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 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...more
Photographer Dorothea Lange's most famous work is probably Migrant Mother taken in 1936 during the Great Depression, but it was her later work in the Japanese internment camps that got my attention. An independent portrait photographer, she hired herself out to the U.S. government when times got rough, to document living conditions for migrants that officials in Washington DC had no way of knowing. They both appreciated her talent ...more
It'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 ...more
Learning 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 ...more
Thanks to #WilliamMorrow #HarperCollins for my free copy of #LearningtoSee by Elise Hooper in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
"It takes a lot of practice to see things are they are, not as you want them to be." (P 121)
Learning to See is a fictionalized biography inspired by real life photographer, Dorothea Lange. We first meet twenty-two year old Dorothea in 1918 as she arrives in San Francisco with her best friend. Through wit and a determination to create her o ...more
I count the author as one of my bookish friends and I’m so grateful she entrusted me with review copies of her novels ❤
Her first title THE OTHER ALCOTT was a natural hit for me given the subject matter ~ Louisa May Alcott’s sister, Amy. However, I had never even HEARD of Dorothea Lange before reading LEARNING TO SEE and now I’m absolutely obsessed with this groundbreaking photographer. Hooper writes historical fiction about fascinating women and does what so many other writers avoid ~ ...more
It always brought wonder to me, seeing this image of a woman sitting with her children, hand to her face, looking forlorn, world-weary, bedraggled. I'd not heard much about the photographer until recently.
Learning to See is Elise Hooper's fictionalized account of Dorothea Lange's life, though it seems more like an actual biography. She based her story on documents, diaries, a ...more
Well-researched, this book has so much good detail. We get to see how Dorothea goes from a fledgling photogr ...more
I love historical fiction. It is a genre I hold close. The way Elise writes...based on true events is quite possibly my favo ...more
I read this EARC courtesy of Wm. Morrow and Edelweiss. Pub date 01/22/19
Historical or biographical fiction - whatever you want to call it - this one was done well with an impressive amount of research. I enjoy reading about artists and their choices especially when it comes to writers and photographers so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.
In 1918, twenty-two-year-old Dorothea Nutzhorn moved to San Francisco to make a life for herself. She opened ...more
This novel is about Dorothea Lange, a photographer who exposed the many social injustices occurring during The Great Depression and World War II. It depicts the struggle of an ambitious woman trying to support her two children at the same as confronting the inhumanitie ...more
From Dorothea Lange's photographic documentation of that era in time, we see her move forward, through the decades and her involvement in WWII, and the suffering of the Japanese who are imprisoned in internment camps.
She was a woman before her time, a woman who fought for social justice for everyone, no matter their background. Her steadfast concentra ...more
Hooper has imagined a full & furious life for Lange, who really did learn to see from behind a camera. She fought bravely against governmental indifference and censorship to help tell the true story of depression-era migrant workers and Japanese-American detention camps. She was a fierce lady, ahead o ...more
A new historical novel, Learning to See by Elise Hooper, imagines Dorothea Lange's life story using known facts and references. I was lucky to win an advanced copy from Early Readers/Li ...more
If you had asked me who Dorothea Lange was before I read Learning to See, I would have had no answer for you. And yet, her haunting photograph commonly called "Migrant Mother" is so iconic, I can see it in my mind's eye. Though she started out as a portrait photographer to the wealthy in San Francisco, the Great Depression and lean years that followed led Lange's career in a different direction.
As the economic collapse too ...more
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