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Posted May 13, 2005
This is a great book on the unique relationship between Mrs. Lincoln and her dressmaker, a freed slave. I had not know about the existence of Lizzie Keckly, and found the book thoroughly engrossing. The author does a nice job of covering the lives of both women, and the book is well-written and easy to read. (The depth of research is very good, too.) I promise you will learn many things you never knew about the 'Lincoln story'. Don't hesitate to get this book if you have an interest in the Lincolns, slavery, women, the Civil War, or just the 19th century in general.
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Posted June 21, 2003
A Wonderful Accident
I picked up this book on a whim. I wanted something to read and couldn't seem to settle on anything. I read the title and just bought it. I really don't know why. I am now half way through and find my self trying to read snatches in between the demands of a house and two small boys. It is well written for the scolar and the layman, both. She explains much of the culture of the day in an easy fashion. It is a fasinating read for anyone that has grown up in the south. I have never read a book before that points out the inconsistancies of life in the south between white and black, and then explains them. It is worth your time.
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