Upstairs at the Roosevelts'
Curtis Roosevelt

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Narrated By: Robertson Dean

Duration: 7 hours and 4 minutes

What to expect

Curtis Roosevelt knew what it was like to live with a president. His grandfather was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. From the time Curtis, with his sister Eleanor and recently divorced mother, Anna Roosevelt Dall, moved into his grandparents’ new home—the White House—Curtis played, learned, slept, ate, and lived in one of the most famous buildings in the world with one of its most famous residents.

Writing about his childhood from that perspective, Curtis Roosevelt offers anecdotes and revelations about the lives of the president and First Lady and the many colorful personalities in this presidential family. From Eleanor’s shocking role in the remarriage of Curtis’ mother to visits from naughty cousins and trips to the “Home Farm,” Upstairs at the Roosevelts’ provides an intimate perspective on the dynamics of one of America’s most famous families and those who visited, were friends, and sometimes even enemies.



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“Readers will enjoy seeing critical moments from the perspective of a child raised in a situation few of us could ever imagine.”

Library Journal

“This splendid, intimate memoir represents an invaluable addition to the literature of the Roosevelt era.”