Elise Hooper - Learning to See (San Francisco Store)

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

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 founders 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.

Learning to See is a gripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love. But her choices came at a steep price.

A New Englander by birth (and at heart), Elise Hooper lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature. The Other Alcott was her first novel.

 

 

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062686534
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 22nd, 2019

“Written with grace, empathy, and bright imagination, Learning to See gives us the vivid interior life of a remarkably resilient woman.