Noelle Hancock, author of My Year With Eleanor, on tour July/August 2011

Posted By on May 24, 2011

About My Year With Eleanor

• Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ecco (June 7, 2011)

After losing her high-octane job as an entertainment blogger, Noelle Hancock was lost. About to turn twenty-nine, she’d spent her career writing about celebrities’ lives and had forgotten how to live her own. Unemployed and full of self-doubt, she had no idea what she wanted out of life. She feared change—in fact, she feared almost everything. Once confident and ambitious, she had become crippled by anxiety, lacking the courage required even to attend a dinner party—until inspiration struck one day in the form of a quote on a chalkboard in a coffee shop:

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Painfully timid as a child, Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated herself to facing her fears, a commitment that shaped the rest of her life. With Eleanor as her guide, Noelle spends the months leading up to her thirtieth birthday pursuing a “Year of Fear.” From shark diving to fighter pilot lessons, from tap dancing and stand-up comedy to confronting old boyfriends, her hilarious and harrowing adventures teach her about who she is, and what she can become—lessons she makes vital for all of us.

About Noelle Hancock

Noelle Hancock is a former staff writer for the New York Observer. She was the founding writer of Us Weekly‘s entertainment blog and helped launch the website for the popular gossip column “Page Six.” Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, the New York Post, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Page Six Magazine, Marie Claire U.K.,, and Gawker, among other publications and websites. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Yale University. She lives in Manhattan with her parakeets, Jesus and Stuart. Her parents are still holding out for law school.

Noelle’s Tour Stops

Monday, July 11: Book Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, July 12: Bibliosue

Wednesday, July 13: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

Tuesday, July 19: Scandalous Women

Wednesday, July 20: Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, August 2: “That’s Swell!”

Wednesday, August 3: The Book Chick

Thursday, August 4: Cozy Little House Reviews

Tuesday, August 9th: Melody & Words

Wednesday, August 10: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, August 11: Stephanie’s Written Word

Monday, August 15: Unabridged Chick

Monday, August 8: One Book Shy



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