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Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick
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Feb 28, 2012

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Read from February 25 to 27, 2012

A very informative book about the central figures in the most famous photo of the Little Rock Nine. Beginning with the two fifteen-year-old girls getting ready for school on September 4, 1957, the book follows them through that day and the rocky years of integration that followed. Their stories are told individually, regardless of how intertwined their lives actually were, which sets a good tone for the book. When Hazel publicly apologized to Elizabeth in 1997, the press jumped all over it, both praising and criticizing the move, without realizing Hazel had actually privately apologized to Elizabeth back in 1963. The two women had forged a friendship, but the press succeeded in planting doubts in the mind of each. Though the book doesn't have a happy ending, it effectively tells the story behind the story of the photograph. There was a lot of potential for emotion here, which I was looking forward to (How do you live knowing you're immortalized in a famous photo, yelling racist slurs at another person? How do you grow past that and apologize and move on?), the book is very straight-forward and factual.

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