Mary Calvi at Harvard Book Store
If a Poem Could Live and Breathe:
A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt's First Love
in conversation with PAULA EBBEN
February 16, 2023
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes MARY CALVI—12-time New York Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor—for a discussion of her new book If a Poem Could Live and Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt's First Love. She will be joined in conversation by PAULA EBBEN—Peabody award-winning anchor for WBZ-TV.
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About If a Poem Could Live and Breathe
Studded with the real love letters between a young Theodore Roosevelt and Boston beauty Alice Lee―many of them never before published―If a Poem Could Live and Breathe makes vivid what many historians believe to be the pivotal years that made the future president into the man of action that defined his political life, and cemented his legacy.
Cambridge, 1878. The era of the Gilded Age. Alice Lee sets out to break from the norms of her mother’s generation. Women are fighting for educational opportunities and exploring a new sense of intellectual and personal freedom. Native New Yorker, Harvard student Teddy Roosevelt, is on his own journey of discovery, and when they meet, unrelenting currents of love change the trajectory of his life forever.
If a Poem Could Live and Breathe is an indelible portrait of the authenticity of first love, the heartache of loss, and how overcoming the worst of life’s obstacles can push one to greatness never imagined.
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