Learning to See by Elise Hooper

Learning to See

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. Now, in this riveting new novel by the author of The Other Alcott, we see the world through her eyes…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...

Details Learning to See

TitleLearning to See
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Art, Photography

Reviews Learning to See

  • Cindy Burnett
    Learning to See tells the story of Dorothea Lange’s extraordinary life and her efforts to expose severe social injustices during the 1930s and 1940s. Lange spent the early years of her career in San Francisco as a portrait photographer. After her marriage begins to crumble and the U.S. economy collapses with the onset of the Great Depression, Lange must find a way to support her two young sons. She begins to travel around California capturing i...
  • ☮Karen
    3.5 stars and my thanks to LibraryThing.com for the advanced copy.Photographer Dorothea Lange's most famous work is probably Migrant Mother taken in 1936 during the Great Depression, but it was her later work in the Japanese internment camps that got my attention. An independent portrait photographer, she hired herself out to the U.S. government when times got rough, to document living conditions for migrants that officials in Washington DC had n...
  • Chrissie
    Learning to See by Elise Hooper is a book of historical fiction about the Dorothea Lange (1895 – 1965) famed for her photos of migrant workers and the poor taken during the years of the Depression. Later she came to document the plight of Japanese-Americans confined to Resettlement Camps during the Second Word War. You know the saying—a picture speaks a thousand words. Her photos, capturing the humanity of those who have nothing, actually do ...
  • Asheley
    I really loved this book!4.5/5It's so, so funny how life works out sometimes. When I was in high school, my AP US History teacher of all time (my favorite teacher of all time) often started class by showing us iconic images and then facilitated critical thinking discussions about what we were seeing, what may have led the photographer to take the photo, etc etc. He used many of Dorothea Lange's photographs and they have been cemented in my brain ...
  • KC
    In 1918, photographer Dorothea Lange leaves NYC and heads to San Francisco, eager to make a name for herself. She soon meets and falls in love with Maynard Dixon, an extremely capacious natured painter. Throughout her time there, she meets fellow artists like Frida Kahlo, writers and numerous talents. Faced with the relenting desire with trying to capture the true picture of the times, she find herself struggling between work, marriage and mother...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I had never heard about Dorothea Lange before I read this book, but the blurb intrigued me. I love reading about women who were brave enough to follow their dreams and LEARNING TO SEE is definitely a book that is worth reading.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
  • Gabriella | The Novel Nook
    A massive thank you to Elise Hooper and William Morrow for my ARC of LEARNING TO SEE! This novel tells the story of photographer Dorothea Lange, a woman I knew very little about, and I absolutely loved learning about her! This story is so beautifully written, full of historical detail and engaging characters and environments, all as real and vivid as Dorothea’s photographs (some of which are included at the end of the novel, which I appreciated...
  • Chanel Cleeton
    A powerful and timely view of America told through the lens of Dorothea Lange, a fascinating woman whose photographs shone a light on the nation's forgotten and abandoned. Learning to See is both a sweeping portrayal of the effects of the Great Depression and World War II and an intimate look at Lange's relationships, advocacy, and photography. Detailed and thoroughly immersive, Learning to See grips the reader and highlights an important period ...
  • Nancy
    I knew the photography of Dorothea Lange but little about her personal life so I was glad to be given the opportunity to readLearning to See by Elise Hooper.Hooper's novel offers an accessible narrative of Lange's life from her point of view. Lange's childhood polio left her with a limp from a deformed foot. She established a successful portrait photography career until the Depression when her work dwindled. With two children and an artist husban...
  • Erika Robuck
    Elise Hooper is a writer whose talents at clarity and empathy bring out the humanity of her historical subjects. Like her debut novel, THE OTHER ALCOTT, Hooper’s LEARNING TO SEE is an intimate portrait of one of history’s great, shadowed, female artists, photographer Dorothea Lange.Most readers will be able to draw to mind the iconic Depression-era image of the poor, exhausted mother–gaze toward an uncertain future–flanked by dirty childr...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    4.5 stars Thanks to #WilliamMorrow #HarperCollins for my free copy of #LearningtoSee by Elise Hooper in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own."It takes a lot of practice to see things are they are, not as you want them to be." (P 121)Learning to See is a fictionalized biography inspired by real life photographer, Dorothea Lange. We first meet twenty-two year old Dorothea in 1918 as she arrives in San Francisco with her best frien...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    MASTERFULI count the author as one of my bookish friends and I’m so grateful she entrusted me with review copies of her novels ❤.Her first title THE OTHER ALCOTT was a natural hit for me given the subject matter ~ Louisa May Alcott’s sister, Amy. However, I had never even HEARD of Dorothea Lange before reading LEARNING TO SEE and now I’m absolutely obsessed with this groundbreaking photographer. Hooper writes historical fiction about fasc...
  • Lori
    I received a giveaway copy from goodreads for a review. This book is about Dorthea Lange. although it is based on a real life person the author writes a book of fiction about the real Dorthea Lange. she imagines by collecting facts about the photographer what her life may have been like. Dorthea Lange was a prize winning photographer. Her most famous pictures were from the depression era, the dustbowl migrants and in the forties when she visited ...
  • Homeschoolmama
    I remember years ago seeing Dorothea Lange's famous photograph Migrant Mother.http://100photos.time.com/photos/doro... It always brought wonder to me, seeing this image of a woman sitting with her children, hand to her face, looking forlorn, world-weary, bedraggled. I'd not heard much about the photographer until recently. Learning to See is Elise Hooper's fictionalized account of Dorothea Lange's life, though it seems more like an actual biogr...
  • Meredith Jaeger
    A beautiful portrait of the life and activism of Dorothea Lange. San Francisco during Lange's early career in the 1920s is particularly vivid. I learned so much more about Lange and her Depression Era photography than I already knew from the famous portrait Migrant Mother. A wonderful book for fans of historical fiction, strong female protagonists and book clubs. Highly recommended!
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    4.5 stars. "Learning to See" is a fictionalized story of great American photographer Dorothea Lange. Even if you don't think you know her name, you probably know her work. She is best known for some of the work that she did capturing people in difficult circumstances during the early to mid part of the 20th century. This book gives a great picture of what Lange was like behind the scenes. Well-researched, this book has so much good detail. We get...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    For me the need to research when I finish a book based on a real life person is a testament to an amazing book. Learning to See did that for me. When I closed the book. I needed more. Wiki to the rescue...I was able to immerse myself in the life of Dorothea Lange even more. I loved this book. Elise is an amazing storyteller. The amount of research is absolutely staggering.✨I love historical fiction. It is a genre I hold close. The way Elise wri...
  • Lynn
    An account of the life of Dorothea Lange which touches only briefly on her most famous photograph, Migrant Mother. Instead, Dorothea is personalized as a wife and mother, supporting her husbands emotionally and financially.I read this EARC courtesy of Wm. Morrow and Edelweiss. Pub date 01/22/19
  • Ann
    Interesting read about the life of the woman behind the iconic photographs.
  • Cortney Walton
    Absolutely fascinating. I want to know more. 💜
  • Lisa Duffy
    Gorgeously written with exquisite historical detail, Learning to See is a fascinating tale of one remarkable woman’s life. Told with the same precise prose and terrific nuance as her stunning debut, The Other Alcott, Elise Hooper proves once again that she’s a masterful storyteller.
  • Jan Priddy
    No. Not worthwhile. The author seems less familiar with her subject than with what she wants to make of her subject. I do not believe the subject is accurately portrayed in her thinking and reasoning, the objects of her fretting and fussing did not ring true. The story is novelized—that is, the author tells a story about real people as if she were inside their head and aware of motivation and emotion. One reader labeled it "historical-fiction."...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours, William Morrow Books, and the author for my free copy of LEARNING TO SEE -Historical or biographical fiction - whatever you want to call it - this one was done well with an impressive amount of research. I enjoy reading about artists and their choices especially when it comes to writers and photographers so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.In 1918, twenty-two-year-old Dorothea Nutzhorn moved to S...
  • Jenni Walsh
    One of the reasons why I enjoy fictional memoirs is because I often find parallels or a certain level of relativism, even in a different person's life, place, and time. This familiarity and plausible storyline often draws me in. And, Dorothea Lange's storyline definitely drew me in. I knew very little about her when I began Elise Hooper's sophomore novel, but I felt a kinship while reading. The following surfaced as my favorite line/sentiment fro...
  • Kim McGee
    Dorothea Lange, the famous photographer, was lucky her money got stolen that day and she and her friend ended up staying in San Francisco. She went from starting as a portrait photographer to pay the rent to become one of this country's leading artistic activists of the Depression Era and beyond. She wasn't the greatest wife, mother or possible friend but she made up for it in her determination to show the world the injustice in front of them thr...
  • Lorri
    Learning to See, by Elise Hooper is a book that transported me back to post WWII, and the events that defined America's poverty stricken citizens. From Dorothea Lange's photographic documentation of that era in time, we see her move forward, through the decades and her involvement in WWII, and the suffering of the Japanese who are imprisoned in internment camps.She was a woman before her time, a woman who fought for social justice for everyone, n...
  • Rebecca
    I found that I really disliked Dorothea Lange as a person. Her actions always felt very selfish to me. She was an awful parent and wife. Was her abandoning her family worth her career as a photographer?
  • Susy
    I found this historical fiction account of Dorothea Lange's life as a photo journalist (before the term was created I suspect) fascinating. She arrived in San Francisco en route to a planned world tour only to have those plans cancelled when her travel funds were stolen. She uses her portrait photography skills to earn a living and falls in with an artistic group of photographers but establishes herself during the Great Depression as she travels ...
  • Kelly
    4.5 *s. Elise Hooper is quickly becoming one of my favorite historic fiction authors. In this book and her previous, The Other Alcott, she takes a historic figure and with an enormous amount of research builds a story around them..This novel is about Dorothea Lange, a photographer who exposed the many social injustices occurring during The Great Depression and World War II. It depicts the struggle of an ambitious woman trying to support her two c...
  • Jeimy
    I did not love this book. I was looking forward to learning about Dorothea Lange's professional side, but this novel strayed too close to the Women's Lit genre it indubitably belongs to. However, I was fascinated by the mention of Lange's photos of Japanese Internment Camps. This led me to borrow photography books from the library that include photos taken at Manzanar by Lange, Ansel Adams (my blood boils just thinking of an essay he wrote in his...