Cherie Burns is the author of the biography, Searching for Beauty—The Life of Millicent Roger, published by St. Martin’s Press in September of 2011. The Santa Fe New Mexican called the book “a fast-paced, insightful romp.” Burns’ previous books are The Great Hurricane: 1938, (published by Grove/Atlantic) and Stepmotherhood—How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out or Wicked (Times Books). Stepmotherhood has sold over 40,000 copies in the U.S., England, and Germany and remains in print after twenty years. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, People, Glamour, New York, Sports Illustrated, Constitution and other publications. She now lives primarily in Taos, New Mexico.
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SPEECHESSearching for Beauty:
Cherie discusses the subject of her biography, Searching for Beauty—The Life of Millicent Rogers . The legendary Standard Oil heiress and fashion icon left her mark on every decade of the first half of the 20th century from eloping with an Austrian count twice her age after her society debut to settling in Taos, New Mexico and popularizing southwestern style after a disastrous love affair with Clark Gable in 1947. Rogers was masterful at living the high life, setting standards for fashion and reinventing herself. Searching for Millicent Rogers:
Author Burns discusses the particular challenges of writing about a legend who lived around the world some fifty years after her death From Fairhaven, Massachusetts to Hollywood, California, everyone—including Rogers’s family-- seemed to have a different version of a woman who charmed them. Stepmotherhood:
Some thirty years after Burns first published the benchmark book Stepmotherhood—How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out or Wicked, stepfamily life still perplexes society characterized with divorce and remarriage. Burns reassures stepmothers that it is possible to survive the challenge and keep their sanity with levity, understanding, and self-knowledge. From Nantucket to Taos:
Burns talks about finding one’s way in life from New York City to Nantucket and landing in Taos, New Mexico. The quest for the “right” place to live and work after the children are grown drives many Americans who don’t want to stay where they are yet worry about making the move.
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