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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586485542
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/27/2008
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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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Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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.....