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White Houses
White Houses: A Novel | Amy Bloom
The unexpected and forbidden affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok unfolds in a triumph of historical fiction from the New York Times bestselling author of Away and Lucky Us. I never envied a wife or a husband, until I met Eleanor. Then, I would have traded everything I ever had, every limo ride, every skinny dip, every byline and carefree stroll, for what Franklin had, polio and all. Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelts first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, Hick, as shes known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as first friend is an open secret, as are FDRs own lovers. After she takes a job in the Roosevelt administration, promoting and protecting both Roosevelts, she comes to know Franklin not only as a great president but as a complicated rival and an irresistible friend, capable of changing lives even after his death. Through it all, even as Hicks bond with Eleanor is tested by forces both extraordinary and common, and as she grows as a woman and a writer, she never loses sight of the love of her life. From Washington to Hyde Park, from a little white house on Long Island to an apartment on Manhattans Washington Square, Amy Blooms new novel moves elegantly through fascinating places and times, written in compelling prose and with emotional depth, wit, and acuity. Amy Bloom knows the urgency of love, wrote The Washington Post about Blooms acclaimed bestseller Away. The same could be said of White Houses, an unforgettable novel about the power of passion and the endurance of love. Praise for Amy Bloom Lucky Us Bloom is a great writer who keeps stepping into new territory, entirely unafraid. She is one of Americas unique and most gifted literary voices.Colum McCann Away A literary triumph.The New York Times A master stylist.Richmond Times-Dispatch
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kindergartenkat
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I best get listening! All these book holds came through Libby at the same time 😯
#bookfitnesschallenge #BFCR2 #booknerdherd

marleed Story of my reading life! 3mo
Caterina I LOVED listening to With the Fire on High!!! ❤️❤️❤️ I also have a bunch of audio holds in right now on Libby, and most of them have long waiting lists. 😂 3mo
kindergartenkat @Caterina I am really looking forward to With the Fire on High because I LOVED The Poet X. She's amazing on audio too. @marleed isn't that always the way with book holds? It's not like I put them all on hold at the same time or that they had the same wait times. 3mo
marleed I even closely manage my holds by suspending some, but still it seems when it rains, it pours! 3mo
BarbaraJean Oooh—enjoy With the Fire on High!! The audio was really good. I felt like it wasn‘t as good as The Poet X—but that‘s not really a criticism, because they‘re so different (and The Poet X was AMAZING). (edited) 3mo
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shaynarae
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This book was such a delightful read. I loved the simple, quiet story of Eleanor Roosevelt and her companion/lover Hick as 2 women in love throughout years of their lives and their differing personal situations. The extent of historical truth didn‘t matter to me at all; it was the light, airy, and sweet story of the 2 women that carried me along. #pridemonth 🏳️‍🌈

Soubhiville Beautiful photo! 3mo
shaynarae @Soubhiville Thank you! 3mo
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Samplergal
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#bookishbingo
White Houses: borrowed from a friend ( the library is my best friend)
The Secret Keeper: characters dance.

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Samplergal
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Mehso-so

Not a good week for great books. This just was bleh. Too many back and forths in places and time, from a reader who likes that style. #maymadness #Newtoyouauthor #3

TheReadingMermaid That sucks girl. But hey whenever you pick up a book it's always a 50/50 chance right? 4mo
Clwojick 😌Can‘t win em all! Maybe try a book from a favourite author next, just so you don‘t get in a reading slump. 😅 4mo
Samplergal @TheReadingMermaid I‘m usually better at picking books , but this story line was interesting to me as I had read a non fiction book on her affair with Hitch. This was weak. 4mo
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Dolly
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Mehso-so

I wasn‘t sure I wanted to read this after hearing the author on a podcast, but it was available and I needed an audio book. Mixing facts and fiction has always annoyed me and I rarely see the point. Being a facts OR fiction reader I like to know where the facts stop and the fiction starts. Made up conversations are particularly irksome. 🌟🌟1/2

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Cinfhen
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#TimbitTunes For any First Lady to have a lover would be scandalous but imagine a female lover and it‘s 1932! This is a fictionalized account of the 50 year love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and her longtime friend and companion Lorena Hickok (Hick) #LoversInADangerousTime
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Mehso-so

Well, I finished it. I powered through for the sake of the book club. Even though the writing is quite lovely, the vignette style and not-exactly linear time line made it difficult to connect to this story, based on these fascinating people.

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Working my way through my next book club book, and having trouble with the way this story is told. Almost stream of consciousness (which I hate), probably more vignette... anyone else? #probablyunpopularopinion

Sarahreadstoomuch My biggest gripe is that it‘s all but stalled my reading mojo. And I was on a good streak there. 7mo
Zelma Ugh, I hate stream of consciousness style. Pass. 7mo
Erofan Ah, those eyes! 💕🐶 7mo
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn't do it!! Got 2 out of 7 hours.🙄

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imabusybee
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During my walk today I swear its part wolf! #LitsyWalkers

DarcysMom Big dog! 8mo
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Kaye Wow ! Good job on walking 8mo
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imabusybee
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Going for a very long walk. #LitsyWalkers

RachelO Go, you! 😁 8mo
4thhouseontheleft 🎉🚶🏽‍♀️🎉🚶🏽‍♀️ 8mo
DarcysMom Woo! 👟👟👟👟👟 8mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Stunningly beautiful love story.
Bloom‘s writing is exquisite. The last few paragraphs were so touching, I actually sighed at the end.

CouronneDhiver How racy is this one? I‘m interested but I don‘t care much for graphic sexuality 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @CouronneDhiver None at all. No sex really described at all, really. That was the beauty of it. It was tender and beautiful. Warning - there‘s a rape scene early (a character backstory) but it‘s not graphic, if that‘s possible to say. 8mo
CouronneDhiver Thanks for sharing - stacked! 8mo
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Tamra I‘ve heard lots of good things about this one. 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Tamra I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it 8mo
Sarahreadstoomuch This is giving me motivation to stick with it. Thanks 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Sarahreadstoomuch 👍 Is it not working for you? 7mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘m trying too hard to make it work for a book club pick. I‘m into part 2, so I can anticipate the time shifts a little better....but I‘m really just trying to power thru it at this point. 7mo
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: This was a juicy take on the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. I couldn‘t get enough, but the end fell a little bit flat for me.

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eraderneely
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Mehso-so

This should be just my kind of book, but honestly I was just bored. It kept jumping around in time and I never really connected with the story. Shame.

Lola I felt the same way. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
eraderneely @Lola Sad. But glad to know I‘m not the only one. 12mo
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RidgewayGirl
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Beautifully written historical novel about Lorena Hickok and her long relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list!!!! 12mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Friday essentials.

Audiobooks ✔️
Earbuds ✔️
Caramel Macchiato ✔️

irre How do you like those earbuds? 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @irre I love them way more than I thought I would. They are so intuitive. They stop playing when you take one out and start again when you put it back in. They're pretty comfortable. So small. And they allow me to move around my office without being connected to my phone. They have great range. 13mo
Tamra My concern is losing them, especially for my husband. Is there a solution for that? Some kind of cord? (edited) 13mo
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irre Sounds great. I have Bluetooth once but they are big. I like that they stop playing if you take one out. 13mo
Notafraidofwords @Tamra I lost mind this week and I have been so utterly devastated that I can‘t even think too hard about it. They were a gift too. 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Tamra They come in a case but it's pretty small too. Tinier than a credit card. They don't have a cord. I have that concern as well but I tuck them in my purse the majority of the time and it hasn't been a problem. 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Notafraidofwords Ohhhh no. Do you think they'll resurface?! 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @irre Yes! Since I wear mine at work the stop playing feature is the best. 13mo
Tamra @Notafraidofwords nooooo! I suppose it might work best (at least for me & husband) if they are a designated set for a particular place and don‘t get moved much. 🙃 13mo
Notafraidofwords @Ashley_Nicoletto no. I went to a million places that day and I‘m sure someone found them and just kept them. 13mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Notafraidofwords That is so disappointing. 😭😭😭 13mo
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AlizaApp
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Imagining the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and the reporter Lorena “Hick” Hickok. Not a very positive portrayal of FDR, though it did feel very lived-in and realistic. I guess we‘ll never know what really happened, but I like this as a possibility.

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Bibliogeekery
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I really enjoyed this book! It's a fictional look (informed by much research) at the romance between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok (Hicks). It has a fly-on-the-wall feeling about the Roosevelt white house, which is interesting. It's also a beautifully written queer love story about a very public figure. A delightful read! #queerbooks

saresmoore I want to read this right now! 13mo
saresmoore Oh, hey, my Veruca Salt attitude paid off—it‘s available digitally through my library. 😊 13mo
Bibliogeekery @saresmoore 😂👍📚 13mo
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DimeryRene Ahhhhh! This is such a great quote. ❤️❤️ 13mo
Bibliogeekery @DimeryRene isn't it? 13mo
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pgh.femme
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This novel of the real life relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena “Hick” Hickok is a lovely mix of romance, wit and history. It‘s the perfect length to satisfy without bogging down. I adored it.

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Bibliogeekery
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A devotion that makes sex look like a short swim in a shallow pool. 😍

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Bibliogeekery
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Waiting room at my neurologist - at least the wait time provides an opportunity for more reading!

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Bibliogeekery
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Morning cottage reading on the holiday Monday!

TheKidUpstairs Gorgeous! 13mo
BookishMe Oh MY! the green soothing BLISS 13mo
Mdargusch What a great way to start the day! 13mo
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BookishTrish I love this photo 😍😍😍 13mo
Nebula_of_Books Love the coffee mug 13mo
Zelma That is just a perfect and cozy looking spot to read! 13mo
CouronneDhiver I have that cup too 😊 13mo
Blaire That looks like my idea of a perfect morning. 13mo
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Bibliogeekery
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"we think - oh, we will never remember these northern lights, but we do."

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Bibliogeekery
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Next up! Helen Humphreys suggested that I read this book so I'm really looking forward to it! #queerbooks

Lindy I was impressed with this and I hope you are too. 😊 13mo
Bibliogeekery @Lindy glad to hear you liked it! 13mo
pgh.femme I started this one this morning 13mo
Cathythoughts I have this on my TBR. It sounds really good. Looking forward to your thoughts 👍🏻 13mo
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melissajayne
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Pickpick

I was quite surprised, despite the good reviews I had heard about the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

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melissajayne
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Seems like history is repeating itself.... #24in48

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melissajayne
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First book for #24in48

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melissajayne
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Time for some vacation reading

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Lindy
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A warm, fictionalized account of the love affair & longtime friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt & Lorena Hickok, who first met in 1932, when Eleanor was 48 & Hick was 39. I loved that it‘s about passion between women in their middle-to-later years. It‘s in Hick‘s voice & I also enjoyed the view into a larger lesbian world as she experienced it during her lifetime. Love, loyalty & social justice. #Audiobook narrated by Tonya Cornelisse. #lgbtq

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CGeorge
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I was drawn to the portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in this. It was interesting to read her as Eleanor the love interest, rather than just Eleanor the do-gooder.

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Cinfhen
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#HeatOfJuly #IKissedAGirl I read this book earlier this year, an historical fictionalization of the friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt & her assistant Lorena Hickok. I‘m crazy about the cover ♥️While this was a quick and easy read, something was missing. A solid three star #BorrowNotBuy

GatheringBooks this has been on my radar for awhile now. sad to hear that it didn‘t live up to expectations 🤗 1y
Bloomingjen I agree with all of this 1y
Cinfhen Thanks @Bloomingjen it‘s still worth a read @GatheringBooks it‘s just not a MUST read 1y
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Mdargusch Such a great hashtag! #borrownotbuy. 👍🏼 1y
Cinfhen Thanks @Mdargusch I think it‘s true for soooo many books 😜 that‘s why I love the library 1y
SledgeReader @Cinfhen @Mdargusch 😀loving the #!!!! 1y
Reviewsbylola I ended up returning this to my library unread. Too many reviews like this for me to make room for it. 1y
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Jeg
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Heard this author on the radio and it sounded like something I‘d like to read. Read some not so good reviews but lesson learnt , don‘t read reviews or at least don‘t take too much notice .
I enjoyed this book. I sat in the winter sun today and read it in one go.
It is fiction but I‘d love to think it‘s even partly true. Really loved the last page.
@MrsMalaprop

CarolynM I liked it a lot too, but I'm a certified Amy Bloom fan 1y
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Lindy
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In bed, we were beauties. We were goddesses. We were the little girls we‘d never been: loved, saucy, delighted and delightful.

#lgbtq

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ablachly
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Quite a beautiful love story—full of imperfection and humanity and sentences so delicious I want to copy them all down.

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟 This was an interesting historical fiction on the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. I still have “Eleanor & Hick” on my TBR shelf and look forward to drawing a comparison between the two.

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Kmmsellers
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I picked up a hold at the library yesterday and saw this book was available, too. I‘ve been wanting to read it. I‘m really enjoying it so far. It‘s a lovely cover, too. 💕

Reviewsbylola I got my copy the same way. I haven‘t decided if I‘ll actually read it. 1y
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charl08

You are not just my port in the storm, which is what middle-aged women are supposed to be looking for. You are the dark and sparkling sea and the salt, drying tight on my skin, under a bright, bleaching sun. You are the school of minnows we walk through. You are the small fishing boat, the prow so faded you can hardly tell it's blue. You are the violet skies, rain spattering the sand until it's almost mud, and you are the light to come.

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rmaclean4
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Mehso-so

I found the writing cluncky at times. It felt like the author was trying to fit in a history lesson rather than tell the complicated love story between these two women. When the book focused on the relationship between Hick and Elinor I really enjoyed it. The ending is the strongest writting of this historical novel. #pridemonth

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rmaclean4
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Next audio book. Listening on Scribd.

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JennyM
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#readingresolutions

Nestled quietly in the trees is my #bookandnature. Despite some pretty meh reviews, I‘m enjoying this so far.

CarolynM I liked it too. 1y
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For Eleanor, lovemaking had everything to do with a commingling of souls. She felt this way about all happy couples—that joyful sex had come their way because of their love and when the sex faded away, their love would burn even brighter, because the source of the fuel was now high, not low. I don‘t care why the light burns. ⬇️

WanderingBookaneer I think that even if yo uare both old ladies riding side by side on the Second Avenue subway, with one of you going home to three grandchildren and a doddering husband, you can lock eyes, and remember when you weren‘t. ⬇️ 1y
WanderingBookaneer You remember that very pleasurable and surprising thing that was done to you by the wrinkly old bag of bones next to you and you breathe in memory the weight and the mortality and the sensible shoes are just costume, falling away, and your real selves rise up, briefly, dancing rosy and naked, in the middle of the subway car. 1y
Soubhiville That‘s sweet. 1y
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Jules7 Sometimes as an aging adult, I find myself torn between wanting to grasp for my youth or embrace my new reality. These quotes are beautiful, yet sad. Now I must read the story. 1y
Paula3 💖 1y
CarolynM Love this quote! Loved the book too 1y
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Bailedbailed

The subject matter should have been interesting:the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. I quickly became bored by this book. The sex bored me, however, I kept hoping for a more interesting story. What took me out of this book was one small detail: a radio. I checked to see when first radios were produced. After that I checked sources about other aspects of the novel and at that point I simply couldn't continue.

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Mehso-so

This book is a fictionalization of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena (Hick) Hickok. The focus of the book is mainly on Hickok - her terrible childhood and her strength and resilience in making her way in the world. My only issue is that the book reads like a long monologue by Hickok. While her story and her relationship with Roosevelt are interesting, the format was not as enjoyable for me. 3⭐️

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rustoryhuf
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It‘s a beautiful day in SW Georgia, with an expected high of 86 degrees. Everyone else is asleep except the doggos and it‘s time for me to start a new book! Eleanor Roosevelt was strong woman, with a touch of mystery about her. Think I‘m going to like this book! Happy Monday #Littens.
PS, my friend @alannagoolsby gave me the plant on the left for my birthday. If you‘ve not followed her, do so. You‘ll not be sorry.

Eggs Beautiful photo 1y
rustoryhuf @Eggs Thank you! 1y
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bkshopgrl
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Quite perfect..and a bit sad...