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Subject: This is why I love reading.....*Spoiler Alert**
Date Posted: 7/20/2009 7:31 PM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2009
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I was advised that what I posted in Club Member's Thoughts would also be a good thread for Hidden Gems and for Historical Fiction:

So I'm on page 312 of 624 of Mary by Janis Cooke Newman. It's based on the diaries of Mary Todd Lincoln. So far I'm just blown away. I want to tell you all the interesting and shocking stuff I've learned so far, but I want all of you to read it for yourself. One thing I will share is that, I've now just reinforced my theory that textbooks teach you nothing interesting. I can see myself on a mission to read all the biographies of first ladies, even the ones  dubbed "fiction" like this one, starting with good ole Martha.

Ok, I added a spoiler alert.

Can you believe that Mary cheated on Mr. Lincoln!!! I couldn't believe it! Right after he became president, Mrs. Lincoln was escorted by a general to New York to buy much needed re-decorations for the white house because it was absolutely falling apart. To begin, Mary was a very passionate person, and as part of the deal in marrying Abe, she had to suppress this passion because Abe claimed it would drive him mad to unleash his own passion. So I guess she just couldn't help herself, and she goes into detail about how her and this general went at it all night. Someone found out and sent an anonymous letter to Abe.

Also, she was pretty much commited just because of the unsuppressable passion in bed and her extreme love of shopping. We'd all be commited if that were the case now!

I just had to get all this off my chest. Haha.

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 9:18 AM ET
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I'll have to read this book.  When I think of MTL I always picture a very dour, boring woman.  Thanks for the spoiler.

Date Posted: 7/21/2009 11:41 AM ET
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This book is a novel so of course they can write whatever they want about Mary!  LOL   Sometimes we tend to think fiction is more interesting than facts and why not?  You can write fiction any way you choose.  Looks like a good read!

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 7/21/2009 9:27 PM ET
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I have read two non-ficition books, one on lincoln (With Malice Toward None) and one on Mary (The Trials of MRs Lincoln ). IN Malice they hinted that Mary may have cheated on Abe, but never said so. They talked about how she had inapropriate friendships with men in Washington. She would entertain them in her own drawing room. she ran up a credit account of $28k behind Abe's back thinkign she had plenty of time to raise money from her gentlemen friends before they would be out of the white house. Than when he died, she was put out on the street. They gave her no salary. Her son was embarrased by her and had her put in an assylum when she tried to sell her dresses to raise money. The Trials, was about her sueing to prove she wasnt crazy. I highly recommend both books.