My Year with Eleanor

My Year with Eleanor I honestly loved this book Jim Norton New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts Eleanor taught Noelle that first and foremost Courage Takes Practice Her yearlong quest to face her terro

  • Title: My Year with Eleanor
  • Author: Noelle Hancock
  • ISBN: 9780061875038
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I honestly loved this book Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice Her yearlong quest to face her terrors, great and small, is moving, enriching, and hilarious we readers are lucky to be along for the ride Julie Powell, bestselling author of Julie JuliaIn the tradit I honestly loved this book Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice Her yearlong quest to face her terrors, great and small, is moving, enriching, and hilarious we readers are lucky to be along for the ride Julie Powell, bestselling author of Julie JuliaIn the tradition of My Year of Living Biblically and Eat Pray Love comes My Year with Eleanor, Noelle Hancock s hilarious tale of her decision to heed the advice of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and do one thing a day that scares her in the year before her 30th birthday Fans of Sloane Crosley and Chelsea Handler will absolutely adore Hancock s charming and outrageous chronicle of her courageous endeavor and delight in her poignant and inspiring personal growth.

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    1. Sometimes the right book comes along at just the right time in our lives. This turned out to be such a book for me. (Which is surprising because I almost abandoned it. I'm glad I stuck it out to the end.)"My Year with Eleanor" is a memoir of a young woman who decides to face her fears. Noelle Hancock was inspired by an Eleanor Roosevelt quote: "Do one thing every day that scares you." Noelle was 29 and had just been laid off from her media job in New York City. She had no idea what to do next an [...]

    2. I read this for a book club, or I probably would have abandoned it. I found the first part of the book incredibly difficult to get through - the entire concept of the "year of fear" felt self-indulgent and gimmicky. Noelle spends the first few weeks of her year signing up for activities like trapeze classes and trying to hook up in closets at weddings, and then writing about it in a way that's supposed to be breezy and funny but ends up being cliched and cringeworthy. It's even worse because the [...]

    3. I think they call this genre "stunt nonfiction" - do something for a year, blog about it and then get a book deal. I had two of these books to read, this one and one about a Kiwi guy whose goal was to work on every continent in the world before he was 30.When I started Noelle's book, I found it quite irritating. Judging by the photo on the back cover she's attractive, she's got the perfect boyfriend, a well off family, she's able to live off her savings and get freelance work while she looks for [...]

    4. This book is horrible! I would not even give it a star if it were possible. I like the premise of this book, about conquering your fears and becoming a better person. In fact, I did a similar project myself years ago. What really turned me off about this book wasn't the poor quality of the writing or the author's selfishness; rather, I felt the book was disrespectful to Eleanor Roosevelt in many ways. The author used her as a gimmick. Eleanor Roosevelt overcame her fears and used that empowermen [...]

    5. Noelle Hancock, author, reads on the wall of her favorite coffee shop the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt to do something every day that scares you. Since she was recently laid off from her job as an entertainment blogger, she decides she has the time and the resources to take Eleanor's advice. She does things like sky diving, diving with sharks, and hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as running down the hall of her apartment building naked. I liked the concept of stepping out of your traditional comfort [...]

    6. Objectively, this isn't the greatest or most literary memoir I've ever read, or even the most inspiring. That being said, if you're a therapist working with anxious clients who would like to recommend a book that isn't overly clinical or self-helpy, this is a good choice. It's a readable and engaging story which relates to both exposure and mindfulness concepts and can inspire some good, relevant discussion.

    7. This is another of those "do-something-for-a-year-and-write-about-it" books, which is so trendy, but I thought this one was well-written. After losing her blogging job, Noelle becomes inspired by an Eleanor Roosevelt quote about fear and decides to spend a year doing things that scare her. One of the best parts was the stories she mixed in about Eleanor's life. I knew very little, and it was neat to learn what a cool, revolutionary lady she was. I am inspired to read more about her. She wrote th [...]

    8. Ummm so I really did love this book, but for reasons to follow I could not in good readerly conscience give it 5 stars. I don't even feel totally comfortable giving 4 stars.I think the book, as a concept, had a lot of potential. I’m a big fan of the Eleanor Roosevelt quote the book is centered around (“Do one thing every day that scares you”) and Eleanor herself in general. However, I found it very difficult to connect with author Noelle Hancock (former gossip blogger). The way she talks a [...]

    9. This was rated 3.5 jewels on my blog: onebookshyThis was a tough book for me to rate and review. It was one that I enjoyed greatly at times and then became mildly irritated with at certain points. I agreed to be on the tour because the "memoir" was promoted as being akin to Julie Powell's "Julie and Julia" which I adored. The fact that I have always admired the amazing and inspirational Eleanor Roosevelt sealed my decision to read this book. My Year With Eleanor does have that certain something [...]

    10. "I'm not presumptuous enough to think I'll ever be as fearless as Eleanor. But she taught me that courage is a muscle. It needs to be exercised often or it'll weaken." (pg. 290)I really liked the concept behind this book. I've often considered what my own life would look like if I did one scary thing every day, so I was interested in Noelle's journey and how she applied that quote to her life. She tackled a mixture of big adventures (cage-diving with sharks, skydiving, trapeze) and more everyday [...]

    11. I confess right now that I was a bit dubious when I started this memoir, apprehensive that I -- not much of a celebrity gossip fan -- wouldn't enjoy what this former celebrity blogger had to say or care about her year of transformation.Boy, was I wrong.By page five I was ready to like Hancock and by page twenty or so, was totally charmed by her. Erroneously I had mentally decided Hancock's Manhattan-centered world and celebrity blogging meant one thing, but in reality, she was like any of my fri [...]

    12. I liked this memoir but I didn't absolutely love it. What I appreciated was the honesty. Reminiscent of: Eat, Pray, Love, Julie and Julia, 1000 Miles in a Hundred Days or The Happiness Project, the author is searching to truly find herself and redefine who she is. Based on a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, "Do one thing every day that scares you," the author pursues a year of fear. Some of her exploits are funny (trapeze lesson) while others (service in a hospital) are poignant. However, what I enjo [...]

    13. 3.5 stars. I admire Hancock's courage to actually try to do one scary thing a day. I found myself both admiring her courage (she did some things I would NEVER doeven though they really scared her) and wondering how important it really is to conquer your fears. On the one hand, I know that changing our thinking can really help us overcome fear. of the things we fear will never actually happen. And I know that conquering fears can be very motivating and empowering. On the other hand, there are thi [...]

    14. LOVED this book more than I thought I would. Hits on a lot of ideas close to my heart, sometimes it was uncomfortable to read because it was so accurate. I've always loved Eleanor Roosevelt's "do one thing every day that scares you" line, which is the basis of the book. Noelle, the author spends the year between her 29th and 30th birthday doing just that. The fears she overcomes range from physical ones like diving with sharks, to every day ones like renegotiating a bill. The book is intersperse [...]

    15. My mother went to a Fresh Air camp when she was a Depression kid growing up in a big city. She was flattered there to be chosen as one of a special troupe of folk dancers who'd perform for some special guests.After the performance, the dancers formed a line and shook the special guests' hands. One lady in particular drew my mother. Mom said to her, "You remind me of Eleanor Roosevelt, but you're much prettier."The lady, my mother said, threw back her head and laughed till tears came.When she got [...]

    16. I'm sensing a theme in the books I'm choosing to read. This is my umpteenth memoir in the last six months. I'm not sure if it's because I'm feeling dissatisfied with how productive my life is right now, or if I'm wistfully looking at what life could have been. Or maybe I'm just being voyeuristic. All I know is that this book filled a little niche in my life and for a brief moment in time, I was able to live a little vicariously through Hancock.Overall, I thought the book was really interesting a [...]

    17. I read this book during Dewey’s 24-Hr Readathon this past October and it was a great light happy-go-lucky book to read during a sunny day in the fall. There was a lot of chaos going on in my life, so it was refreshing to read a book about someone else looking for changes in their life. There were some points where I found the author self-indulgent, but on the other hand, who am I to judge someone who’s taking action to make herself happier? At least she didn’t just whine about it without a [...]

    18. I originally picked up this book because I think Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the best role models a woman could have. She is full of wisdom and wit and overcame many obstacles in her life to become a great leader and advocate. The author uses a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt to inspire her to conquer her fears for a year. Freshly laid-off from her job in New York, (where she earned 6 figures) the author decides to take a year off and do something everyday that scares her. The result is a story tha [...]

    19. Hancock is a funny, snarky writer but that is not enough to carry this memoir to the heights to which it seems to aspire. I like the idea of conquering a fear a day for a year -- and I completely admire Eleanor Roosevelt -- but the book came off as shallow much of the time, not at all embodying ER's ideals. I'm thinking the publisher may be, at least in part, to blame for the fluffiness. And it seems Hancock realized this deficiency, as she sprinkled this concern a few times throughout the book. [...]

    20. It's probably unfair, but I struggled to relate to the author, who I thought to be a little immature, naive, and entitled. The concept of this book seemed a bit forced and fabricated, a bit "I need to come up with a good book idea, and what the heck, this one sounds pretty cool", rather than her being truly inspired to address her fears. I found this a little insulting. But I did get some good take aways from the book, and the author grew on me. Her final adventure was a good one, and she had so [...]

    21. Really a great, inspiring and fun bookI truly enjoyed reading this book more than any in recent memory. Watching the author do one scary thing a day and how she grew throughout the year was really inspirational.

    22. Do one thing every day that scares you. That's the Eleanor Roosevelt line that inspired the author as she approached her 30th birthday. And so she did - taking a trapeze class, skydiving, flying a fighter jet in a dogfight, working in a funeral home, diving with sharks, doing stand up comedy at an open-mic night, climbing Mount Kilamanjaro. She earned the nickname "Fearless" along the way. There's an entire genre of these books - be a midlife woman who feels lost, find an inspirational woman, fo [...]

    23. "Učinite svakoga dana jednu stvar koja vas plaši." Citat Eleanor Roosevelt koji je ujedno i premisa ove knjige. Spisateljica je ostavši bez posla (koji je bio vrlo stresan) odlučila da će promijeniti sebe i svoj život. Knjiga je poticajna, inspirativna i jako pozitivna.A također sam naučila puno o samoj Eleanor Roosevelt.

    24. I'm not one for memoirs, as I typically find them boring, but Noelle kept a pace that was enjoyable. She mixed experiences, thought, and feelings with thought provoking realizations and insightful glimpses into the life of Eleanor Roosevelt that was fresh and new. Loved it!

    25. I had never heard of this and before I started reading it, I had my doubts. As my wife is fond of saying, "It looks like a grocery store book." I was pleasantly surprised though. It's light and frothy and not necessarily the most substantial book, but it's endlessly entertaining and I was very inspired by it. I also learned a lot more about Eleanor Roosevelt than I ever had before. Unlike some GRers have indicated, Roosevelt is not used as a gimmick here, but is, instead, a figure of endless ins [...]

    26. Full review at my blog, cristinaguarinovejournal!I bought My Year With Eleanor at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in Manhattan while waiting on a friend. I was pretty hesitant to buy it, I'll admit, not because I was unsure of the book but because $25 seemed like a pretty steep price to pay for a hardcover that just clears 300 pages. In fact, if the timing weren't so perfect, I'd be kicking myself right now for finding it on for only $15. But I had a good feeling about the book after readin [...]

    27. I didn't plan it this way when I picked up the book, but this book is the perfect one to end the year on. After getting laid off from her job, at a coffeeshop she sees a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt that inspires her: "Do one thing every day that scares you." And she decides, after some reflection on where her life has led her, that this is a good motto by which to live. So in the grand tradition of stunt memoirs, she sets out in her 29th year to do something that scares her every day.While she [...]

    28. While on a much-needed vacation, transplanted Texan Noelle Hancock learned she had lost her high-profile, well-paying job as a blogger in New York City. Exhausted by a career largely based on keeping up with breaking celebrity gossip, Hancock sat down to create a new plan for her life and froze--she had developed anxiety and avoidance issues that left her paralyzed. Then Hancock happened upon a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do one thing every day that scares you." The famous First Lady's command [...]

    29. Do one thing every day that scares you. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt. Those words on a coffee house chalk board catapulted recently laid-off blogger Noelle Hancock on what she refers to as her "Year of Fear." Facing her 30th birthday and feeling as if she has lost all her youthful guts and gumption, Noelle faces her everyday fears of standing up for herself in social situations to her big fears with episodes of skydiving, highwire walking, and hiking Mount Kilimanjaro. Along the way she takes as her cons [...]

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