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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker - Jennifer Chiaverini
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion. In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,... show more
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion. In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.   In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose Keckley from among a number of applicants to be her personal “modiste,” responsible not only for creating the First Lady’s gowns, but also for dressing Mrs. Lincoln in the beautiful attire Keckley had fashioned. The relationship between the two women quickly evolved, as Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln in the loss of first her son, and then her husband to the assassination that stunned the nation and the world. Keckley saved scraps from the dozens of gowns she made for Mrs. Lincoln, eventually piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. She also saved memories, which she fashioned into a book, Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Upon its publication, Keckley’s memoir created a scandal that compelled Mary Todd Lincoln to sever all ties with her, but in the decades since, Keckley’s story has languished in the archives. In this impeccably researched, engrossing novel, Chiaverini brings history to life in rich, moving style.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780525953616 (0525953612)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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celosia89
celosia89 rated it
3.0 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel
I got this book from a goodreads giveaway. I was interested in reading something outside of my usual genres and remembered liking some historical fiction as a kid. This book really wasn't for me. I often found my self wondering how there could be so much of the book left when so much of the civil wa...
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc
jbarrett5 book reviews, etc rated it
3.0 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini Wanted to read this book because I thought it would be about needlework during Lincoln's career.I found it was more about the political and family problems rather than the dressmaking side of things.Elizabeth is the dressmaker and she spends a lot of ...
Skulls and Coffee
Skulls and Coffee rated it
0.0 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
This was our book club book for June. I waited a bit late to get to it, but it looked interesting and thought that it would be a quick read. Unfortunately I couldn't seem to connect with the book. I felt like a spectator to the story and not immersed in the story. Left me feeling cold towards the bo...
Skulls and Coffee
Skulls and Coffee rated it
0.0 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
This was our book club book for June. I waited a bit late to get to it, but it looked interesting and thought that it would be a quick read. Unfortunately I couldn't seem to connect with the book. I felt like a spectator to the story and not immersed in the story. Left me feeling cold towards the bo...
mtw1tter
mtw1tter rated it
1.0 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
The problem with "X's Y" storylines are that there are already 2 plots to plot the book by. X's as well as well as Y's. The author can slip/slide between the two and do half the work instead of having to focus on a fully realised one. And this novel falls for the chronological structure, which rende...
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