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Sacred and Complex, Amy Bloom’s ‘White Houses’ Chronicles First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secret Affair

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One of the highlights of my year, thus far, was interviewing bestselling author, Amy Bloom about her new book, White Houses. Released in time for Valentine’s Day (February 13, Penguin Random House) with rave reviews from the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, White Houses is a love story about a complex affair steeped in our history between a First Lady and a woman— a journalist— that spanned more than three decades. Bloom’s novel is based on the real-life love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena “Hick” Hickok. This story about to women in love is wrought with obvious challenges given the times— when same-sex relationships and extramarital affairs were taboo.  Add substantial class differences between the women and therein lies a story…

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VIDEO: 15 Minutes with Amy Bloom: New York Times Best Selling Author Talks with BookTrib About Her New Novel, ‘White Houses’

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Watch our new author video interview, “15 minutes with… Amy Bloom” now! Here, we talk about her new novel , White Houses, how a First Lady overcomes challenges from her past to find love, and the many letters that inspired her writing.   You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by NetGalley, Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com. White Houses will be released February 13, 2018 by Penguin Random House. Read a preview of White Houses below:   ABOUT THE AUTHOR Author of two New York Times best sellers and three collections of short stories, a children’s book and a ground-breaking collection of essays. She’s been a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her…

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Reading up on the Roosevelts: Great books about the historic trio

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The lives of three of the most towering figures of the 20th century—and of American history—are on full display in Ken Burns’ latest documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. “No other family has ever touched so many lives,” the documentary tells us, and their stories have become the stuff of legend: Theodore, the sickly child who grows up to become the Rough Rider, storming into the presidency and defining America’s new role both at home and around the world; Franklin, the pampered son of wealth who overcomes crippling disease and rises to lead the nation through two of its greatest calamities; and Eleanor, who triumphs over her own fears and self-doubts to become a champion of the downtrodden, and perhaps…

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