The Larooco Log

June 2016 Product Web Exclusive

If you’re into historical novels, you'll probably want to check out "FDR on His Houseboat: The Larooco Log, 1924-1926," edited and annotated by Karen Chase. This fascinating novel covers the Jazz Age when Franklin Delano Roosevelt began suffering from polio and spent the winter months retreating to his new houseboat in the hopes that warm water and air would help him recover. From 1924 to 1926, Roosevelt explored the Florida Keys, fished, swam, entertained, and faced down engine mishaps, all while recording the day's passing events in the Larooco's nautical log. A fairly concise read at just over 200 pages, Chase includes Roosevelt's log entries and photographs from the world during the Roaring Twenties to contrast outside events with a glimpse of this famed man so rarely seen. You can look over exerpts on Chase's website here or find information on pre-releasing here. The novel will be officially released on November 1st.

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