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Too Close to the Sun

Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor

Too Close to the Sun
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Curtis Roosevelt was three when he and his sister, Eleanor, arrived at the White House soon after their grandfather’s inauguration. The country’s ?First Grandchildren,” a pint-sized double act, they were known to the media as ?Sistie and Buzzie.”

In this rich memoir, Roosevelt brings us into ?the goldfish bowl,” as his family called it?that glare of public scrutiny to which all presidential households must submit. He recounts his misadventures as a hapless kid in an unforgivably formal setting and describes his role as a tiny planet circling the dual suns of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Blending self-abasement, humor, awe and affection, Too Close to the Sun is an intimate portrait of two of the most influential and inspirational figures in modern American history?and a thoughtful exploration of the emotional impact of growing up in their irresistible aura.

PublicAffairs; October 2008
320 pages; ISBN 9780786726813
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