The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle: A moving memoir of life in the late 20th century

Published: Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:00
Written By Andrea Kempf, Contributing Reviewer

“Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Recovered Life (A Memoir)” by Maggie Kneip. (Garden Street Books, 2015).

As a young woman, Maggie Kneip aimed for a stage career. She studied dance in college and moved from her Jewish family in Philadelphia for a career in New York where she discovered that she was spending more time waiting tables and pouring drinks than actually performing. Then she met John Andrew. He was an editor on the Wall Street Journal, charming, handsome and everything she was looking for in a mate. They married, despite the disapproval of his father for choosing someone who was Jewish. They had a daughter Carolyn and then a few years later, a son, Daniel. However, within a few weeks after Daniel’s birth in 1990, John collapsed, both physically and mentally. It wasn’t a temporary illness. Maggie eventually guessed what was happening. John had AIDS. The doctors’ tests proved her right. John died within a year...

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Suddenly, within 9 months, her husband was dead of AIDS.

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December 15, 2015 - WESTPORT -- "I think shame is a very destructive sentiment," said Maggie Kneip, author of the memoir "Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered Life", published in November through Kneip's own Garden Street Books. "It doesn't get you anywhere. It makes you feel bad about yourself, simplistically, and I didn't want to live that way anymore."

Maggie speaks with Marilu Henner

11:15AM (PST) – Maggie Kneip, author of “Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered Life”

Maggie Kneip is a veteran of the publishing industry, with a career spanning twenty years as a publicity and marketing executive at Bertelsmann, Scholastic Inc., and Abrams Books. Known for her innovative marketing plans and spectacular events, Maggie regularly amplified stories by, about, and for women throughout her career. She won the 2002 Scholastic Exceptional Marketing Award for an annual reading initiative she created called “Read for 2000”: classrooms all over the world read at the same time for 2000 seconds (33.3 minutes).

Maggie also appeared on NBC’s Today in 2008 with author Gail Sheehy and psychologist Dr. Dale Atkins in a segment addressing the importance of women pursuing deferred goals. When not championing women, working at a non-profit, writing, running, and slipping in a dance class, Maggie can be found performing as a singer at Manhattan clubs like the Laurie Beechman Theater and the Metropolitan Room.

Maggie graduated with degrees in English and theater from the College of William and Mary, and received a master of fine arts in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and has two grown children.

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