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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker | [Jennifer Chiaverini]

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

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.
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New York Times best-selling 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.

©2013 Jennifer Chiaverini (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Amy Coweta, OK, United States 07-26-13
    Amy Coweta, OK, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker again? Why?

    This book gives you a view of the White House from the inside. My boyfriend is reading in "A Team of Rivals". We compared things and events that happened. Amazing book, Amazing performance. Love this book. Will recommend this book.


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    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 06-25-13
    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    In my opinion, this book wasn't actually about Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker as much as it was about Mrs. Lincoln and her emotional distress. I had presumed the story was going to follow the life of the dressmaker, but the dressmaker's story was secondary to Mrs. Lincoln's story.

    Prior to reading this book, I knew that Mrs. Lincoln had struggled with emotional issues throughout her life. This book gave the impression that Mrs. Lincoln was a self-centered basket case. I do not know which is the more accurate picture. As for the dressmaker, the little we learn about her life in this book is fascinating. She would be considered quite an accomplished person in any era.

    This book was interesting, but I thought it dragged on for too long. I'm glad to have listened to it, and I was glad when it was over.

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    Janet Sandy, UT, United States 05-03-13
    Janet Sandy, UT, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderfully Insightful"

    This book was written for me to read. My love of history, especially the civil war. I am also a seamstress, so that part of the book peaked my interest also. I have to say it did not disappoint me in anyway. Totally worth it.

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    Nom D. Plume Ohio 04-30-13
    Nom D. Plume Ohio 04-30-13 Member Since 2009

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    What did you love best about Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker?

    We travel often and have, for years, listened to Audible books on our trips. I received a tip at work that my wife would enjoy "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" so I suggested it. We downloaded and began listening.

    While this is not an "edge-of-the-seat-page-turner" it was very well written and gave great insight into one of the greatest president's we have ever had. Since I do the majority of the driving I need something that will keep my interest and keep me awake. This book did just that.

    The best part? For a guy: It didn't dwell heavily on the dressmaking aspect of things!


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her inflections as well as her well thought out voicing of the characters were very good. Sometimes narrators go over the top and voice a character in a manner that seems ridiculous. Christina Moore seemed to capture most of the characters quite well.


    If you could take any character from Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    President Abraham Lincoln...duh! LOL. Who would choose to go with any of the other characters???


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very thought provoking narrative. I appreciate the short addendum at the end of the book explaining what part was fictionalized in order to tell a better story, but over all it was a very true telling of actual events.

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    k CORDOVA, TN, United States 04-27-13
    k CORDOVA, TN, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Two Worlds in one space and time ignite here!"
    Where does Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite High!


    What other book might you compare Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker to and why?

    The original book


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Far too many to list.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Perhaps a few more than one.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen with history and fiction.

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    Margaret Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 04-14-13
    Margaret Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 04-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    This was one of the best historical books I have read! Great history with a terrific story

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    vanessa GARNER, NC, United States 03-12-13
    vanessa GARNER, NC, United States 03-12-13
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    "wonderful listening plesure."

    i am a quilter, and i listen to as many books as possible. i can and do read some things but it is a chose to just free my hand to do work on my quilts. or any type of crafts.

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    Theresa Hackensack, NJ, United States 03-04-13
    Theresa Hackensack, NJ, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mid-level I'd say. I don't usually read these type of books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal interaction of characters.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    She was very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    LauraBilbrey Conyers, Gabon 03-04-13
    LauraBilbrey Conyers, Gabon 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I did not like Mrs Lincoln character"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Chiaverini and/or Christina Moore?

    Yes, book was well written, interesting story, historially and on a personal level. Performance by narratior was excellent.
    AS the book progressed I did not like the main character, I thought she betrayed Mrs. Lincoln.


    Has Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    It was very natural, as thou you were telling a story to a friend.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, as I was listening to it on weekend of Presidents Day, I felt like I was surrounded by the Lincoln family, as this book proves they were a family with many of the same problems todays family face..


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    scott Paia, HI, United States 07-07-13
    scott Paia, HI, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I was expecting..."
    What would have made Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker better?

    This book seemed to be much more of a written detail of events than a narrative about Mrs. Lincoln. Not what I was expecting.


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