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Nancy Rooks, in her own humble, simple way, tells what is was like to be around Elvis at home.

Nancy Rooks, in her own humble, simple way, tells what is was like to be around Elvis at home. The book is like a little collection of stories, (SPOILERS follow), from humor, like Elvis walking Lisa Marie's pony thru the house into his grandmothers bedroom, to his frustration, like when Elvis catches her putting him on a diet taking food off his plate as he watched from upstairs on the kitchen video camera, to his last day when she ran upstairs.

Inside Graceland book. Nancy Rooks was one of the Graceland staff who stayed on after Elvis Presley's death, helping take care of the house until the last family member who resided there (Elvis' aunt Delta) passed away. Rooks is an honest voice about what it was like to be an insider in the Presley household; her memories of Elvis are all fond, although she acknowledges that he could be very temperamental in his later days.

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Nancy Rooks, from her book Inside Graceland: Elvis’ maid Remembers. She did some of the cooking and then carried part of the food for me on a separate tray as the two of us made our way up the back stairs of the second floor and entered his bedroom. nancy rooks inside graceland: elvis' maid remembers priscilla presley book excerpt. He was pleasantly surprised when she entered the bedroom with me carrying part of his food. Nancy Rooks, from her book Inside Graceland: Elvis’ maid Remembers.

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Here is that picture, as painted by Nancy Rooks. Nancy worked for Elvis from 1967 until his untimely death in 1977. Read her stories of what those years were like, of what the routines were at Graceland, and what it meant to be close to Elvis and his family on a daily basis.

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If you wanted a picture of the life of Elvis Presley, who better to paint it for you than someone who worked as his trusted cook and maid at Graceland? Someone whose daily tasks centered around keeping the 'King of Rock & Roll' happy, whose every move was designed to please the greatest music legend the entertainment world has ever known. Here is that picture, as painted by Nancy Rooks. Nancy worked for Elvis from 1967 until his untimely death in 1977. Read her stories of what those years were like, of what the routines were at Graceland, and what it meant to be close to Elvis and his family on a daily basis. Read the sad account of her rushing upstairs, after a frantic call from Ginger Alden, and finding him on the bathroom floor. This book presents that picture, one that every Elvis fan will want to see.

Comments: (7)

elegant stranger
This is the most respectful biography of Elvis I've read out of the several I've purchased. It starts as Ms Rooks unexpectedly gets an opportunity to work at Graceland, and ends with the death of Elvis, decades later, surrounded by family, and his very dedicated staff of servants as well. 'Servants' is hardly the word for the dedicated, creative group who've spent decades working for and with family members during Elvis' creative years. Yet Ms Rooks makes no attempt to pretend altogether that she's family, always carefully describing the kind of intimacy she is and is not allowed to share with them. There were many unique experiences described in this book of the ever-evolving routines of the household, and an occasional self-indulgence on the negative side such as toward Colonel Parker for instance, who seemed to be almost universally unpopular with friends and family. On the other hand, her description of Elvis' father Vernon and his reaction to the death of Elvis' twin, was an unusually sympathetic and compassionate portrait of him as an emotionally warm, dedicated father she unreservedly liked.

The book was shorter than I expected - I wish it had been longer, because the tone was so appreciative of all things Elvis without being at all worshipful or tasteless. It provides some unique details, and a great deal of respect for a man she didn't mind affectionately calling the 'King' without losing perspective of his human needs.
Gavirgas
This book is more about Aunt Delta and Elvis's grandmother Dodger than Elvis. Nancy talks about her daily life as a maid at Graceland. Very little new information about Elvis. One new thing I learned in this book was that after Vernon died, Aunt Delta and Dodger were not happy with the commercialization of Graceland. At one point, Dodger was going to give an interview to the press on the front steps of Graceland but was talked out of it. Aunt Delta in particular was not happy with Priscilla after Vernon's death. One of the big problems I have with this book is her account of August 16, 1977. Nancy has placed herself in the bathroom as the first person to come upstairs after Ginger Alden called for help. Of all the books I have read, it was Al Strada and Joe Esposito that came upstairs first. I have never read in any book that Nancy was the first person upstairs. She also has a scene in the book from August 16, 1977, Ginger Alden is coming down the stairs crying and Vernon yells at her and tells her she is to leave and never welcome back at Graceland only to have 2 days later Ginger and her family riding in one of the limousines to the cemetery. That doesn't add up and if you read Ginger Alden's book, her account of what happened makes more sense. If Vernon truly banned Ginger from Graceland, why did he invite her back several times after Elvis' death? Why did Vernon give Ginger a Christmas gift December 25, 1977? Unfortunately, I think Nancy , like so many others connected to Elvis are just repeating a lot of gossip from people that hated Ginger and her family. Maybe some of them helped her write this book. Overall, the book is interesting if you want to learn more about Aunt Delta and what its like being a maid at Graceland.
Granirad
This feels really honest. Contrasts Ginger Alden' s book...and Lisa Marie's stories about staying in the home. In the end, I believe the maid rather than Ginger and Lisa Marie. I've read at least 10 Elvis books and this one really felt like one of the most honest ones out there. If you've read a ton about Elvis, this is a book that is a great finisher after all the others. Not a ton of anything completely new but it really brings you home to what Elvis at Graceland was like, stories about his spirit there after his death and the nuances of the home when you visit it, if you ever do. Although I'm sure there was so much more she could have said and knows (and I'm sure this is why Priscilla moved her out of the house eventually) it remains a very heartfelt story with truth at its core and in it's details.
Darksinger
Of all those cashing in writing books supposedly "knowing Elvis", (you know, like the "Memphis Mafia" and the other hangers-on who each described himself as Elvis' "best friend" and "go to guy" while living off his largesse), this is by far the best book on the simple daily life of Elvis, home at Graceland, that I've read. In-fact, none of the other books are very good; they're all rehash of the same stuff, and I've always followed Elvis.

Nancy Rooks, in her own humble, simple way, tells what is was like to be around Elvis at home. The book is like a little collection of stories, (SPOILERS follow), from humor, like Elvis walking Lisa Marie's pony thru the house into his grandmothers bedroom, to his frustration, like when Elvis catches her putting him on a diet taking food off his plate as he watched from upstairs on the kitchen video camera, to his last day when she ran upstairs to find him on the floor.

Nancy gives a good description of Graceland itself and tells how it evolved over the years before and after Elvis, and even tells of interesting things to look at on your next visit to Graceland, such as the ceiling overhead as soon as you walk in the front door, where you can still see damage repair from when Elvis "shot up" his toilet in his bathroom overhead causing water to flood the ceiling. (In-fact, I did the Graceland 360 Virtual Tour on Graceland's website and Nancy is right; look at the ceiling over the front door and you can still see the damage after all these years.) She even describes the others who lived in Graceland, like his grandmother, his Aunt Delta, the last occupant of Graceland, of Priscilla and Lisa's living there, how Ginger didn't really live there, Vernon and his second wife, whom Elvis kicked out, to Charlie Hodge living there - I had no idea so many were living there.

Overall, a very good book filled with tidbits of Elvis at home from someone who genuinely knew Elvis as he truly was, and someone who was a true part of Elvis family and who wrote this book in a sincere, humble manner in her own writing. Nancy also tells of supernatural events happening around Graceland following Elvis' death - something many of the others, including Lisa Marie, has alluded to.

A very good read, but as the others mention in their reviews, it's short. After she details the period surrounding Elvis death, she pretty much expedites all the years that follow in just a few pages, largely bypassing Graceland opening to tours, life with Aunt Delta during those years, her last days there before retiring, etc.
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Music
Author: Nancy Rooks
ISBN: 1413454771
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Music
Language: English
Publisher: Xlibris (March 23, 2005)
Pages: 152 pages