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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Kim MANTENO, IL, United States 03-04-13
    Kim MANTENO, IL, United States 03-04-13
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    "Great read from a great author again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! As always, Jennifer Chiaverini does not disappoint. She takes an explosive subject and place in time and brings it to life so that you feel you were there.


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