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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
by Jennifer Chiaverini | Literature & Fiction
Registered by weeder of Worthington, Ohio USA on 1/22/2013
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by weeder): available


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by weeder from Worthington, Ohio USA on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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From the front flap of the paper bookcover: In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. She earned her freedom by the skill of her needle and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln with her devotion. In her sweeping historical novel, "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker," New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln's days. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingminesaynwing at Huron, Ohio USA on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Received in the mail as of today (was away for much of the week with father-in-law's funeral). Will get to reading as soon as reasonably possible (I have two book ring books that I hope to finish up in the next few weeks). Thanks for including me in the ring; I am looking forward to reading this one; I have never read any of her novels before. I appreciated the note about the book signing at the Golden Lamb. I know the area well as I lived in the Dayton area for close to thirty years. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingminesaynwing at Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, April 15, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (4/15/2013 UTC) at Herndon, Virginia USA

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Based on the real life events of Elizabeth Keckley, Chiaverini tells the story of this woman who made the clothing for various women in the Washington, DC area including Mary Todd Lincoln. More than that, she became a friend and confidante to Mrs. Lincoln for many years until they had a parting of the ways. It is more the story of their relationship than Mrs. Keckley's story. Yet, this woman lived a remarkable life, and the novel is worth the read.

Sending on to the next reader in the ring (sorry it took so long, but thanks for allowing me the opportunity to read it) via Sterling, VA. 


Journal Entry 4 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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It was a nice surprise to walk to my desk after being on a business trip and find this book waiting for me.

Thanks for sending. I am looking forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 5 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Friday, May 24, 2013

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I enjoyed this book. It seemed slow going at the begining but at a certain point I just flew through the book.

I would love to read Behind the Scenes. 


Journal Entry 6 by mssaver at Chicago, Illinois USA on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Just heard my front door thumped, went down, opened the door, and the book was right between the screen door and the front door. I'm looking forward to it, fortunately just finishing the last few pages of a book I'm reading now. 


Journal Entry 7 by mssaver at Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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What a wonderful book! When I received the book, I had known about Mary Todd Lincoln, but I had never known anything about Elizabeth Keckley. It's very serious and also very friendly with Elizabeth. 


Journal Entry 8 by ravencat at Lancaster, New York USA on Sunday, June 16, 2013

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Arrived yesterday and just finishing my current book so perfect timing! Can't wait to get start reading it! Thanks weeder for sharing.
 


Journal Entry 9 by ravencat at Lancaster, New York USA on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (7/17/2013 UTC) at Lancaster, New York USA

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I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the story of Mary Lincoln and the special friendship she found in Ms. Keckley. Oh how I would love to see that quilt! Also enjoyed reading the info on meeting the author! Now on its way to heartthumper. Thank you so much for sharing this book. USPS DEL CONF # 9549 0104 3697 3198 3825 62 


Journal Entry 10 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Monday, July 22, 2013

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Arrived today. Moving it to the top of Mt TBR. Thanks for sharing. I love her books. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingheartthumperwing at Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Wednesday, August 07, 2013

10 out of 10

Well worth reading. I had not read much about Mrs. Lincoln, only her husband. I found the story of Elizabeth Keckley heart-wrenching. The companionship and loyalty she gave to Mrs. Lincoln was admirable. Loved the story. 


Journal Entry 12 by wingheartthumperwing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, August 07, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/7/2013 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Off to hyphen8 to continue it's journey.

Delivery Confirmation #9114 9010 7574 2690 7451 66 


Journal Entry 13 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Arrived today with a lovely Colorado postcard and some very colorful butterfly labels. I'm in the process of finishing up the last bookray that arrived, so this book will be next on my list!

weeder, your story about meeting the author was lovely - I think you should consider adding some of it to your journal entry (and you've inspired me to add some more info to my journal entry for a book I picked up at a signing earlier this summer).

(Larger photo here.) 


Journal Entry 14 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, August 25, 2013

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I haven't started the book yet, but it looks like Behind the Scenes is available online at a couple of sites:

Documenting the American South
Project Gutenberg

More info about the quilt:

Quilter's World (PDF)
Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman's Blog 


Journal Entry 15 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (9/9/2013 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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A fascinating story about an extraordinary woman: Elizabeth Keckley was born a slave but as a free woman she made dresses for the wives of some of the most prominent American men of the 19th century. Thank you weeder, for sharing this book with us.

Almost forgot to count this for NancyNova's 2013-2014 US states & territories reading challenge - this is book 32/59.

Mailed back to Ohio on 9/09/13 via media mail: tracking # 9114 9011 2308 6446 3002 51 


Journal Entry 16 by weeder at Worthington, Ohio USA on Saturday, September 28, 2013

8 out of 10

I started this book out by sending it to minesayn in OH, then it went to VA, IL, NY, KS, Hi, and back home to me in OH. The book and its dust cover returned in very good condition. Thanks to all of you. Since sending it out on this BookRing I've received four more requests for it so I'll be doing another BookRing with this fascinating book. If you're interested in joining the next Ring for it let me know ASAP.  


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