Friday, May 17, 2013
Book Review: Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
I liked this book. Jennifer Chiaverini wrote an unsentimental, yet fascinating story of two very different women and how their lives twine together. Elizabeth Keckley is a former slave that rises to be the premier dressmaker in the United States. Not only does she gain Mary Lincoln's patronage, but the respect of Varina Davis, the President of the Confederacy as well. In many ways it's a story of the American dream, that anyone with a skill and an idea can overcome great obstacles. It a tale of loyalty, and friendship. Using the backdrop of famous people, amazing times and the horror of war, it a great read that gives us an interesting picture of life in 18th century America that tested the strength and tenacity of the American people.