If You Ask Me

If You Ask Me

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Publisher's Synopsis

Experience the "heartwarming, smart, and at times even humorous" (Woman's World) wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt in this annotated collection of the candid advice columns that she wrote for more than twenty years.

In 1941, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on a new career as an advice columnist. She had already transformed the role of first lady with her regular press conferences, her activism on behalf of women, minorities, and youth, her lecture tours, and her syndicated newspaper column. When Ladies Home Journal offered her an advice column, she embraced it as yet another way for her to connect with the public. "If You Ask Me" quickly became a lifeline for Americans of all ages.

Over the twenty years that Eleanor wrote her advice column, no question was too trivial and no topic was out of bounds. Practical, warm-hearted, and often witty, Eleanor's answers were so forthright her editors included a disclaimer that her views were not necessarily those of the magazines or the Roosevelt administration. Asked, for example, if she had any Republican friends, she replied, "I hope so." Queried about whether or when she would retire, she said, "I never plan ahead." As for the suggestion that federal or state governments build public bomb shelters, she considered the idea "nonsense." Covering a wide variety of topics-everything from war, peace, and politics to love, marriage, religion, and popular culture-these columns reveal Eleanor Roosevelt's warmth, humanity, and timeless relevance.

Book information

ISBN: 9781501179808
Publisher: Atria Books
Imprint: Atria Books
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 220g
Height: 213mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 17mm