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This is My Story

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  95 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published 1939 by Garden City Publishing Co.
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eleanor Franklin writes a story about her early life up through post-WWI and when her husband first fell ill with Polio. It's an interesting account of her upbringing, her education, her early married life, and her becoming an independent socially educated woman. I felt sorry for her while reading about her childhood, which Eleanor describes as being ignored by her mother and extended family members because she wasn't pretty or intelligent. In addition, she was looked at as clumsy, awkward and u ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a graceful book, right from the opening line. She's honest in the best way, without being hurtful, but with an insightful approach to herself and those around her. I wrote down a thousand quotes from this book. Who is like her today?
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
This was a hard book to locate. It cost around $100 to buy it, and I went to 3 libraries before I was able to read a copy. It is Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography, written at age 40. Here are my disjointed thoughts:

(1) One has to give a large leeway when reading this book. Mrs. Roosevelt was very candid for the time (1930's), although some of her large confessions are not even an afterthought in today's world. There was such a large melting pot of immigrants, so diversity was everywhere. However
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book. Eleanor Roosevelt was way beyond her time. I think she might have even inspired me to start journaling. There are many life lessons that I've gleaned from this book and it was a quick, easy read to boot.
Tove R.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic
This autobiography could have been so much better, but Mrs Roosevelt seems to have written it for herself. It is filled with things I believe only a few people would be interested in. The book is filled with sentences like "In May we moved to Albany with servant A and B. In September we moved back to New York, and got new servants C, D, and F. In October we went to Montreal and I met Mrs G and Mrs H. In December we had Mr and Mrs I's child J with us." I have never read a book with so many exclam ...more
Susan Albert
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In its time (written in 1936), a surprisingly candid & revealing memoir of ER's childhood, courtship and family years, through FDR's illnesss and her entry into politics. Ends in 1928, when FDR becomes governor of NY. Written at Lorena Hickok's urging to define herself to her public and to earn money, most of which ER used to bail her children out of various scrapes. This is the book on which most ER biographies are based.
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Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating insight into one of the heroes in my life.
Jean Corrigan
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
An inspiration - a life well lived
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It was okay, I really liked learning about her life. It can be easy to assume that popular figures never faced trials, but she certainly did and she didn't always know what to do and went through years of awkwardness, but eventually got involved in a lot of good causes, I believe with great intentions. I learned a lot from her example in this book, but it is a little rambling.
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, she continued to be an internationally prominent author and speaker for the New Deal coalition ...more
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