LIVING WITH THE KENNEDYS:
THE JOAN KENNEDY STORY
by Marcia Chellis
Simon & Schuster; 240 pages; $17.95
Joan Kennedy was once the nation's leading candidate for Wronged Woman of the Year. Long-suffering, she stood by her husband during the dark hours of Chappaquiddick. Although her marriage was deteriorating, she loyally stumped for Teddy during the 1980 primaries. It was not easy to stop being a Kennedy: the family exerted a powerful gravitational force.
As this sad biography shows, the perks were lavish but the emotional cost prohibitive. Joan, an upper-middle-class girl from the suburb of Bronxville, N.Y., paid for her real...