Learning to See

Learning to See

Elise Hooper / Jun 19, 2019

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: 293
  • 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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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 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 internment camps exposing the horrific conditions under which these poor people were placed.Dorothea 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 good 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 States flag 26 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 04, 2018 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it Shelves read 2018 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 flag 18 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 30, 2019 Asheley rated it it was amazing 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 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 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 out.I 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 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 did.The 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 She got 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 exposes.Not 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 terms 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 go of it, to say the least.I 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 to get a good feel not only for Ms Lange, but for her contemporaries and for 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 greatly But no spoilers here I 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 book.I 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 Books Find this review and like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books flag 11 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 KC rated it liked it Shelves arc, historical thriller, photography, parenting, family, family drama, girl power 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 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 flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 08, 2018 Gabriella The Novel Nook rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 inspiring woman, and I loved getting to know her and meeting the artists, creators, and other famous people who surrounded her throughout her life Imogen Cunningham, Maynard Dixon, and Frida Khalo, to name a very few I thoroughly enjoyed this work and highly recommend it flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Nancy rated it really liked it 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 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 Farm Security Administration.Using her portrait experience, Lange created iconic photographs that recorded the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the misery of farm migrants During WWII she was employed by the Office of War Information to document the internment of Japanese Americans.Through Lange s eyes, readers experience the human suffering of poverty and systemic racism.Lange s marriage to her first husband, artist Maynard Dixon, was strained Her extensive traveling meant leaving her sons and the book addresses her son s anger and acting out While photographing for the OWI she worked with Paul Taylor who became her second husband.Famous photographers appear in the story s background, including Ansel Adams.The novel is inspired by Lange s life Hooper offers a woman filled with doubts and remorse while facing up to the authorities who repress the photographs that too honestly recorded atrocities and the forgotten.Lange s life as an artist and a woman will enthrall readers.I received a free ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Lori rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction 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 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 Dorthea Lange was famous for her pictures because she managed to catch people in their situations that opened up for conversations The author includes some of dorthea s famous pictures I found the book an interesting one to read flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 21, 2018 Chanel Cleeton rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves historical fiction 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 grips the reader and highlights an important period in American history flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Carol Reading Ladies rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, netgalley and other arcs 4.5 stars 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 4.5 stars 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 own life far from her home in the Northeast, Dorothea takes a risk to open a portrait studio and marries an older independent artist, Maynard Dixon Dorothea s portrait studio is well established and provides a steady and dependable income for their growing family of two children when the economy collapses in the 1930s This puts tremendous strain on an already fragile marriage and Dorothea desperately seeks out ways to support her two young sons and a drunken, disillusioned, and out of work husband As Dorothea s portrait business suffers in the economy, she begins to take pictures of the poor and desperate people on the streets of San Francisco In addition, she travels throughout California and the Southwest documenting labor conditions on farms, and she gradually realizes that these pictures are meaningful than what she produces in her portrait studio because her pictures from the streets and fields are telling a true story of the economic hardships that people are facing Later, the United States enters WW11 and Dorothea accepts jobs photographing the internment camps into which the Japanese have been placed Not everyone appreciates seeing the truth of these pictures and she is censored, threatened, and discouraged This doesn t deter Dorothea from her travels, her photographs, or her purpose There s a dual timeline running through the story which allows the reader to know Dorothea at the end of her life The extensive research that went into the telling of this story is evident Not only is there an abundance of historical facts and descriptive details which enable readers to feel like they are experiencing life in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, but the author also puts a great deal of effort and thought into building a case for the possible motives that inspire Dorothea to take certain actions I had a difficult time accepting the decision Dorothea made for the care of her children, but the details in the story left me with a reasonable ability to understand Dorothea s actions Certainly, some important themes include the plight of working mothers in that time, the hardships of the depression, marriage to someone that is not a full or dependable partner, loyal friendship and support from other women, making difficult decisions to follow your dreams passions and accepting the consequences of that decision, taking risks, the effects of childhood experiences on adults, and character traits of pioneers Dorothea Lange is remembered today for her photography work and her indomitable spirit I think you ll enjoy the historical setting and this imagined story of her life behind the facts Throughout the story, the title of Learning to See takes on multiple meanings As an artist, Dorothea is not afraid to photograph what she actually sees and not what others want or expect to see As a mother and wife, Dorothea sees or intuits the emotional help her troubled son needs, and she also sees the truth of her marriage to Maynard Dorothea sees injustice and has a vision for meaningful work, and she is willing to take the risks to follow her passion despite the sacrifices She is not afraid of hard work or activism, and perseveres in spite of obstacles I was a photographer of people men, women, and children who worked, suffered, rested, and loved I lived for the moment when time slowed, when I could capture an expression or gesture that communicated everything I needed of those moments If I was going to give up my family, every second needed to count The sacrifice had to be worth something bigger than me p 179 I love stories of real women, and even though Dorothea might not be the most well liked character, I m highly recommending Learning to See for fans of well written and extensively researched historical fiction, for readers who are looking for a story of a strong, independent, and pioneering woman, and for those who want an engaging page turner Learning to See is nicely paced with well drawn characters, and some readers might want to know that it includes some romantic details It would make a good book club selection because of interesting discussion topics.Pub Date January 22, 2019For reviews visit my blog readingladies flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Kate Olson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves adult reads, advanced reader copies MASTERFULI 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 MASTERFULI 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 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 1.22.19 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 stars.If you read this genre, pre order or request from your library now And you can read THE OTHER ALCOTT while you wait flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Homeschoolmama rated it it was amazing Shelves early reviewers I remember years ago seeing Dorothea Lange s famous photograph Migrant Mothertp 100photos.time photos doro 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 like an actual biography She based her story on documents, diaries, a I remember years ago seeing Dorothea Lange s famous photograph Migrant Mothertp 100photos.time photos doro 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 like an actual biography She based her story on documents, diaries, and documentaries Some of the details were undoubtedly changed, but that is often the case with memoirs and biographies Dorothea Lange was an interesting person to write about She was a woman ahead of her time, who ventured out in a field dominated by men As a young woman in her early twenties, she traveled with a friend to San Fransisco, only to find herself stranded without money or family , and made a way for herself She opened her own portrait studio She married twice, had two children, and traveled to different areas to capture photos of people Lange wanted above all to expose truth She saw herself as an activist Her photos were her way of showing what was really going on in the far corners of the world And so she snapped candids of migrants, of Japanese families in internment camps, of soldiers, children.Hooper does a great job of telling Lange s story It s almost as if she interviewed Lange herself I liked the way Hooper included imagined dialogues, between Lange and her husband, her friends and her sons She doesn t insert any moral judgments either.At the end of this particular edition, an ARC, there is an afterword which summarizes briefly the end of Lange s life There is also an interview with Hooper, a note on her sources, a reading group guide and some of Lange s photos Delightful read I m curious to learn about this remarkable woman and her art.So far this is very good Received an ARC from librarything Looking forward to reading this flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 21, 2018 Meredith Jaeger rated it it was amazing review of another edition A beautiful portrait of the life and activism of Dorothea Lange San Francisco during Lange s early career in the 1920s is particularly vivid I learned so much about Lange and her Depression Era photography than I already knew from the famous portrait Migrant Mother A wonderful book for fans of historical fiction, strong female protagonists and book clubs Highly recommended flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Meg A Bookish Affair rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, fiction, historical fiction 4.5 stars Learning to See is a fictionalized story of great American photographer Dorothea Lange Even if you don t think you know her name, you probably know her work She is best known for some of the work that she did capturing people in difficult circumstances during the early to mid part of the 20th century This book gives a great picture of what Lange was like behind the scenes Well researched, this book has so much good detail We get to see how Dorothea goes from a fledgling photogr 4.5 stars Learning to See is a fictionalized story of great American photographer Dorothea Lange Even if you don t think you know her name, you probably know her work She is best known for some of the work that she did capturing people in difficult circumstances during the early to mid part of the 20th century This book gives a great picture of what Lange was like behind the scenes Well researched, this book has so much good detail We get to see how Dorothea goes from a fledgling photographer to a very sought after photographer, well known for her work As she is starting her career, she meets the volatile artist Maynard Dixon and starts a family I really appreciated her meditations on the difficulty of having a successful career especially during a time where this was just not something a woman did and balancing it with a family Dorothea feels pulled in a million different directions and wants to find a way to make it all work.I really liked the writing in this book The descriptions are wonderful We get to see the action through Dorothea s eyes, which I thought was super effective in pulling me far into the book This is a little hard to explain but I thought the author did a really good job of moving us through the highlights and lowlights of Dorothea s career and her personal life Lange feels like a friend I loved getting to know the back story behind some of her most iconic work This book is a great tribute to her flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Amy TheSouthernGirlReads rated it it was amazing review of another edition For me the need to research when I finish a book based on a real life person is a testament to an amazing book Learning to See did that for me When I closed the book I needed Wiki to the rescueI was able to immerse myself in the life of Dorothea Lange even I loved this book Elise is an amazing storyteller The amount of research is absolutely staggering I love historical fiction It is a genre I hold close The way Elise writesbased on true events is quite possibly my favo For me the need to research when I finish a book based on a real life person is a testament to an amazing book Learning to See did that for me When I closed the book I needed Wiki to the rescueI was able to immerse myself in the life of Dorothea Lange even I loved this book Elise is an amazing storyteller The amount of research is absolutely staggering I love historical fiction It is a genre I hold close The way Elise writesbased on true events is quite possibly my favorite I have a story saved in my highlights on Instagram about the book specificallywatch it In the meantime Put this book on your TBR for January 22 If you are a historical fiction fan, you will not be disappointed If you want to read something she has out nowread The Other Alcott flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 16, 2018 Lynn rated it really liked it review of another edition An account of the life of Dorothea Lange which touches only briefly on her most famous photograph, Migrant Mother Instead, Dorothea is personalized as a wife and mother, supporting her husbands emotionally and financially.I read this EARC courtesy of Wm Morrow and Edelweiss Pub date 01 22 19 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Lisa Duffy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Gorgeously written with exquisite historical detail, Learning to See is a fascinating tale of one remarkable woman s life Told with the same precise prose and terrific nuance as her stunning debut, The Other Alcott, Elise Hooper proves once again that she s a masterful storyteller flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 25, 2018 Jenni Walsh rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves historical fiction One of the reasons why I enjoy fictional memoirs is because I often find parallels or a certain level of relativism, even in a different person s life, place, and time This familiarity and plausible storyline often draws me in And, Dorothea Lange s storyline definitely drew me in I knew very little about her when I began Elise Hooper s sopho novel, but I felt a kinship while reading The following surfaced as my favorite line sentiment from the uncorrected galley The prospect of not cha One of the reasons why I enjoy fictional memoirs is because I often find parallels or a certain level of relativism, even in a different person s life, place, and time This familiarity and plausible storyline often draws me in And, Dorothea Lange s storyline definitely drew me in I knew very little about her when I began Elise Hooper s sopho novel, but I felt a kinship while reading The following surfaced as my favorite line sentiment from the uncorrected galley The prospect of not challenging myself creatively left me desolate, yet ambition felt like a curse Dorothea was determined, independent, compassionate, and passionate I m glad I now better know her place in history, told through Elise Hoopers well crafted words For all those historical fiction fans out there, this is a must read flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 29, 2018 Kim McGee rated it really liked it review of another edition Dorothea Lange, the famous photographer, was lucky her money got stolen that day and she and her friend ended up staying in San Francisco She went from starting as a portrait photographer to pay the rent to become one of this country s leading artistic activists of the Depression Era and beyond She wasn t the greatest wife, mother or possible friend but she made up for it in her determination to show the world the injustice in front of them through her stark photos This is a riveting portrait Dorothea Lange, the famous photographer, was lucky her money got stolen that day and she and her friend ended up staying in San Francisco She went from starting as a portrait photographer to pay the rent to become one of this country s leading artistic activists of the Depression Era and beyond She wasn t the greatest wife, mother or possible friend but she made up for it in her determination to show the world the injustice in front of them through her stark photos This is a riveting portrait of a woman ahead of her time, who refused to sit by and make pretty pictures when the poor and ill treated had nowhere to turn and no one to speak for them My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Janelle She Reads with Cats rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, 2019, to be reviewed Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours, William Morrow Books, and the author for my free copy of LEARNING TO SEE 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 Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours, William Morrow Books, and the author for my free copy of LEARNING TO SEE 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 a successful portrait studio, changed her name to Lange, fell in love with the capricious painter Maynard Dixon, they got married, and had two children When her marriage splintered and the economy collapsed, she opted to take her work outside to travel around California to capture the dire conditions of migrant workers and the homeless She became a humanitarian, an advocate, and humanized the people she photographed When WW2 started, she documented the interment of Japanese Americans and the horrific conditions they were subjected to She sacrificed for others and her photographs are still important to this day.Dorothea Lange is someone I d briefly heard of but really knew nothing about I had no idea she was such an advocate during the 1930 s and 40 s Her story comes to life on the pages and shows us the human being behind the iconic photos Hooper put her heart and soul in this novel and it shows with flying colors flag 9 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Kelly McCord rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 4.5 s Elise Hooper is quickly becoming one of my favorite historic fiction authors In this book and her previous, The Other Alcott, she takes a historic figure and with an enormous amount of research builds a story around themThis 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 4.5 s Elise Hooper is quickly becoming one of my favorite historic fiction authors In this book and her previous, The Other Alcott, she takes a historic figure and with an enormous amount of research builds a story around themThis 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 inhumanities of this difficult time period She is forced to make difficult decisions as a wife and motherI will pick up anything Elise writes Her novels are incredibly readable and I trust them to be backed by thorough research flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Lorri rated it really liked it Learning to See, by Elise Hooper is a book that transported me back to post WWII, and the events that defined America s poverty stricken citizens 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 Learning to See, by Elise Hooper is a book that transported me back to post WWII, and the events that defined America s poverty stricken citizens 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 concentration and devotion to humane causes can not be overlooked.I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story line.I was given a LibraryThing Early Reviewers copy of this book flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Gabrielle S rated it really liked it review of another edition One of the Pop Sugar prompts is to read a novel based on a real person This fit the bill and also had the advantage of being a novel about someone who I didn t know anything about I found it to be engaging and Dorothea Lange had a fascinating life flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Meredith rated it liked it Shelves 2019, fiction, historical, historical fiction, non fiction, ww2 3.5This book started off very slow, but picked up about 1 3 of the way in It s an interesting and easy read about Dorthea Lange flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Margie rated it really liked it review of another edition What a timely story, with unavoidable parallels to tragedies underway today It s about Dorothea Lange, who until now most of us really only know through her famous photograph Migrant Mother 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 What a timely story, with unavoidable parallels to tragedies underway today It s about Dorothea Lange, who until now most of us really only know through her famous photograph Migrant Mother 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 of her time, who struggled with the conflict between the demands of family and the call of her true passion The poor gal really needed good child care, but don t we all A terrific book club choice for historical fiction fans flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 v rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, american history, favorite authors, historical fiction, memoirs, womens fiction Thank you Elise Hooper and williammorrowbooks for this copy to review 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 Thank you Elise Hooper and williammorrowbooks for this copy to review 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 took a toll on America, Lange and her husband, painter Maynard Dixon, found demand for their art drying up To support her family, Dorothea started photographing the conditions of America s poor, which led to employment with government agencies The Dust Bowl in the 1930 s led to farmers abandoning their Midwest farms and migrating west to work on fruit and vegetable farms Lange photographed the horrific conditions in the migrant camps Her photographs at times assisted the migrants in receiving relief from the government to prevent starvation During WW2, she fought to photograph the appalling conditions suffered by Japanese Americans in internment camps She spent weeks on the road covering many miles despite being disabled from polio and suffering from ulcers.The author has Dorothea narrate her own life story, bringing this fascinating woman to life in a very sympathetic way At a time when having a career and a family was an anomaly, Dorothea was determined to have both Unfortunately, her career came at a high price and forced her to make some very difficult decisions She saw her love of photography as not just an art form, but a means of activism Lange s photography defined and recorded a dark period in American history that might otherwise have faded from recollection After reading this, I found myself visiting the Library of Congress website to view many of her amazing photos I highly recommend this one Its written in such an engaging manner, that its hard to put down Dorothea is flawed and yet so inspiring in her compassion to the plight of the poor and oppressed I m so glad this novel brings attention to her work for a new generation flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Melissa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction I come from a long line of amateur photographers, so I ve long been familiar with the real Dorothea Lange s work Reading a fictionalized version of her life, then, was something I was eager to do Having read and enjoyed author Elise Hooper s freshman outing, The Other Alcott, I was familiar with her crisp, no nonsense style, one that makes her extrapolations feel like proper docu dramas In this case, I imagined Katharine Hepburn playing the lead character, though I m not sure why Possibly be I come from a long line of amateur photographers, so I ve long been familiar with the real Dorothea Lange s work Reading a fictionalized version of her life, then, was something I was eager to do Having read and enjoyed author Elise Hooper s freshman outing, The Other Alcott, I was familiar with her crisp, no nonsense style, one that makes her extrapolations feel like proper docu dramas In this case, I imagined Katharine Hepburn playing the lead character, though I m not sure why Possibly because Lange is from the time period that lends itself to that trans Atlantic accent.I immediately fell in love with both the historic San Francisco setting, and the character at the heart of the novel, the prickly, feisty, determined Lange herself Like her, I m a brunette, and hardly a looker, and have had to rely on brains and talent as we all should, really , so I empathized with her a lot Immediately I was thankful that she was living in a time when women in trousers was finally acceptable how much easier to hide that withered right leg that way.Of course, it wasn t just Lange s struggle to become successful as an artist that intrigued me, but also her perspective on the world She humanized the American poor, and, equally importantly, turned her lens on our worst selves, documenting the truth of the internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II.Hooper s novel shows us this, of course, but she also lets us see Lange s private self the young mother struggling to raise two children in the Depression era economy, and balancing the need to make a living with the innate requirement that she must retain her own sense of integrity, both personal and artistic.This is a novel, not a biography, but it s a compelling and fascinating read, and where it may err in facts, it resounds with truth.Goes well with bacon, eggs, pancakes, and a steaming mug of black coffee flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Lynn rated it liked it Shelves giveaways, reviewed I received an Advance Reader s Edition of Learning To See by Elise Hooper through a giveaway on This review is my honest opinion.I have mixed feelings about this book It is a fictionalized memoir, the story of her life in first person with her thoughts and emotions as imagined by the author Since I didn t know much about her life before reading the book, I was left wondering which parts were fact and which parts were added by the author to make the story dramatic, as I am after I received an Advance Reader s Edition of Learning To See by Elise Hooper through a giveaway on This review is my honest opinion.I have mixed feelings about this book It is a fictionalized memoir, the story of her life in first person with her thoughts and emotions as imagined by the author Since I didn t know much about her life before reading the book, I was left wondering which parts were fact and which parts were added by the author to make the story dramatic, as I am after watching a movie biography While I found it to be an easy way to learn about her life, I didn t feel entertained enough to justify choosing this fictionalized account of her life instead of a straightforward, facts only biography of Dorothea Lange I guess I just didn t feel enough attachment to the narrator The book does a good job at conveying the difficulties she faced as a working mother during the Depression and beyond, and the tough choices she had to make as a wife, mother and businesswoman I found it odd, however, that events later in her life were just briefly mentioned, such as the death of her first husband, with no details whatsoever Wouldn t a memoir that chronicled the ups and downs of their relationship and its effect on her life also include how the news of his death affected her and their sons And we never hear about her younger son as an adult, only the troubled relationship with her older son The end of the book felt rushed to me, and a bit unsatisfying Overall, though, I am happy to have read it and learned about Dorothea Lange flag Like see review Jan 15, 2019 Stacy McCain rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves gtgr arc 4.5 stars LEARNING TO SEE by Elise Hooper was a very interesting piece of historical fiction centered around the amazing photographer, Dorothea Lange I love photography and always loved the picture of the Migrant Mother without knowing much about it I loved that it was 80 years ago and she still managed to capture so much feeling in a black and white photo And I loved the woman in the photo for being the pillar for her family when things were so hard it s just a big inspiration in many wa 4.5 stars LEARNING TO SEE by Elise Hooper was a very interesting piece of historical fiction centered around the amazing photographer, Dorothea Lange I love photography and always loved the picture of the Migrant Mother without knowing much about it I loved that it was 80 years ago and she still managed to capture so much feeling in a black and white photo And I loved the woman in the photo for being the pillar for her family when things were so hard it s just a big inspiration in many ways for me.The book itself is well written and contains a lot of dialog done at the author s discretion There are times you admire Dorothea for her resolve and times you criticize her selfishness as a mother You grow up with her as the novel continues and try to see history through her eyes and her lens My favorite part of this book is how she captured the impact events have on people with her photographs and how she inserted herself into history by not excusing it and never giving up hope that she could help somehow It took me longer to read this book than it should have because I kept stopping and looking up a photo online or some historical moment she referenced The part of the book about the internment camps after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor was the hardest to read and sparked a deep interest to learn about this part of our history, however ugly it was I loved the ending and look forward to reading her other novel, The Other Alcott.I received an Advance Review Copy of this book All opinions are my own flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Jan Priddy rated it did not like it Shelves dnf No Not worthwhile The author seems less familiar with her subject than with what she wants to make of her subject I do not believe the subject is accurately portrayed in her thinking and reasoning, the objects of her fretting and fussing did not ring true The story is novelized that is, the author tells a story about real people as if she were inside their head and aware of motivation and emotion One reader labeled it historical fiction The portrayal seemed an amalgam of several women ph No Not worthwhile The author seems less familiar with her subject than with what she wants to make of her subject I do not believe the subject is accurately portrayed in her thinking and reasoning, the objects of her fretting and fussing did not ring true The story is novelized that is, the author tells a story about real people as if she were inside their head and aware of motivation and emotion One reader labeled it historical fiction The portrayal seemed an amalgam of several women photographers of the period, notably Berenice Abbott Portraying the interior life of any artist is fraught with risks The most common mistake I find is writers assuming what the artist would notice A musician literally notes the key in which a bird sings A photographer notice light, always light the direction, the hue, the direction of shadows None of this is captured The character thinks about clothing but does not notice the play of sunlight on a beloved s cheek Dorothea Lange was a great photographer and a great American She deserves letter There are, in fact, other and perhaps respectful bios around I was certain I d written a review, but it is not here Perhaps that is why I did not post a review, not wanting to trash someone s hard work I thank the publisher for a free, early copy in return for my honest review flag Like see review Dec 28, 2018 Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways So many historical fiction novels right now seem focused on Europe in World War I and World War II Elise Hooper takes a refreshing angle on the genre by telling the story of Dorothea Lange, a photographer who throughout her career did portrait photography in San Francisco in the late teens and twenties and then moved into controversial subjects the faces of the Depression in California and the Japanese interned by Order 9066 during World War II Dorothea is a complex and imperfect person So many historical fiction novels right now seem focused on Europe in World War I and World War II Elise Hooper takes a refreshing angle on the genre by telling the story of Dorothea Lange, a photographer who throughout her career did portrait photography in San Francisco in the late teens and twenties and then moved into controversial subjects the faces of the Depression in California and the Japanese interned by Order 9066 during World War II Dorothea is a complex and imperfect person but Hooper is exactly on point to include these details, as it makes her novel almost seem like an autobiography instead of a novel based on historical facts There are times where you can t help but despise Dorothea as a mother as she increasingly justifies leaving her children behind for her job and the damage it does to the kids to have their parents leave them behind But you also see a complex person who regrets these decisions and refuses to back down to men and the government when they try to tell her what type of person she should be and what type of work she should do While the end of the book feels a bit rushed, overall this is a fantastic book about an indomitable woman during some of the most difficult times of our country in the past century flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent 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        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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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 [...]


    7. 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 [...]


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