- By Jenny Barrett Boneno
- Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Eleanor Roosevelt Book Discussion with Emily Herring Wilson
Emily Herring Wilson will discuss her book, "The Three Graces of Val-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook in the Place They Made Their Own" at the Reynolda Manor Branch Library. Join us at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium for a discussion of what Wilson calls the most formative period in Roosevelt's life, from 1922 to 1936, when she cultivated an intimate friendship with Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, who helped her build a cottage on the Val-Kill Creek in Hyde Park on the Roosevelt family land. In the early years, the three women--the "three graces," as Franklin Delano Roosevelt called them--were nearly inseparable and forged a female-centered community for each other, for family, and for New York's progressive women. Examining this network of close female friends gives readers a more comprehensive picture of the Roosevelts and Eleanor's burgeoning independence in the years that marked Franklin's rise to power in politics.