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For 15 years, Eleanor Roosevelt and her handsome doctor, David Gurewitsch, were friends, traveling, entertaining, and eventually buying a townhouse together in Manhattan. Their friendship has always intrigued historians, but not much is known about it. David kept detailed journals and took thousands of photos, but he never publicly discussed their time together.

For the first time, Edna Gurewitsch, David's wife, is opening up and revealing their story, and hers, after she married into their complicated relationship. Edna also gives a fresh, insider's look at Mrs. Roosevelt as she continued to influence world events, and the book is filled with passionate letters from Mrs. Roosevelt.

©2002 Edna P. Gurewitsch (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

"With admiration for her subject, Gurewitsch has significantly expanded our understanding of the last years of the 20th century's great American woman." (Publishers Weekly)
"A passionate and complex connection between two gifted individuals in a sensitive and astute portrait of a 'rare and precious friendship'" (Booklist)
"A love story of rare quality: intelligent, wise, and, above all, generous in spirit and understanding." (Kirkus)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • R. Jones
  • 24/12/2005

I'm glad I listened to this one first

I knew almost nothing about Eleanor Roosevelt before listening, and I'm glad that this generous, friendly biography was the first I experienced rather than some of the darker more cynical works. A truly remarkable woman for any era or time in history, I came to admire Eleanor whole heartedly for her many fine qualities.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ron
  • 30/10/2014

ER carved out a life of her own.

If you could sum up Kindred Souls in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Happy, Ending

What other book might you compare Kindred Souls to and why?

Dearie, because they both carved out lives for themselves. Especially at a time when most women faded into darkness after their marriages. Both of these women went on to find fulfilling lives. I am very impressed by people who cultivate love and purpose in their lives.

What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

I think she did a fine job and enjoyed listening to her. It does make a difference to have a voice that resonates with the listener and the subject.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Life Lived Well.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Eliza H.
  • 28/12/2020

An Interesting Perspective

This book is different than other Eleanor Roosevelt biographies in that it is written by the wife of Eleanor’s later in life doctor and dearest friend. She is far more charitable towards her husband than other biographers have been. Today we would say that David crossed numerous professional boundaries. She goes into far more detail about Eleanor’s final months than other biographers, very sad, but important. The performance was excellent.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lady
  • 04/12/2020

Remarkable Woman

Learned alot about ER Enjoyed Young women should really pay attention to her and LEARN!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate
  • 04/11/2020

Delightful insight to the final years of ER

Kindred Souls covers the years after FDR. The Gurewitsch are not mentioned in other biographies I have listen to and David and Edna’s life with Mrs. Roosevelt gives much deeper insight to her as a woman on to herself. My interest in the Roosevelt’s legacy lies in my mother’s devotion to the Roosevelt’s, charm bracelets, teaching and so much more. Having lost my mother at 16 and never wise enough to delve in to my mother’s devotion, ER’s life has filled in many curiosities about my mother; including white kid gloves, hats, pearls, formalities and rarely seeing her in pants! My mother died in ‘74 just as David had, She was only 49.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Bill- Northern NJ-USA
  • 01/11/2020

Extraordinary Eleanor Roosevelt

Many new Eleanor Roosevelt revelations-what an unbelievable individual! I got a feeling that I was there with her

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jillie
  • 29/07/2016

Wonderful Tribute to a Great Woman

Written from the unique viewpoint of her physician and close confidant of many years. Heartwarming!

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