Learning to See

Learning to See At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning Dorothea Lange creator of the most iconic photographs of the th century dares to be different Now in this riveting new novel

  • Title: Learning to See
  • Author: Elise Hooper
  • ISBN: 0062686534
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different Now, in this riveting new novel by the author of The Other Alcott, we see the world through her eyes

    In 1918, a fearless twenty two year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to

    At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different Now, in this riveting new novel by the author of The Other Alcott, we see the world through her eyes

    In 1918, a fearless twenty two year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon

    By the early 1930s, as America s economy collapses, her marriage founders and Dorothea must find ways to support her two young sons single handedly Determined to expose the horrific conditions of the nation s poor, she takes to the road with her camera, creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era And when the United States enters World War II, Dorothea chooses to confront another injustice the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans

    Learning to See is a gripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love But her choices came at a steep price

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    • Elise Hooper

      Although a New Englander by birth and at heart , Elise now lives with her husband and two young daughters within stone skipping distance of the Pacific Northwest s Puget Sound When she s not writing, she s in her classroom making American history and literature interesting for high school students Follow Elise on Instagram to see of what she s reading elisehooper



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    • Learning to See tells the story of Dorothea Lange s extraordinary life and her efforts to expose severe social injustices during the 1930s and 1940s Lange spent the early years of her career in San Francisco as a portrait photographer After her marriage begins to crumble and the U.S economy collapses with the onset of the Great Depression, Lange must find a way to support her two young sons She begins to travel around California capturing images of the Dust Bowl migrants and others who heade Lea [...]


    • I had never heard about Dorothea Lange before I read this book, but the blurb intrigued me I love reading about women who were brave enough to follow their dreams and LEARNING TO SEE is definitely a book that is worth readingAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION


    • I really loved this book 4.5 5It s so, so funny how life works out sometimes When I was in high school, my AP US History teacher of all time my favorite teacher of all time often started class by showing us iconic images and then facilitated critical thinking discussions about what we were seeing, what may have led the photographer to take the photo, etc etc He used many of Dorothea Lange s photographs and they have been cemented in my brain throughout my life, which led me to do the same th I r [...]


    • In 1918, photographer Dorothea Lange leaves NYC and heads to San Francisco, eager to make a name for herself She soon meets and falls in love with Maynard Dixon, an extremely capacious natured painter Throughout her time there, she meets fellow artists like Frida Kahlo, writers and numerous talents Faced with the relenting desire with trying to capture the true picture of the times, she find herself struggling between work, marriage and motherhood This fascinating tale is for fans of Marie B In [...]


    • A massive thank you to Elise Hooper and William Morrow for my ARC of LEARNING TO SEE This novel tells the story of photographer Dorothea Lange, a woman I knew very little about, and I absolutely loved learning about her This story is so beautifully written, full of historical detail and engaging characters and environments, all as real and vivid as Dorothea s photographs some of which are included at the end of the novel, which I appreciated SO much Dorothea Lange was such a driven and insp A ma [...]


    • I knew the photography of Dorothea Lange but little about her personal life so I was glad to be given the opportunity to readLearning to See by Elise Hooper.Hooper s novel offers an accessible narrative of Lange s life from her point of view Lange s childhood polio left her with a limp from a deformed foot She established a successful portrait photography career until the Depression when her work dwindled With two children and an artist husband, Lange had to give up her studio to work for the I [...]


    • I received a giveaway copy from for a review This book is about Dorthea Lange although it is based on a real life person the author writes a book of fiction about the real Dorthea Lange she imagines by collecting facts about the photographer what her life may have been like Dorthea Lange was a prize winning photographer Her most famous pictures were from the depression era, the dustbowl migrants and in the forties when she visited internment camps that housed the Japenese citizens I received a g [...]


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