Learning to See (E–pub/E–book) ê Elise Hooper

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 US 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 headed west during the 1930s transforming herself into an advocate and activist for the poor After World War 2 began Lange focused On The Japanese American

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Camps Exposing Japanese American internment camps exposing horrific conditions under which these poor people were placedDorothea Lange s photographs from the Great Depression era and the Japanese American internment camps are iconic and part of the fabric of our culture Hooper s novel brings the woman behind those photos to life including the sacrifices she made personally to bring about social change for those less fortunate I loved that Hooper includes some of Lange s photographs at the end of the book While I was familiar with some of them there were several I had never seen before and it was enthralling to pore over the photos and Hooper s caption for each photo Learning to See is a tribute to an important American whose humanitarian efforts shone a spotlight on the poor and later the incarceration of Japanese Americans The structure of the book is fabulous Hooper begins in 1964 as Lange has received a letter from MoMA about launching a retrospective of her work and then travels back in time to tell Lange s tale I cannot say enough ood things about Learning to See Elise Hooper has written a book that every American should read about an important person and era in the history of the United StatesListen to my podcast at for fun author interviews For book reviews check out my Instagram account Learning to See by Elise Hooper is a book of historical fiction about the Dorothea Lange 1895 1965 famed for her photos of migrant workers and the poor taken during the years of the Depression Later she came to document the plight of Japanese Americans confined to Resettlement Camps during the Second Word War You know the saying a picture speaks a thousand words Her photos capturing the humanity of those who have nothing actually do succeed in doing this I really loved this book455It 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 thing with my own high school aged kids in our homeschool We discuss the importance of images not only to preserve the real history of the time for us to see for ourselves but also as potential forms of subversion and protest and speaking outI never could have foreseen that years later a book like Learning To See by Elise Hooper would enter my bookish life I ve been a huge fan of Dorothea Lange s work for years learning from it using it to educate my children so when I Hindi Songs got the chance to read and review this book I leaped upon it Olympic style I have also read and loved Ms Hooper s previous book The Last Alcott so I had all ideas that I would love this one too And I didThe book begins when Dorothea Lange moved to San Francisco in the early 1900 s She lived among other artists and photographers so she was really fortunate to be present in a place where she could blossom as an artist herself She was ambitious for a woman during that time in America s history when women were most often still staying at home married and raising families Sheot her beginning as a portrait photographer and was really successful at that but she was fulfilled when she was out among the people roaming around taking the pictures that told the stories of what life was really like out in America for people that didn t have a voice particularly the folks trying to find work during the Dust Bowl era and Japanese Americans that had been relocated during the Second World War Her work was noticed and I mean noticed some of it was actually censored because of the truth she exposesNot only do I love the actual historical significance of Lange s work in this narrative I love what Ms Hooper has shared with us about her life Dorothea Lange lived during a time when women had expectations and roles in term. 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 eyesIn 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. .
Learning to SeeE of her sons was unforgiving for many yearsThis was Clearing a Space good once itot into the meat of the story about halfway through The background and the build up were long perhaps to facilitate the character development of Dorothea and her artist husband Maynard Dixon of whom I knew nothing The second half is definitely better than the first so don t Sikkim give up on it The ARC ends with somereat supplemental material including an interview with the author and some of Lange s photos This added much to my enjoyment Whoever said curiosity killed the cat had it all wrong Curiosity is What Gives That Nine gives cat nine Curiosity is the key to living creatively Curiosity I would think is the very makeup of a photojournalist s being Seeing something and being able to communicate it s basest meaning to the masses through a picture is very powerful LEARNING TO SEE by Elise Hooper is a call to action to those who feel moved by injusticeThis novel tells the story of Dorothea Lange a former San Francisco portrait photographer turned photojournalist and activist Her mission to tell others stories through photos began in the late 1920s and really took off with being a witness to the Great Depression the Areba Pareba great American migration West caused by the Dust Bowl and the Japanese internment camps from 1942 1945 Lange s commitment to those souls and the telling of their stories exacted uite a personal price from her and her loved onesI admired therit of Lange a woman with no role model or mentor but imbued with the determination to never uit no matter the cost I learned a lot from this particular historical fiction especially about the people with whom she was acuainted and friendly After finishing this book I m struck by the notion that today s social media influencers have the opportunity to use their individual followings much in the way Lange used her photography to document injustice and affect powerful change to help those in needI definitely RECOMMEND this book with 5 s Hooper meticulously researched Lange the ease of read and pacing of the story were just right The last few researched Lange the ease of read and pacing of the story were just right The last few included some of Lange s photos which I am sure 1 or 2 will be most definitely recognized by the reader This was such a treatMy thanks to Elise Hooper William Morrow and HarperCollins for my Giveaway copy to read in exchange for a shared review 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 readingREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION MASTERFULI count the author as one of my bookish friends and I m so Bookless in Baghdad grateful she entrusted me with review copies of her novels Her first title THE OTHER ALCOTT was a natural hit for meiven 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 The Legend of Parshuraam groundbreaking photographer Hooper writes historical fiction about fascinating women and does what so many other writers avoid writing the REAL woman Not a romantic fluffy version And that is everything to meI ll probably share a in depth review of LEARNING TO SEE closer to the 12219 pub date but for now just know it s fabulous fascinating and an intense look at United States in the 1920s 1940s Covering the Great Depression and internment of Japanese Americans it taught me so much 5 feminist starsIf you read thisenre pre order or reuest from your library now And you can read THE OTHER ALCOTT while you wait Elise Hooper is a writer whose talents at clarity and empathy bring out the humanity of her historical subjects Like her debut novel THE OTHER ALCOTT Hooper s LEARNING TO SEE is an intimate portrait of one of history s reat shadowed female artists photographer Dorothea LangeMost readers will be able to draw to mind the iconic Depression era image of the poor exhausted mother aze toward an uncertain future flanked by dirty children LEARNING TO SEE tells the journey of the woman who captured that image and hundreds like it We see a irl of courage and spunk become a life hardened woman of integrity and fire The images Lange captures through her lens inform her rowth her choices and the American publicHooper deftly balances the fascinating historical fabric of the novel with the personal life of its complicated protagonist What results is a vivid and deep story that will send the reader to the internet seeking Fans of Dawn Tripp s GEORGIA and Depression to WWII era historical fiction will be enthralled by Elise Hooper s LEARNING TO SEE I ive it my highest recommendation. Akes 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 ripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art activism and love But her choices came at a steep pric. .

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S of marriage and motherhood and even though she was incredibly driven and successful professionally she still carried the majority of the parenting duties In Lange s case marriage and parenting was particularly difficult I m not sure whether or not it would have been any easier had she been married to someone other than a famous artist like Maynard Dixon whose work is also amazing but these two had an interesting Their Language of Love go of it to say the leastI feel like it is important to say that this is a work of fiction but it is well researched and I feel like I was able toet a ood feel not only for Ms Lange But For Her Contemporaries And for her contemporaries and the time in which she was living Speaking of contemporaries there are so many cool people mentioned in this book So many people that Ms Lange crossed paths with and communicated with I think that s one of the neater parts about her story There is a part involving John Steinbeck and his incredible novel The Grapes of Wrath that sticks out in my mind LIKE WHOA because it is my top favorite classic novel I read this part three times and feel like I want to do a little bit research on this Certainly with the subject matter of many of Ms Lange s photos and also the subject of The Grapes of Wrath being similar in nature this interests me reatly But no spoilers hereI m just always in awe of women that lived during these times when their roles were so defined with so little wiggle room and yet are able to be so successful driven and productive Ms Lange contributed so much to society and history and we are still able to benefit from her work perhaps than ever before and I m just a huge huge fan of her work And this bookI highly highly recommend Learning To See by Elise Hooper for people that enjoy reading stories about women in history stories about art stories about the Depression era or the Dust Bowl era or even the period of time surrounding the Second World War Even though this book isn t really about the war itself Lange s work and what she experienced when she was out working helps to paint a picture of what the landscape of America was like during that time Dorothea Lange is a flat out icon and holy batman this story is just really really excellent I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Thank you William Morrow BooksFind this review and like it on my blog Into the Hall of Books 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 Benedict and Fiona Davis A powerful and timely view of America told through the lens of Dorothea Lange a fascinating woman whose photographs shone a light on the nation s forgotten and abandoned Learning to See is both a sweeping portrayal of the effects of the Great Depression and World War II and an intimate look at Lange s relationships advocacy and photography Detailed and thoroughly immersive Learning to See rips the reader and highlights an important period in American history 35 stars and my thanks to LibraryThingcom for the advanced copyPhotographer 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 ot my attention An independent portrait photographer she hired herself out to the US overnment when internment camps that ot my attention An independent portrait photographer she hired herself out to the US Tracking Globalization government whenot rough to document living conditions for migrants that officials in Washington DC had no way of knowing They both appreciated her talent and regretted her perseverance She wanted to show too much of the real truth while the overnment thought some things were better left unknown Once she began working at the internment camps she discovered illegal practices and deplorable living conditions people expected to live inside a horse stall for ONE AND SHE WOULD NOT BE UIET OR ACCEPTING and she would not be uiet or accepting it like so many others were at that time She had many of her negatives impounded destroyed and even now most exist only in the National ArchivesHer career enveloped her two marriages and made it impossible to care for her two sons at times not without tremendous cost Some of her decisions were uestionable but then I wasn t there during those war and poverty years so cannot judge too harshly On. 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

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