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Learning to See

A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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“Written with grace, empathy, and bright imagination, Learning to See gives us the vivid interior life of a remarkably resilient woman. Dorothea Lange’s story is about passion and art, love and family, but also about the sacrifices women make—and have always made—to illuminate the truth of the world.” (Danya Kukafka, national bestselling author of Girl in Snow)

Learning to See is a gripping account of the Dorothea Lange, the woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love.

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.

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. But her choices came at a steep price…

©2019 Elise Hooper (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Melissa G.
  • 09-01-20

Fictionalized with photos included!

I loved reading this ebook! I could easily imagine Dorothea taking the photos and then to find them at the end of the kindle edition, well that was the cherry on top!

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  • Christina Bolling
  • 23-09-19

This audio book was perfect for me

Because I'm a professional photographer who started her career 30 years ago as photo journalist for newspapers, working in many dark rooms making my own black&white prints, and later opening my own portrait studio, this book was perfect for me. I'm also a huge fan of Cassandra Campbell, so there was no question that I wouldn't listen to this book. And I was not disappointed, it was an interesting and relatable story for me. I'd always admired Dorothea Lange's work, but didn't know anything about her personal history. She was ahead of her time in many ways. Back then, and still, it was difficult for women to choose their career before family. She did that and paid the price, but also followed her passion and honest desires. After reading this personable novel I admire Dorothea Lange even more and will look for more books by Elise Hooper.

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  • Customer K
  • 17-04-19

More Than Photography

Interesting and informative novel about
the first half of the 20th century in the United States.