Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker: A Novel

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Their son was ill and Mrs Lincoln considered that was far more important than opening a cemetery. Needless to say, Abraham Lincoln did his Presidential duty and gave the most frequently quoted speech of his career. A quick check of her book availed me no mention of the quilt let alone a picture.

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However, Google came to my assistance and I was able, through Youtube, to see the actual quilt as it is today, at Kent State University Museum. It is a remarkable piece of designing as one would expect. The colours are beautiful and the embroidered elements rich..

Elizabeth Keckley was truly a notable woman of her time. For additional background, google Elizabeth Keckley Quilt. Not as good as her other works. Having been a loyal fan for years, sadly, I think her best work is behind her. Jennifer Chiaverini's book is about Elizabeth Keckley, Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker. She gained her fame as Mrs. Lincoln's modiste - but she was far more than that; she was Mrs.

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Lincoln's dear friend and confidante, seeing her through several tough times. Elizabeth, as the narrator spoke to me vividly and perhaps a telling comment is when she describes her father telling her to "learn your book. Chiaverini tells this story with pathos, poetic license and yet a dedication to historical facts and rightly states that "In Washington's colored community, rank was determined according to one's wealth, distance from slavery, and lightness of skin tone. Despite her immense success as a modiste dressmaker and her acceptance by the president's family Elizabeth was intensely aware of the way people of her race were treated.

She uses the example of Tad Lincoln's struggles with reading to express her opinion that "If a white child appeared dull, he and he alone was thought to suffer from a lack of intelligence The author uses Elizabeth's ties with her ex-owners' families to illustrate her belief "that love is too strong to be blown away like gossamer threads.

That sums up the book - Elizabeth's infinite capacity to love. I was a bit disappointed with this book.

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I thought the author, known for her quilt books, would have made this subject matter a bit less dry. I recently read a very short story about this subject matter and was satisfied with that. I thought this book would be a bit more interesting than it was. I read about a quarter of the book and gave up for a more interesting book.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

If you lean towards historical books, this is the book for you. Slow-going at times, this novel is an insider's look at what could have been going on during the time leading up to and through the Civil War, as well as many years after.

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Elizabeth Keckley is portrayed as a sensitive, insightful, honourable woman, who mostly was true to sound values. Now I want to do some research on her and read non-fiction about her. This book was not as alive for me as Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt novels, but it is an interesting and enjoyable read. Skip to main navigation Skip to main navigation Skip to search Skip to search Skip to content.

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Costco pick of the month for January LIncoln's Dressmaker makes history come alive. Very well written, and quite moving. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item You may have already requested this item.

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