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My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir

My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir

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by Noelle Hancock

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“I honestly loved this book.”
—Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts

“Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice. Her yearlong quest to face her terrors, great and small, is moving, enriching, and hilarious—we readers are lucky to be along for the

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My Year with Eleanor 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
BAndrews575 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I found myself highlighting passages as I was reading. Noelle's characterizations and dialogue paint a vivid picture of her Year With Eleanor. There were so many layers to discover while reading each chapter. The book was certainly witty; but I found it smart and insightful throughout. Talking to the young boy on the subway or debating whether to speak to the relative of a cancer patient. This book delves into what everyone is often thinking and feeling, but Noelle Hancock was able to put these feelings into words. Readers will be able to identify with Noelle's descriptions of her relationships with close friends and people she meets along her journey. Each chapter weaves seamlessly between Noelle's journey and Eleanor Roosevelt's rich life and inspirational quotes. Throughout the book there are anecdotes and insights for everyone to enjoy. This is a MUST READ!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having Noelle's journey intermingle with Eleanor's backstory made it like 2 books in one. I enjoyed learning about Eleanor & braving Noelle's fears great & small. Her writing is funny & honest. Definitely a recommended read!!!
Daniah83 More than 1 year ago
Light and enjoyable. Written well and leaves you silently laughing as you turn each page.
Barbara Bowser More than 1 year ago
I love this book...i am going to buy the hard copy so i can keep referring to the parts which mean the most to me. I am going to face a fear each day, until i am like Eleanor and noelle.
naomi16 More than 1 year ago
I have tons of quotes from this book! It was a topic of conversation at my house. We had laughs and revalatioms with this book. I love this book, it was an experiance reading it!
KelseyChristine More than 1 year ago
I've never felt more aware of my constant state of fear and worry til I read this book. It kept me on my toes and helped me realize the world outside my worry. People should read this at any age because the story takes a hold of yoy and doesnt let you go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! It was funny, endearing, and motivating. I am ready to face all my fears!
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Hilarious and inspiring!
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Zcoral More than 1 year ago
I was worried that this would be too chick-lit-ish. I feel that I'm past enjoying that genre. But it really wasn't. It was well-written and full of self-discovery, but also funny enough to keep you smiling if not laughing. I enjoyed her honesty about her experiences, and while it didn't change my entire life, it did remind me not to be so timid and afraid of things. I wouldn't classify this as historical fiction, but I did really enjoy that there were interesting bits about Eleanor Roosevelt's life in every chapter. I knew little about her, and I'm glad for what I learned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very interesting read, must check it out!
chelsea597 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The author is quite funny, and using the intro to her chapters to quote Eleanor Roosevelt was wonderful. It is an easy read about how the author used Roosevelt's quotes and life experiences to change her life.
AnneMWA More than 1 year ago
The author loses her job on the cusp of her 29th birthday. As she goes from coffee house to coffee house using their free WiFi and seaking inspiration, she sees a quote that stops her. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt. This strikes a chord with her that no one, not even her shrink understands. She decides to follow Eleanor’s advice and for the year between 29 and 30, she will do something that scares her every day. The trapeze school was not as bad as she’d expected, swimming with sharks was. Her year builds to an amazing finale and she discovers what she always was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can anyone not Love this book? It give food for your mind. Nothing is as bad as we can make it out to be in own minds. Please read this is not BORING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the authors story as well as Eleanor Roosevelt info.
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
The books started out pretty well, but she lost me completely when she did a vulgar stand-up comedy routine. While I enjoyed  the premise of the book, "My Year With Eleanor," I just really, really did not enjoy the language, so I cannot agree with others that it was "light and enjoyable" or "wise and inspirational."
Steph-C-N More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading about Ms. Hancock's adventure of self-discovery, which she accomplished by conquering her fears everyday.  Perhaps the most interesting sections of the books were Hancock's perspectives of Eleanor Roosevelt's accomplishments and quotable moments.  However,  I feel that the Year of Fear project took Roosevelt's quote too far.  I don't think that one has to literally climb mountains and skydive, depleting one's bank account, is necessary in order to conquer fears.  Overall, this book was absolutely worth reading and Hancock inspired me to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt (and maybe even teach lessons about Roosevelt to my students).
CoKo812 More than 1 year ago
It was a little slow to start but ended up being a great book with many words of encouragement. Great read.
cookieMOMster713409HF More than 1 year ago
I was so surprised by this book!  This book is about Noelle, who decides to take on the concept of doing one thing everyday for a year that scares her.   I loved the tasks that Noelle chose to take on and overcome-and loved the quotes throughout the book even more!  This book has inspired me-maybe not to jump out of an airplane, but to try to get myself out of my "shell" some more, be less worried about what others may think and simply DO.   DO what makes me happy regardless of whether I look like a fool when doing it or not!  This book is the type that makes you want to live life.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought the book was great. Enjoyed the concept and especially the humor ! I laughed out loud at some parts. Loved the quotes and the learning experience from it all - A thumbs up
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