Over the years, I've been so blinded by the importance of our 16th president that, until I read this month's book buyer's pick, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, by Jennifer Chiaverini, I gave little thought to Mary Lincoln. And I certainly gave no thought to her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley.
But theirs is a relationship worth reading about. For example, Keckley spent many years as a slave before buying freedom for her son and herself. After meeting Mary Lincoln, Keckley became not only the first lady's dressmaker, but also her confidante. And Mary Lincoln, who outlived her husband and three of their sons, is a fascinating woman who battled depression for the last several years of her life. Together, they make for a reading experience that won't soon be forgotten.
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