SOCIAL SCIENCES

If You Ask Me: Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt

Atria. Oct. 2018. 272p. ed. by Mary Jo Binker. bibliog. ISBN 9781501179792. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501179815. ADVICE
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Consulting editor for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University, editor Binker resurrects excerpts from the former first lady's advice column in Ladies' Home Journal (1941–49) and McCall's (1949–62). In her own caring way, Roosevelt answers questions from readers on everything from politics and marriage to health and aging. Accompanying historical context for each of the writings shows how relevant Roosevelt's advice is to issues still being debated today and how thoughtful responses unite people on both sides of the aisle.
VERDICT Particularly appealing to Roosevelt fans but strongly recommended for all engaged citizens.
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