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“As juicy and enlightening as a page in Meghan Markle's diary.” (InStyle

“Presidential darling, America’s sweetheart, national rebel: Teddy Roosevelt’s swashbuckling daughter Alice springs to life in this raucous anthem to a remarkable woman.” (Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress)

A sweeping novel from renowned author Stephanie Marie Thornton....

Alice may be the president's daughter, but she's nobody's darling. As bold as her signature color Alice Blue, the gum-chewing, cigarette-smoking, poker-playing first daughter discovers that the only way for a woman to stand out in Washington is to make waves - oceans of them. With the canny sophistication of the savviest politician on the Hill, Alice uses her celebrity to her advantage, testing the limits of her power and the seductive thrill of political entanglements.

But Washington, DC, is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and when Alice falls hard for a smooth-talking congressman, it will take everything this rebel has to emerge triumphant and claim her place as an American icon. As Alice soldiers through the devastation of two world wars and brazens out a cutting feud with her famous Roosevelt cousins, it's no wonder everyone in the capital refers to her as the Other Washington Monument - and Alice intends to outlast them all.

©2019 Stephanie Marie Thornton (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"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 best-selling coauthor of America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton)

"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)

"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 best-selling coauthor of America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton

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  • vicki
  • 11-05-19

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Terrible book, unless you like network tv afternoon soap operas. Could have been a good story about an interesting woman, who lived in interesting times, surrounded by interesting people. Instead, we are given a silly little old woman, recounting a silly little life. It comes as no surprise Eleanor Roosevelt disliked the woman who is characterized in this novel. She had good sense.

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  • Deborah Weaver
  • 28-04-19

Great American Story

Loved discovering the real Alice Roosevelt Longworth. There is so much beyond her famous quotes

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  • REVIEWER
  • 17-05-22

Wonderful

The story, the historical representation, the narration are all excellent and heartwarming and sad. It is also insightful into American politics which seems like a huge family tapestry where sons follow fathers or meet future friends at college which all mesh into future political activities.

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  • Sherry
  • 31-03-22

Fascinating! Such a good novel!

This is one of the best novels I’ve read/ listened to in several years. It is well written and holds your attention throughout. The reading is exceptional, esp the accents and voices. I, too, am surprised no one wrote the story of Alice Roosevelt‘s life before. Fascinating!

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  • Patricia Harding
  • 26-01-22

Subject of book was just so disappointing!

Annoyed that author really whitewashed her relationship with Paulina before Paulina got married. ARL was a somewhat distant mother, always in competition with her daughter; dressing Paulina very plainly so that she would never outshine her mother and in reality Alice was more like a "Mommy Dearest" figure. It had to be hell for Paulina (BTW, mispronounced by the narrator since ALR pronounced her name "Poe-leena" instead of like "pall", which is odd since she was supposed to be named after the apostle Paul (whose name is definitely pronounced like "pall".) Just weirdly inaccurate for someone who did so much research on ALR. Glad there was some redemption in the end with ALR finally having a great relationship with her granddaughter after making such a mess of her relationship with her daughter. That was certainly satisfying to see that happen! N
It was not the author's fault certainly, but it was not enjoyable to read about such a narcissist and careless woman who I wouldn't have even cared to read about if she had not been Pres. T. Roosevelt's daughter. it WAS indeed amazing that the men in her life were all very well known contributors to American politics, but reading about ALR reminded me of what it would be like to read about Kim Kardashian years from now. ALR was more about privileged notoriety than a tale of a life well lived.

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  • Heather Venter
  • 12-10-21

What a story!!!!

I’ve listened to it twice- what a wonderful and remarkable life Alice seemed to live.

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  • rondalee
  • 11-10-21

Loved every moment!

LOVED IT!! Beautifully written, well researched, A JOY to listen to!! HIGHLY recommend!
This book draws you into the amazing life of Alice Roosevelt!
I couldn’t stop listening and am so sad it’s over!
What an extraordinary women, captured so well in the pages of this book!
Read it! It will inspire you. And you will wish you were friends with this monument of a lady!

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  • Connie McElfresh
  • 08-09-21

what a life lived.

What a life this woman must have lived, to be present in so many historical moments in her time. Life had to have been very hard for her but it's almost as if her father is telling her to buck up and handle it. I had heard of Alice but had never read anything about her. Am I glad I picked this book up on a whim.

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  • blueskieskat
  • 27-01-21

Great historical fiction

What a wonderful depiction of Alice Roosevelt Longworth's life story. I was sad when it ended. I could listen to tales of her escapades for hours on end.

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  • Dodi P
  • 13-01-21

Fascinating story

I had no inkling that the story of Alice Roosevelt could be so interesting. She made an impact on the social scene but she also made an impact politically. Historical fiction at its finest.