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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.