion for literature, American history, and culture. Born in Grenada, Mississippi, Mrs. Ashley was the only daughter among four brothers.

She earned a B. A. degree at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS.

She was elected “Miss MSCW” by the student body her senior year.

As a newlywed in Nashville, TN, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at Vanderbilt University and taught ninth grade English until their two daughters were born.

In 1980, Nancy moved to Dallas, Texas, where her husband Bill, now retired, was an international pilot and Check Airman for American Airlines.

For some 32 years Nancy served as a popular leader of Bible studies, church organizations, and world mission trips. She is also an active member of the Dallas Woman’s Club, the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, The Shakespeare Club, the Mentor Club, two dance clubs, The Calliope Club and Tres Jolie.

A current Regent of the Highland Park Chapter of DAR and Program Chairman of the Colonial Dames XVII Century, she is the mother of two married daughters: Anna and Nathan Clark have Katharine and Mackenzie in Denver, CO. Abby and Casey Ford have Brady and Ashley in Austin, Texas. When not working, Nancy enjoys water aerobics, bridge, reading and visiting her grandchildren.

A storyteller of unusual ability, Nancy Ashley has her audience laughing one minute and pausing to think seriously the next.

She takes you into the “conflicts of the human heart” that William Faulkner said was the only thing worth writing about. (Nobel Prize speech, 1950)

All are invited to attend this meeting of the Henderson County Literary Club for fellowship at 9:15 a.m. and speaker at 10.