Throwback Thursday; My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

This book originally came out in 2011 and it was one of the many that I read on my Kindle back when everyone thought print was DEAD.  Well, as the saying goes, rumors of the death of print were greatly exaggerated and it is still with us!  Usually Throwback Thursday features a book review that I wrote several years ago when I read the book, but alas, I did not find the review for this one.  

There was a moment when a lot of nonfiction involved doing X for a year, and this book came out during that flurry.  If you look it up on Goodreads, you will see it gets a lot of shade.  Here’s the thing, though.  Eleanor Roosevelt has never gotten the respect she deserves and this book was the beginning of a re-examination of her as a historical figure.  Therefore, I love it, if for no other reason.

Is it gimmicky?  Sure.  Is the writer a little entitled and privileged? Yep, but let’s be honest, times were different in 2011 and people hadn’t yet noticed, or if they had noticed, they weren’t mentioning it. I liked this book a lot for the idea it proposed—doing things you are afraid of to conquer your fears.  Do things scared, because if we are honest, we all have to do that or else we would be homebound and never go out or do anything…wait…Covid…  :O

The point is, do something.  Live your life.  Do it scared.  You won’t stay scared.

Published by Robin Henry

Independent Scholar and Book Coach specializing in Historical Fiction and Literary Fan Fiction.

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