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Almost anything scares young Eleanor: mice, the dark, and a host of imaginary dangers. But she learns to hide her feelings - her father disapproves of fear, and she longs only to please him. She knows she will always disappoint her beautiful, socialite mother, because Eleanor is painfully shy and plain.

As a young debutante in Manhattan, she spends her days teaching needy children and touring crowded tenements. There, she makes a life-changing discovery that later enables her to redefine the role of America's first lady - being shy doesn't matter as long as she's helping others.

©1993 Russell Freedman; (P)1997 Recorded Books

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  • Connie
  • Christiansburg, VA United States
  • 04-24-08

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An amazing person who makes you want to become a better person youself. Very well written and a quick listen

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  • Agnieszka Sinno
  • 04-22-16

Inspiring and eternal.

I found the book really inspiring. The life of Mrs. Roosevelt and her transformation at the age of 40 is admirable. From gray little forgotten and betrayed woman she raised to the most powerful woman of her time despite the undermining of the man of her time.