If You Ask Me

Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD40417
Released: Oct 09, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508276517
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Experience the timeless wit and wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt in this annotated collection of candid advice columns that she wrote for more than twenty years. In 1941, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on a new career as an advice columnist. She had already transformed the role of first lady with her regular press conferences, her activism on behalf of women, minorities, and youth, her lecture tours, and her syndicated newspaper column. When Ladies Home Journal offered her an advice column, she embraced it as yet another way for her to connect with the public. "If You Ask Me" quickly became a lifeline for Americans of all ages. Over the twenty years that Eleanor wrote her advice column, no question was too trivial and no topic was out of bounds. Practical, warm-hearted, and often witty, Eleanor's answers were so forthright her editors included a disclaimer that her views were not necessarily those of the magazines or the Roosevelt administration. Asked, for example, if she had any Republican friends, she replied, "I hope so." Queried about whether or when she would retire, she said, "I never plan ahead." As for the suggestion that federal or state governments build public bomb shelters, she considered the idea "nonsense." Covering a wide variety of topics-everything from war, peace, and politics to love, marriage, religion, and popular culture-these columns reveal Eleanor Roosevelt's warmth, humanity, and timeless relevance.

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Author(s): Eleanor Roosevelt
Product Number Z100140652
Released: Oct 09, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508276494
Author(s): Eleanor Roosevelt
Product Number EB00724647
Released: Oct 09, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9781501179815

Professional reviews

"During the early 1940s, in her last term as first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt began writing an advice column for a ladies' magazine, a vocation she continued for 20 years. This collection of her straight-talking answers to some of her readers' questions is narrated by Amanda Carlin in a sturdy matronly tone; the introduction and chapter preambles are smoothly presented by Cassandra Campbell. Carlin's voice doesn't necessarily resemble Mrs. Roosevelt's upper-class speech, but Carlin admirably represents the solemn, direct manner for which the first lady was known. She adds warmth to Mrs. Roosevelt's more empathetic answers--for example, advice to a girl who feels self-conscious about her appearance--and bold insistence when addressing Mrs. Roosevelt's passionate concern about equality. Her occasional forays into subtle humor are a delight. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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