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Thread: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeank View Post
    I just finished Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest book, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.
    This is one of her better books. I give it a good review.

    I was wondering how much was true and how much was fiction, Jennifer stayed with the facts, embellishing only to make an interesting story. I located this biography of Elizabeth which I found interesting to back up the facts.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Keckly

    If you would like to read the book that is mentioned in the story, I found it free for the Kindle on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Behind-Scenes-...+years+a+slave

    The recent movie on Lincoln showed Elizabeth Keckly in the box at Ford’s theater when President Lincoln was shot. She was not there, I found no references to indicate that she was present. Jennifer Chiaverini’s version is more likely.

    Jean
    Ohh! Thank you sooooo much! I just ordered it from Amazon for my kindle!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUBQ View Post
    Thank you SO much for the information.. After your message, I spent quite awhile reading about "Elizabeth" on Wikipidia..Have downloaded the free kindle copy on my Christmas kindle.. thanks again....Very noble looking portrait on there......
    Me too!! Now I am heading for the website of my library to see what I can get there for free!!-oops! forgot, my taxes paid for that!!!!!

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    I read Elizabeth Keckley's book "Behind the Scenes or, Thirty years a slave, and Four Years in the White House", several years ago, and really enjoyed it. It amazed me that a woman who came from slavery could earn her freedom, and open a dressmaking business, and not only make beautiful dresses for the first lady, but for the Washington elite as well. She used her skills at dressmaking to her advantage, and it saved her from slavery.

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    I loved Chiaverini's new book, too. Thanks for the link to Keckly's autobiography!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Me too!! Now I am heading for the website of my library to see what I can get there for free!!-oops! forgot, my taxes paid for that!!!!!
    Yep!! Free IS getting tossed around here...It cost me a year's membership for my 'free' stuff on kindle...Mmmm..

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    Thanks for this - especially for the info about the Kindle book! I've downloaded it and plan to read it soon.

    Anyone who does not have a Kindle can read this book - yes, for free(!) on the free Kindle for PC (and other devices) http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm...cId=1000493771 .
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    I've been wanting this book but am too cheap to buy it. Finally got around to checking my library website yesterday and luckily they have it. I put a hold on it and am just waiting for the e-mail that it's ready for me to pick up. Sounds like a very interesting book!

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    Thanks....just downloaded the free book for my Kindle....now to check out Jennifer's latest book!!!
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    Thanks for the info. I just downloaded for free too. And I don't have any kind of paid membership with them.
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    I am about half way though Jennifer's book and really am enjoying it. I have made a note for the other two book and will look for them for my kindle too.

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