Too Close to the Sun
Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor
By Curtis Roosevelt
(PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781586485542, 320pp.)
Publication Date: November 2008
FDR’s grandson describes his strange and wondrous coming-of-age in the Roosevelt White Houseand the perils of a public childhood.
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.
Kirkus, October 1, 2008
“FDR’s eldest grandson nostalgically recounts his childhood growing up in close proximity to his charismatic grandparents…. He captures the delight of living at the White House from the perspective of a child given access to presidential marches, receptions and afternoon teas.”
Publishers Weekly, October 2, 2008
“Curtis writes affectionately and beautifully about his grandparents.… Along with relaying a rich and fascinating cornucopia of anecdotes involving family life, Curtis devotes thoughtful discussion to the complex subject of reflected fame and its impact on young people growing up as the scions of celebrity. No one alive today knew Franklin and Eleanor quite as well as Curtis, their eldest grandson, and his sister. Thus this splendid, intimate memoir represents an invaluable addition to the literature of the Roosevelt era.”
USA Today, November 25, 2008
“Even as a young boy Roosevelt had a keen eye to what was going on around him, and gives us a peek behind the curtains of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., including FDR’s ‘bedside breakfast meetings’ where the president read the comics to his grandchildren while reviewing the day’s schedule with his advisers.”
St. Petersburg Times, December 30, 2008
“[Curtis Roosevelt] tells wonderful, nostalgic stories about the president and the two Mrs. Roosevelts, who at a crucial time in the national’s history still made time for their grandchildren…. His was a memorable coming of age, and he brings it vividly to life in this richly illustrated memoir.”