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The first ladies : a novel / Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Benedict, Marie, (author.). Murray, Victoria Christopher, (author.). Gilbert, Tavia, (narrator.). Miles, Robin, (narrator.).


The daughter of formerly enslaved parents, Mary McLeod Bethune refuses to back down as white supremacists attempt to thwart her work. She marches on as an activist and an educator, and as her reputation grows she becomes a celebrity, revered by titans of business and recognized by U.S. Presidents. Eleanor Roosevelt herself is awestruck and eager to make her acquaintance. Initially drawn together because of their shared belief in women's rights and the power of education, Mary and Eleanor become fast friends confiding their secrets, hopes and dreams, and holding each other's hands through tragedy and triumph. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected president, the two women begin to collaborate more closely, particularly as Eleanor moves toward her own agenda separate from FDR, a consequence of the devastating discovery of her husband's secret love affair. Eleanor becomes a controversial First Lady for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights. And when she receives threats because of her strong ties to Mary, it only fuels the women's desire to fight together for justice and equality. This is the story of two different, yet equally formidable, passionate, and committed women, and the way in which their singular friendship helped form the foundation for the modern civil rights movement. -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593684252
  • ISBN: 0593684257
  • Physical Description: 12 audio discs (14 hr., 30 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title from web page.
Participant or Performer Note:
Read by Robin Miles and Tavia Gilbert.
Subject: Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 > Fiction.
Bethune, Mary McLeod, 1875-1955 > Fiction.
Presidents' spouses > Fiction.
Women civil rights workers > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Genre: Audiobooks.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 6 of 9 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Scenic Regional.


  • 3 current holds with 9 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Scenic Regional-Hermann CDSP FIC BEN (Text) 3007799171 New Compact Disc-Spoken Checked out 12/05/2023

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