Learning to See

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 At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photograph...

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Title:Learning to See
Author:Elise Hooper
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0062686542
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Learning to See Reviews

  • Chrissie
    Feb 28, 2019
    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 C...
  • ☮Karen
    Feb 01, 2019
    3.5 stars and my thanks to LibraryThing.com for the advanced copy. 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 po...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Jan 28, 2019
    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 t...
  • Susy
    Mar 03, 2019
    I found this historical fiction account of Dorothea Lange's life as a photo journalist (before the term was created I suspect) fascinating. She arrived in San Francisco en route to a planned world tour only to have those plans cancelled when her travel funds were stolen. She uses her...
  • Homeschoolmama
    Jan 01, 2019
    I remember years ago seeing Dorothea Lange's famous photograph Migrant Mother. http://100photos.time.com/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 he...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Oct 04, 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 reading. READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION! ...
  • Stacey (bookishpursuit)
    Feb 27, 2019
    4.25 In a comfortable, easy to read style, Hooper introduces us to Dorthea Lange. Lange's fame came from her photographic images of the struggling during the depression, and the migration west to California during the dust bowl. It takes a deft hand to tell a story with an ease that...
  • Erika Robuck
    Feb 12, 2019
    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 great, shadowed, female artists, photographer Dorothea Lange...
  • Lisa
    Mar 07, 2019
    I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but I've always been intrigued by Dorothea Lange and her photographs, especially the most famous one known as "Migrant Mother." This is a fictionalized account of her life, which was extensively researched by author Elise Hooper. Dorothea ha...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Nov 25, 2018
    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....
  • Lorri
    Dec 31, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jan Priddy
    Jan 23, 2019
    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?t...
  • Asheley
    Jan 30, 2019
    I really loved this book! 4.5/5 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 abo...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Dec 26, 2018
    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 more. Wiki to the rescue...I was able to immerse myself in the life of Dorothea Lange even more. I loved thi...
  • Kim McGee
    Sep 29, 2018
    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 ...
  • Meredith Jaeger
    Dec 21, 2018
    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 more about Lange and her Depression Era photography than I already knew from the famous portrait Migrant Mother. A wonderful ...
  • KC
    Dec 01, 2018
    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 n...
  • Basic B's Guide
    Feb 13, 2019
    Rtc ...
  • Jenni Walsh
    Sep 25, 2018
    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 ...
  • Lori
    Nov 17, 2018
    I received a giveaway copy from goodreads 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 lik...
  • Lynn
    Oct 16, 2018
    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 ...
  • Kelly
    Feb 01, 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 them. . This novel is about Dorothea Lange, a photographer ...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 12, 2019
    MASTERFUL 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...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    Jan 04, 2019
    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 fi...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 20, 2019
    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 c...
  • Chanel Cleeton
    Aug 21, 2018
    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 intima...
  • Nancy
    Jan 27, 2019
    I knew the photography of Dorothea Lange but little about her personal life so I was glad to be given the opportunity to read 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...
  • Lisa Duffy
    Jan 16, 2019
    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...
  • Gabriella | The Novel Nook
    Nov 08, 2018
    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 ...
  • Cortney Walton
    Feb 24, 2019
    Absolutely fascinating. I want to know more. ? ...