Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor

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PublicAffairs, Oct 28, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
Curtis Roosevelt was three when he and his sister, Eleanor, arrived at the White House soon after their grandfather’s inauguration. The country’s “First Grandchildren,” a pint-sized double act, they were known to the media as “Sistie and Buzzie.”

In this rich memoir, Roosevelt brings us into “the goldfish bowl,” as his family called it—that glare of public scrutiny to which all presidential households must submit. He recounts his misadventures as a hapless kid in an unforgivably formal setting and describes his role as a tiny planet circling the dual suns of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Blending self-abasement, humor, awe and affection, Too Close to the Sun is an intimate portrait of two of the most influential and inspirational figures in modern American history—and a thoughtful exploration of the emotional impact of growing up in their irresistible aura.

 

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FDR's eldest grandson nostalgically recounts his childhood growing up in close proximity to his charismatic grandparents.The author's mother Anna, FDR's only daughter, was in the midst of a divorce in ... Read full review

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Curtis Roosevelt’s mother was the daughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. As a result of his parents' divorce and later domestic upsets, Curtis spent part of his childhood living with his famous ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
15
Section 4
45
Section 5
53
Section 6
58
Section 7
61
Section 8
67
Section 19
141
Section 20
153
Section 21
163
Section 22
171
Section 23
192
Section 24
203
Section 25
215
Section 26
233

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2008)

Curtis Roosevelt is the second eldest child of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and the oldest grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1964, he joined the Secretariat of the United Nations, where for eighteen years he held various positions in the international civil service sector. He lives in France with his wife.

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