Loving Eleanor

Loving Eleanor

Large Print - 2016
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When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok -- Hick -- is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1932 campaign, the two women become deeply involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romantic passion, matures through stormy periods of enforced separation and competing interests, and warms into an enduring, encompassing friendship documented by 3300 letters. Set during the chaotic years of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Second World War, Loving Eleanor reveals Eleanor Roosevelt as a complex, contradictory, and entirely human woman who is pulled in many directions by her obligations to her husband and family and her role as the nation's First Lady. Hick is revealed as an accomplished journalist, who, at the pinnacle of her career, gives it all up for the woman she loves. Then, as Eleanor is transformed into Eleanor Everywhere, First Lady of the World, Hick must create her own independent, productive life.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2016
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410487377
1410487377
Characteristics: large print,rda
469 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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TSCPL_LissaS Nov 30, 2016

In 1962, an intimate memoir is penned in secret with instructions that it be sealed until ten years after the death of the writer—along with 3,000-plus letters she exchanged with Eleanor Roosevelt over four decades. Reporter Lorena “Hick” Hickok is assigned to cover Eleanor during her husband’s presidential campaign in 1932. Hick struggles to stay out of the story as she falls in love with Eleanor and helps create the public persona of the new first lady. For two passionate years, their private relationship is affected by Eleanor’s high-profile duties, the need to avoid media exposure, and FDR’s jealousy. The escalation toward war is neatly foreshadowed, with a historical backdrop of well-known people and events behind the envy, longing, disappointment, and hope shared throughout the lifelong bond between these two admirable women. A historical afterword separates deeply researched facts from fictional assumptions. Albert deftly writes in Hick’s compelling and opinionated voice and conveys an emotional vantage point that will resonate strongly with romance fans. The happy ending is not traditional. Rather it is found in Hick allowing herself to share her love story at all.

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Jul 04, 2016

A worthy historic fiction! Lorena Hickok, an ambitious female reporter, finds a place in Eleanor Roosevelt's life during a time when women were emerging in the 1930's. The author takes us through the relationship between the two at a time when FDR held four terms in office, the Great Depression was having it's affects, racism was rampant, and eventually Pearl Harbor was bombed, Hitler started his crusade, and the NY World's Fair was offering the future.
It's the telling of a story that has it's roots in balancing secretism and freedom to express love to a woman, ER, who was in the spotlight and committed to so much that she was called
The First Lady of the World.
Lorena Hick was an accomplished reporter and historic author and Susan Wittig Albert does an outstanding job to bring breadth to the telling.

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