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Mary Lincoln S Flannel Pajamas

Author : Feather Schwartz Foster
ISBN : 1633932206
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Did Mary Lincoln really wear flannel pajamas? Why was Martha Washington's "dress" turned into a pincushion? How did Julia Grant's hat show support for the Confederacy? Did Edith Wilson really track mud onto the White House carpets? These are some of the stories (all true) that have been told about some of the First Ladies you may have forgotten about--or never knew. The stories are either factual, actual or "metaphorical" using an item of their clothing to propel the tale. You love their gowns at the Smithsonian; now you can love them better!
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Garfield S Train

Author : Feather Schwartz Foster
ISBN : 1413769152
Genre : Fiction
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Garfields Train is a novel of the New Jersey Shore, when Long Branch was the Gilded Strand of the Gilded Age. The wealthiest families in the country built elaborate 30-room cottages along the seacoast, frequented the casinos and racetracks, and lived the good life. Then President James Garfield was shot by an assassin in 1881. He lingered in pain for three months, and was finally brought to Long Branch to die. The fictional Dunbar family interacts with a supporting cast of General Grant, Roscoe Conkling, James G. Blaine, Susan B. Anthony, and of course, the whole Garfield family, recreating the bygone era of Long Branchs proudest hours.
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Author : Feather Schwartz Foster
ISBN : 1592863612
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities is a book of voices. First Ladies between Martha Washington and Mamie Eisenhower tell their own stories -- or, to be more exact, whatever they want -- in their own words and in their own styles. Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities crosses boundaries between fact, conjecture, and, most importantly, centuries. Through dialogue-boxes, the ladies talk to each other across eternity, where anything is possible. The modern First Ladies, from Mrs. Kennedy through Mrs. Clinton, participate in commentary. They talk to the reader and they talk amongst themselves. And they sympathize, empathize, and quarrel amongst themselves. They talk about their husbands, their children, the White House, and the times they lived in. And, of course, politics. It's chatty. It's catty. It's fun. It's informative. It's a must-read for anyone interested in history.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Virtues Of Aging

Author : Jimmy Carter
ISBN : 9780307764669
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"We are not alone in our worry about both the physical aspect of aging and the prejudice that exists toward the elderly, which is similar to racism or sexism. What makes it different is that the prejudice also exists among those of us who are either within this group or rapidly approaching it. When I have mentioned the title of this book to a few people, most of them responded, 'Virtues? What could possibly be good about growing old?' The most obvious answer, of course, is to consider the alternative to aging. But there are plenty of other good answers--many based on our personal experiences and observations. " --from THE VIRTUES OF AGING From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Being So Gentle

Author : Patricia Brady
ISBN : 9780230115644
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The forty-year love affair between Rachel and Andrew Jackson parallels a tumultuous period in American history. Andrew Jackson was at the forefront of the American revolution—but he never could have made it without the support of his wife. Beautiful, charismatic, and generous, Rachel Jackson had the courage to go against the mores of her times in the name of love. As the wife of a great general in wartime, she often found herself running their plantation alone and, a true heroine, she took in and raised children orphaned by the war. Like many great love stories, this one ends tragically when Rachel dies only a few weeks after Andrew is elected president. He moved into the White House alone and never remarried. Andrew and Rachel Jackson's devotion to one another is inspiring, and here, in Patricia Brady's vivid prose, their story of love and loss comes to life for the first time.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Unusual For Their Time

Author : Andrew Och
ISBN : 1943226121
Genre : Presidents' spouses
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FIRST LADIES MAN: "UNUSUAL FOR THEIR TIME: ON THE ROAD WITH AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES" BEHIND EVERY GREAT MAN IS AN EVEN GREATER WOMAN...OR IN THIS CASE...LADY. IF GEORGE WASHINGTON HAD NEVER MET AND MARRIED MARTHA DANDRIDGE CUSTIS, THIS BOOK WOULD BE CALLED SOMETHING QUITE DIFFERENT. IT MAY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE, OR PERHAPS NEVER WRITTEN AT ALL. IF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON HAD NEVER MARRIED, AMERICA WOULD BE A VERY DIFFERENT PLACE... OR QUITE POSSIBLY... NOT AMERICA AT ALL. MARTHA WASHINGTON WAS UNUSUAL FOR HER TIME. My name is Andrew Och and I am the "THE FIRST LADIES MAN." I have completed an unusual journey. This journey gave me the opportunity to learn about every First Lady of the United States from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. I have traveled to nearly every city, town, village, home, school, church, birthplace, cemetery, train station, farm, plantation, library, museum, general store, town center and cottage that relates to these women, these ladies. I wanted to find out what type of woman grows up to become married to a President of the United States. What I discovered was that many of our Presidents married up. Most of these men would not have made it to the White House without the help, influence, and support of their wives. Nearly all of our Presidents married a woman who was unusual for her time. I have travelled tens of thousands of miles in the lives, footsteps and shoes of these First Ladies, and in this book, you will now get to travel in mine.
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Author : J. Courtney Sullivan
ISBN : 9780307271983
Genre : Fiction
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The bestselling author of Maine brings us a sparkling tale of friendship and a fascinating portrait of the first generation of women who have all the opportunities in the world, but no clear idea about what to choose. Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith College, Celia, Bree, Sally, and April couldn’t have less in common. Celia, a lapsed Catholic, arrives with a bottle of vodka in her suitcase; beautiful Bree pines for the fiancé she left behind in Savannah; Sally, preppy and obsessively neat, is reeling from the loss of her mother; and April, a radical, redheaded feminist wearing a “Riot: Don’t Diet” T-shirt, wants a room transfer immediately. Written with radiant style and a wicked sense of humor, Commencement follows these unlikely friends through college and the years beyond, brilliantly capturing the complicated landscape facing young women today.
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Author : Charles Slack
ISBN : 9780062038111
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When J. P. Morgan called a meeting of New York's financial leaders after the stock market crash of 1907, Hetty Green was the only woman in the room. The Guinness Book of World Records memorialized her as the World's Greatest Miser, and, indeed, this unlikely robber baron -- who parlayed a comfortable inheritance into a fortune that was worth about 1.6 billion in today's dollars -- was frugal to a fault. But in an age when women weren't even allowed to vote, never mind concern themselves with interest rates, she lived by her own rules. In Hetty, Charles Slack reexamines her life and legacy, giving us, at long last, a splendidly "nuanced portrait" (Newsweek) of one of the greatest -- and most eccentric -- financiers in American history. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Unstoppable Brilliance

Author : Michael Fitzgerald
ISBN : 9781910742105
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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How much of what exceptional people achieve can be put down to their own efforts and inner drive, and how much to fate? In this groundbreaking study, the authors argue that the extraordinary achievements of key figures in Irish history were indeed unstoppable - a product of their character and unique way of interacting with the world. In a series of fascinating character studies, Antoinette Walker and Michael Fitzgerald argue that many of those who were crucial to the development of Ireland's political, scientific and artistic traditions - the revolutionaries Robert Emmet, Pádraig Pearse and Éamon de Valera; the scientist Robert Boyle, mathematician William Rowan Hamilton and ethnographer Daisy Bates; and the poet W. B. Yeats and writers James Joyce and Samuel Beckett - would, if they were alive today, be diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. The authors examine the character quirks that lead them to believe that all nine can be seen as 'Asperger geniuses'. They assert that this condition meant that all nine were virtually predestined to become exceptional figures in their chosen field and that, moreover, Asperger's syndrome can be seen as the key to genius in all ages and all cultures.
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Naked Lunch

Author : William S. Burroughs
ISBN : 0802197612
Genre : Fiction
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Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume—that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs—is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.
Category: Fiction