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Shannon McKenna Schmidt


Shannon McKenna Schmidt

Shannon McKenna Schmidt is the author of THE FIRST LADY OF WORLD WAR II: Eleanor Roosevelt's Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back. She is also the co-author of NOVEL DESTINATIONS: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West and WRITERS BETWEEN THE COVERS: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads.

In addition, Shannon has written for National Geographic Traveler, Shelf-Awareness,, and other websites and publications, including an Arrive magazine cover story featuring President Bill Clinton. She has been a guest on "The Leonard Lopate Show" on WNYC and "The Travel Show with Arthur & Pauline Frommer," and has spoken at the New York Public Library, the Texas Book Festival, the Dallas Museum of Art, and other venues, including bookstores, libraries and historic sites.

From 2010 through 2017, Shannon traveled full-time --- first in the United States by RV and then backpacking around the globe. Now, when she's not on the road, she lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Shannon McKenna Schmidt

Books by Shannon McKenna Schmidt

by Shannon McKenna Schmidt - History, Nonfiction

On August 27, 1943, news broke in the United States that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was on the other side of the world. A closely guarded secret, she had left San Francisco aboard a military transport plane headed for the South Pacific to support the troops on the frontlines of World War II. Americans had believed she was secluded at home. As Allied forces battled the Japanese for control of the region, Eleanor was there on the frontlines, spending five weeks traveling, on a mission as First Lady of the United States to experience what our servicemen were experiencing...and report back home.

by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon - Nonfiction, Travel

Follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Jane Austen and many more. For vacationers who crave meaningful trips and unusual locales, cue National Geographic's NOVEL DESTINATIONS --- a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe.

by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon - Nonfiction, Reference, Writing

WRITERS BETWEEN THE COVERS rips the sheets off real-life love stories of the literati --- some with fairy tale endings and others that resulted in break-ups, breakdowns and brawls. From the best break-up letters to the stormiest love triangles to the boldest cougars and cradle-robbers, this fun and accessible volume reveals literary history’s most titillating loves, lusts and longings.