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American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt Hardcover – Large Print, July 10 2019
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"Epic in scope and rich in immersive detail, American Princess is a compelling and poignant tribute to one of America's most colorful, unconventional, and trend-setting women. Highly recommended read!"--Laura Kamoie, New York Times bestselling coauthor of America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton
"A fascinating account of the life of the daring and adventurous Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Brimming with political history, scandal, and insight into some of America's most influential figures, American Princess is a must-read for historical fiction fans."--Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana
"Thornton skillfully brings to life the incomparable and unapologetic Alice Roosevelt, whose scandalous life was at the center of American politics for nearly a century. Fast-paced and written with verve and sass, this book is a treat and a treasure for history lovers. Fabulous!"--Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling coauthor of America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton
"Skillfully woven and impeccably researched, American Princess brims with scandals, secrets, and the complexities of love in all of its wondrous, maddening forms. A vividly imagined portrait that mesmerized me from the first page to the last."--Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Lost
"The wild, wonderful, outsize personality of presidential daughter Alice Roosevelt is on full and fantastic display in this lightly fictionalized take on her unapologetic, unconventional life....Alice herself would undoubtedly have loved this take on her unorthodox life--as will the many destined to read it."--Publishers Weekly
"An absorbing portrait of a woman who lived life on her own terms."--Booklist
"Witty and poignant, chock full of secrets and scandals and richly researched, American Princess has everything you could want in historical fiction."--Renée Rosen, bestselling author of Windy City Blues
"Stephanie Thornton's sparkling new novel captivates from page one. This intimate portrait of Alice Roosevelt follows America's favorite first daughter from wild young debutante to Washington DC grand dame and delights every step of the way."--Alix Rickloff, author of The Way to London
"I loved reading about how this no-holds-barred woman took the country, the world by storm. Her life spans many of the important events and people of the twentieth century, from World War I to the assassination of J.F. Kennedy. A completely satisfying, mesmerizing, read."--Jeanne Mackin, author of The Beautiful American
"With graceful prose, Thornton paints a lively portrait of the indomitable Alice Roosevelt--socialite, writer, and president's daughter.... A rich and compelling read, American Princess is one I won't soon forget."--Heather Webb, international bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of WWI
"I fell in love with Alice Roosevelt's voice.... Thornton has successfully created an endearing, unforgettable female figure.... American Princess, is a powerful, mesmerizing historical novel, destined to be shelved as a classic!"--Weina Dai Randel, author of The Moon in the Palace, 2017 RWA RITA(R) Award Winner
About the Author
- Publisher : Thorndike Press; 1st edition (July 10 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 718 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1432862979
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432862978
- Item weight : 1.63 kg
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 3.18 x 22.23 cm
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I knew nothing about Alice Roosevelt and this book showed her to be a woman ahead of her time. Spanning her life she was a force to be reckoned with, she did things her way whether they made sense or not. I loved her spunky attitude, fierce loyalty, and determination with no qualms about taking a stand. But if you got on her bad side, she didn’t keep that a secret either.
Alice is only 17 when introduced here with the author drawing from historical events and actual documentation. American Princess is a fascinating story of the life of Alice Roosevelt, her crazy escapades both at home and abroad made for an entertaining read. Definitely a book and author I highly recommend.
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Alice Roosevelt was a woman who fascinates, but you're not sure why. My grandmother, who was a young woman, when Alice was making history, used to mention Alice to me as someone she liked to read about along with Jenny Churchill and Anne Lindbergh.
This book reveals why Alice captured the headlines in her time. Beautiful, headstrong, fashionable, influential - thought of as an American Princess. Daughter of an American President and wife to the Speaker of the House. Alice is someone you could have envied.
This book shows why you might not. Her life began in tragedy when her young mother died a few days after giving birth to Alice, and Teddy Roosevelt handed off Alice to his sister for two years while he fled west. When Teddy remarried, Alice never felt part of the new family.
Alice felt in the way, abandoned, unloved most of her life. This book depicts how Alice might have felt about all of the circumstances of her life and is written in the first person.
Tragedy upon tragedy entered her life: alcoholism, infidelity, childlessness for many years, early deaths of family members, lack of options for independent and strong women among others. I won't describe them in detail, as it's more interesting to read, I think, not knowing what to expect.
Alice's voice in this book is young, girlish, a trifle spoiled and self-centered. As the author consulted Alice's autobiography, it's probably pretty accurate. At the end of the book, the author tells about the few liberties she took with the facts to streamline the book. None of them were consequential.
While Alice had some advantages such as being able to live in the White House, taking a few exotic trips, being a celebrity in her time when celebrities were few, being able to meet the leading figures of the day, living in D.C. and the summer house in New York, there were disadvantages, too. Disadvantages such as not attending college and having career options, marrying young and not making the wisest choice perhaps because of immaturity.
What I enjoyed about this book were the historical insights it offered such as Alice calling FDR a "feather duster" and seeing him as rather weak and not presidential who used T.R.'s last name to ingratiate himself with the public although he was very different than T.R. and of a different political party.
The book also highlights Teddy Roosevelt as a father, and the other historical figures around him: Taft, Harding, Woodrow Wilson, Eleanor Roosevelt and others.
I didn't realize that Teddy Roosevelt was shot giving a speech once, and talked for another 90 minutes before going to the hospital! It was enlightening to learn that the Longworth Building in D.C. was named after Alice Roosevelt's husband Nick Longworth.
The book is equally plot-driven and character-driven. Alice's force of personality comes through its pages. While Alice is fairly likable, you realize because of her sheltered life, she seems shallow compared to women who have had to survive by their own wits. Alice always seemed to have money to go where she wanted and do what she wanted. The author didn't get into how exactly Alice supported herself through the years.
Who paid for the houses and the trips?
But as this book covers about 90 years of Alice Roosevelt's life, it doesn't go deep. The events come at you fast and furious. It primarily revolves around Alice's relationships - her love life, family and friends. It's an interior view of the woman.
It is easy to read, and a fun introduction to Alice Roosevelt if you're looking for something novel-like which chronicles the events of Alice's life and her reaction to them.
Stephanie Thornton did a remarkable job of fitting most of Alice Roosevelt’s long life into the story. While reading, I was often struck by how modern Alice’s sensibilities seemed. It would be really interesting to hear her perspective on the current state of American politics if she were alive today!
But the story also effectively showcases her moments of vulnerability, and passion. Alice was clearly an extraordinarily complex woman. She certainly had a determined spirit and a willingness to live life on her own terms. The best kind of heroine to read about!