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Mary Lincoln's Flannel Pajamas: And Other Stories from the First Ladies' Closet Paperback – April 1, 2016
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"A delightful read. Hats off to author and presidential historian Feather Schwartz Foster!" -Karen L. Schnitzspahn, author of Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore and other books.
"You'll never again think the same of first ladies." -Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora and New York Times Bestseller The Lion and the Journalist.
"Feather Schwartz Foster has always had a fun, easy and unique way of writing about this group of women that is so near and dear to my heart - The First Ladies of the United States of America. She has an amazing ability to dig up the most interesting and rarely heard stories, and tells them in her own way, which makes them endlessly enjoyable. This latest compilation of tales is no exception." -Andrew Och, The First Ladies Man, Author of Unusual For Their Time Contracted Producer for the C-SPAN series First Ladies: Influence and Image.
"A delightful read. Fashion has always made a statement and the first ladies' clothing reflects not only their tastes but the times they lived in. These short stories featuring specific items such as a hat or an apron, gowns or jewelry, are both amusing and enlightening. Hats off to author and presidential historian Feather Schwartz Foster!" -Karen L. Schnitzspahn, author of Remarkable Women of the New Jersey Shore and other books.
"There are few contemporary chroniclers of America's first ladies more adept than Feather Schwartz Foster. Her ability to penetrate the obvious and predictable has made for some endearing and revealing profiles. How comes her latest, Mary Lincoln's Flannel Pajamas and other stories from the First Ladies' Closet, which takes the reader deep into the persona of the women who shared their husbands (and others) with history. It's a warm and insightful look behind the scenes. You'll never again think the same of first ladies." -Chip Bishop, author of Quentin and Flora and New York Times Bestseller The Lion and the Journalist.
"I found the stories from the First Ladies' Closet fascinating and entertaining. Fashions pertaining to First Ladies are intriguing. These fun-loving stories of the world of fashion of First Ladies are insightful and are sure to make you smile!" -Farron W. Smith, Founder, Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation & Museum.
"Feather Schwartz Foster has written a unique and enjoyable book in which the personalities and demeanor of the First Ladies comes into sharp focus. Reading Foster's well-written and engaging stories about the clothing of presidential wives creates an intimate bond between the reader and these remarkable women, who lived at the center of American history. This book combines presidential and First Lady history with fashion and clothing choices, and in the process breathes new life and vibrancy into women who are sometimes forgotten or viewed as distant historical figures. And significantly, Foster's unique contribution to the literature of First Lady history also opens windows of insight into the lives of the presidents." -Mike Purdy, Presidential Historian and Author at www.PresidentialHistory.com
From the Back Cover
...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!
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I also read her blog and don't think I've ever read one of her essays on our First Ladies without learning something new. How Ms. Foster keeps such a steady stream of little known, intriguing stories and tells them so succinctly is beyond me. She is truly an expert in this field and a grand storyteller, and I can't wait to see what collection of tales she comes out with next.