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Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery (Clarion Nonfiction) Paperback – April 14, 1997
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Of course, Eleanor and Franklin were never alone together. That would have been highly improper in those formal Victorian days. When Eleanor visited Hyde Park or Campobello, when she met Franklin in New York for lunch or tea, even they went riding in the Roosevelt carriage, a third person was always present. If a relative wasn't available, Eleanor's maid served as a chaperone (38).
These frequent explanations offer the reader a broader insight into time, describing the conventions of the era in order to later set Roosevelt's often unconventional views and activities in contrast. This treatment gives young readers a strong sense of why Roosevelt is worthy of special attention. The text is accompanied by more than 100 black and white photographs, both formal portraits and informal candid views of Roosevelt.Read more ›
As a young girl, Eleanor wanted to be a singer. But she was painfully shy, and a prominent overbite coupled with a receding chin made her homely, a fact which people in her family commented on regularly (one aunt wrote that "her mouth and teeth seem to have no future"). But in time she developed charm and poise, and attracted her handsome fifth cousin Franklin. Their marriage produced six children in 13 years (one baby died), and then Eleanor discovered that her husband was involved with Lucy Mercer, her own secretary. She ended their marital intimacy, and when Franklin agreed to end the affair, she agreed to maintain the marriage for the sake of his political career. That career seemed finished anyway after Franklin became paralyzed from polio, but with Eleanor's help, he went on to become Governor of New York and then president. After he died, Eleanor learned that he had resumed his contact with Lucy Mercer years before, and that Mercer had been with him when he died.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the first president's wife to hold a press conference and the first to fly in a plane; her accomplishments swamp those of any other First Lady. She lived to age 78, and died a much-beloved American icon.Read more ›
Every biography needs a hook. It's not enough to lay out the facts of a person's life and let them speak for themselves. Many times, a work examining a famous figure needs to go a little further. To find out what exactly made this person tick. Eleanor Roosevelt's life was not a common one, but it many ways it began ordinarily. Born to beautiful but distant parents, Eleanor struggled with her plain looks and her inordinate shyness from day one. Freedman is often in a position to demonize those people in Roosevelt's life that let her down, yet he never wishes to do so. Rather than actually say, "Eleanor's parents were negligent baboons", the author instead places the facts before the viewer. Examining them, we see that, yes, they were negligent baboons. But we have reached that conclusion on our own, without being told what to think. So goes the rest of Freedman's book. As she grows, Eleanor matures, finds strength in herself, and eventually becomes the best known (and most widely respected) first lady of the United States.
There are a few problems with the biography, though they are small. The book allows itself a small flourish occasionally. One example might be Eleanor's death scene, wherein the author supposes that the former first lady may have seen the image of her father upon dying.Read more ›
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I was really surprised by this book. I was expecting an average biography, but I was pulled in from the opening page. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susie
As a fan, still, of Eleanor Roosevelt, I was anxious to read her words and see how they would encourage this writer in her quest. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Goody Two Shoes
This is for a little older a child than the one I ordered it for, but it's a great introduction to Eleanor Roosevelt for a child of around 9 or 10.Published 11 months ago by Judith Schechter
Bought the book for my Mom. She liked it. She said it was very informative. Large print. She's an Eleanor Roosevelt fan.Published 13 months ago by ANTONIO R FONTECCHIO
Reading all the Newberry winners and this is one. Tried to read the whole book but wasn't in the mood for it. So skimmed part of it. Would be good for a biography school project.Published 17 months ago by Aunt Deb
This was interesting and easy to read. I enjoyed it as much as my middle-schooler did!Published 18 months ago by Kelly
This book offers meaningful insight into one of the great women of recent history. It is easy reading with complex content. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cynthia S. Prante