The Extraordinary Mrs. R: A Friend Remembers Eleanor Roosevelt

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Chapter 8
Celebrations…
and Memories

READING ALOUD at picnics and special occasions, and above
all in the evening after dinner, was a cherished tradition of
Eleanor Roosevelt’s. One of the few entertainments available to
families in the Victorian era in which she had grown up, it
remained a beloved ritual that was especially memorable around
the fireplace in the dark of winter
.

WHAT A SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT it was when upon occasion, after dinner at Val-Kill Cottage, Mrs. Roosevelt could be induced to read aloud. More usually it would be in late fall or winter. We’d gather by the great stone fireplace, our attentive faces lighted by the flames, and the periodic explosive crack of the wood added its seeming participation.

Favorite passages would be repeated over the years as though we could not have enough of them, an ever fresh nourishment. From John Brown’s Body by Stephen Vincent

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • A Note to the Reader xi
  • Prologue xiii
  • Chapter 1- An Invitation to Tea 1
  • Chapter 2- Mrs. Roosevelt Comes to Dine 17
  • Chapter 3- At Home in New York City 45
  • Chapter 4- At Hyde Park 59
  • Chapter 5- First Lady of the World 91
  • Chapter 6- The World Comes to Call 105
  • Chapter 7- A Fondness for Young People 121
  • Chapter 8- Celebrations… and Memories 131
  • Chapter 9- Discovering Mrs. Roosevelt 149
  • Chapter 10- Discovering FDR 161
  • Chapter 11- Always a Democrat 199
  • Chapter 12- Friendship 217
  • Chapter 13- Saying Good-Bye 243
  • Index 251
  • About the Authors 257
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