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

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

by Curtis Roosevelt

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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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ISBN-13: 9780786726813
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/22/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 955,093
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

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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Kirkus, October 1, 2008
“FDR’s eldest grandson nostalgically recounts his childhood growing up in close proximity to his charismatic grandparents…. He captures the delight of living at the White House from the perspective of a child given access to presidential marches, receptions and afternoon teas.”

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Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kambrogi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 grandparents, a resident of the White House . Now, from the perspective of his late seventies, Roosevelt looks back on his relationship with these as well as other relatives. It is an objective and thoughtful examination, but essentially the viewpoint of a child. What emerges is a rather sad portrait of a poor little rich boy adrift in a world where he understands little and can control nothing. Not much that is new to us is revealed about the book¿s famous subjects, and because the story ends when Curtis is still in his teens, even the fate of its main character is shrouded in the same shadows that darken his early life. The book is respectably well written and sincere in its tone. It provides enough moderately interesting details and photographs to keep you turning the pages. If you want a quick overview ¿ a kind of People magazine introduction to Curtis and his notable circle -- this might just be the perfect book. And the appendix provides plenty of resources to tap if you¿d like to pick up something substantial.
dbartlett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author (born Curtis Roosevelt Dall) is the oldest grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Born in 1930, he was three years old when FDR became President, and moved into the White House with his mother (recently separated from his father) and older sister. For the next 12 years, the author (nicknamed Buzz or Buzzie) spent a great deal of time in the White House. Even after his mother remarried and moved with her new husband to Seattle, the author and his sister spent most summers on the Roosevelt family estate at Hyde Park and the family often returned to the White House at Christmas. Relying on his memories and those of others, plus letters from the period, the author gives us an insider's view to life in the White House and life among the wealthy elite of that day. Well worth reading for anyone who lived through the Roosevelt years or anyone who has an interest in American history.
MerlinDB More than 1 year ago
The point of view is almost childish. Curtis lacks the wit and insight of other members of the Roosevelt family.
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My mom is 69 years old and is enjoying the book thoroughly. Whenever I talk to my mom she is always commenting on the book contents, her memories, what she is learning and how much is she enjoying the book.
Ann89 More than 1 year ago
What snobs the Roosevelts were. I can't believe they behave the same way the democrats do now! Heaven forbid some of their children went to "public schools", gasp! Does that ring a bell, Chelsea, Obama's daughters.....