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Elise Hooper, Author of Learning to See

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Elise Hooper, author of the forthcoming Learning to See (out January 22, 2019) and The Other Alcott, will be joining us to sign books in celebration of the release of Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America.

Learning to See unviels the truths and sacrifices behind some of America's most iconic photographs. 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 flounders 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…

Event address: 
3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America By Elise Hooper Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062686534
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 22nd, 2019