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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mrs. Lincoln's Dress Maker By Jenniefer Chiaverini

Summary: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.

 My Thoughts:  Since  I volunteer at our local library I have been aware of this author for some time since we receive her books on a regular basis. None of her books have really struck my fancy until I saw this one on Net Galley . This is one book that will transport you back in time  and make you feel that you are there with Lizzie and Mrs. Lincoln as they have their conversations about gowns and the hot topics of the day.
One of my  favorite books of 2013 so far, If you have seen the movie LINCOLN Lizzie makes her appearance in the film as well  so watch for her in the film.  Thanks to Net Galley For the Review Copy.
Friday, January 4, 2013

New Novel Coming For Downton Fans

Like everyone else I am awaiting the arrival of the Crawley family on my TV this weekend. I received a email in my inbox about the Author Wendy Wax's Upcoming novel Titled
While Were watching Downton Abbey. Coming In April.

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be. Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.
PS Don't Forget to tune in Sunday For The Season 3 Premier
Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Book of the Year

I am a bit late on this post but better late than never :)I have been crazy busy this year with helping at the library that my personal reading had really been slacking.   I did managed to squeeze in a few good books for 2012. Some of them I didnt get the chance to review here but they still deserve to be on the list.
 This years book of the year is 
This was one of those books I fell in love with
the characters and the history behind the book was
just delightful.
 The Honarable Mentions for this year are:
Another Fantastic book from
Christine Trent!
I am addicted to Gregg's books!
these are two of his fictional crime books but you
would never know they were fiction.
Georgie always makes the list this year She made it twice!
So there is my list I hope every one hasa wonderful 2013!