An Update on My Reading Goal: Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962

I have finished all the books on NPR’s list of the 10 best books of 2016. The final book I read from the list was Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook.

I started this book the morning of my scheduled C-section with my second daughter. I was in the mood to read about strong women and I have long-respected Eleanor Roosevelt. I have not read the first two volumes of this biography, which were published in 1992 and 1999, but the author does a great job of bringing us up to speed prior to diving into what is probably the most influential period in Eleanor Roosevelt’s life.

Three months later, I finally finished the book. It’s good, but it’s nearly 700 pages long. It’s well-written and details much of the amazing work Eleanor Roosevelt did. Stay tuned for my ranking of the 10 books on this list.


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Here is the updated list:

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel

Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook