Jennifer Chiaverini

1 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2013-01-15
Description :  <b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s compelling historical novel unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the perspective of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley.</b><br />&#xa0;<br />In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. <br /><br />A sweeping historical novel, <i>Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker </i>illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

2 Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2015-03-03
Description :  <b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker </i>and&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Lincoln's Rival </i>imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general’s wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake—until she forged a proud identity of her own.</b><br /><br />In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony.<br /><br />Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world.<br /><br />And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks—becoming general in chief of the Union Army—so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband’s side.<br /><br />Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women—Union and Confederate—she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.<br /><br /><i>Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule</i> is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow.

3 Sonoma Rose

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-02-21
Description :  <b> From <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a powerful and dramatic Prohibition-era story that follows the fortunes of Rosa Diaz Barclay, a woman who plunges into the unknown for the safety of her children and the love of a good but flawed man. </b><br />As the nation grapples with the strictures of Prohibition, Rosa Barclay lives on a Southern California rye farm with her volatile husband, John, who has lately found another source of income far outside the federal purview.<br /><br />Mother to eight children, Rosa mourns the loss of four who succumbed to the mysterious wasting disease that is now afflicting young Ana and Miguel. Two daughters born of another father are in perfect health. When an act of violence shatters Rosa's resolve to maintain her increasingly dangerous existence, she flees with the children and her precious heirloom quilts to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive.<br /><br />As a flash flood traps them in a treacherous canyon, only one man is brave-or foolhardy-enough to come to their rescue: Lars Jorgenson, Rosa's first love and the father of her healthy daughters. Together they escape to Berkeley, where a leading specialist offers their only hope of saving Ana and Miguel. Here in northern California, they create new identities to protect themselves from Rosa's vengeful husband, the police who seek her for questioning, and the gangsters Lars reported to Prohibition agents-officers representing a department often as corrupt as the Mob itself. Ever mindful that his youthful alcoholism provoked Rosa to spurn him, Lars nevertheless supports Rosa's daring plan to stake their futures on a struggling Sonoma Valley vineyard-despite the recent hardships of local winemakers whose honest labors at viticulture have, through no fault of their own, become illegal.

4 The Quilter's Apprentice

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-01-31
Description :  Jennifer Chiaverini’s bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series starts with <i>The Quilter’s Apprentice</i>, a timeless tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole, and begin the legacy of the Elm Street Quilters.<br /><br />When Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, move to Waterford, Pennsylvania, she hopes to make a fresh start in the small college town. Unable to find a job both practical and fulfilling, she takes a temporary position at Elm Creek Manor helping its reclusive owner Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale and after the death of her estranged sister. Sylvia is also a master quilter and, as part of Sarah’s compensation, offers to share the secrets of her creative gifts with the younger woman.<br /><br /> During their lessons, the intricate, varied threads of Sylvia’s life begin to emerge. It is the story of a young wife living through the hardships and agonies of the World War II home front; of a family torn apart by jealousy and betrayal; of misunderstanding, loss, and a tragedy that can never be undone. As the bond between them deepens, Sarah resolves to help Sylvia free herself from remembered sorrows and restore her life—and her home—to its former glory. In the process, she confronts painful truths about her own family, even as she creates new dreams for the future.<br /><br /> Just as the darker sections of a quilt can enhance the brighter ones, the mistakes of the past can strengthen understanding and lead the way to new beginnings. A powerful debut by a gifted storyteller, <i>The Quilter’s Apprentice </i>tells a timeless tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole.

5 The Giving Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-10-30
Description :  <b>“Why do you give?” asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper in <i>The Giving Quilt</i>, the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year. <br /><br /></b>At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters—a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among them—gather for a special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus. (In real life, Chiaverini has long been active in this charitable organization, dedicated to providing handmade quilts and blankets to children in need.) <br /><br />Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia’s provocative question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human connection and its rich rewards. <br /><br />Featuring not only well-loved characters but also intriguing newcomers, <i>The Giving Quilt </i>will remind us all: Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile.

6 The Wedding Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2011-11-01
Description :  <b> The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series continues, with a novel that celebrates one of America's most romantic and enduring traditions. </b><br />Sarah McClure arrived at Elm Creek Manor as a newlywed, never suspecting that her quilting lessons with master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson would inspire the successful and enduring business Elm Creek Quilts, whose members have nurtured a circle of friendship spanning generations.<br /><br /><i>The Wedding Quilt</i> opens as the wedding day of Sarah's daughter Caroline approaches. As Sarah has learned, a union celebrates not only the betrothed couple's passage into wedlock, but also the contributions of those who have made the bride and groom the unique people they are. Thus Sarah's thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present-the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, and the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.<br /><br />A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor: of sisterhood, of community, of hope for the future. The blocks in Caroline's wedding quilt will display the signatures of beloved guests. As the Elm Creek Quilters circulate amid the festive preparations with pens and fabric in hand, memories of the Manor-and of the women who have lived there, in happiness and in sorrow-spill forth, rendering a vivid pastiche of family, friendship, and love in all its varieties.

7 The Aloha Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Romance  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2010-04-06
Description :  Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter’s retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibrant colors and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands. Soon Bonnie finds herself looking out on sparkling waters and banyan trees, planning quilting courses, and learning the history and intricacies of Hawaiian quilting, all the while helping Claire run the inn.<br /><br />As Bonnie’s adventure unfolds, it quickly becomes clear that Claire’s new business isn’t the only excitement in store for her. Her cheating, soon-to-be ex-husband decides he wants her stake in Elm Creek Quilts, which threatens not only her financial well-being but her dearest friendships as well. Luckily she has the artistic challenge of creating her own unique Hawaiian quilt pattern to distract her—and new friends like Hinano Paoa, owner of the Nä Mele Hawai‘i Music Shop, who introduces Bonnie to the fascinating traditions of Hawaiian culture and reminds her that love can be found when and where you least expect it.

8 The Quilter's Kitchen

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Family  Books  Fiction & Literature  Cookbooks, Food & Wine 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2008-10-07
Description :  Anna Del Maso had known that she wanted to be a chef since she was in the seventh grade. "Somehow everything in my life ends up being about food," she realizes, as she begins the latest of her food-themed quilts. Her twin passions have converged in a brand-new position as head chef for Elm Creek Quilts, Waterford, Pennsylvania's popular quilting retreat. <br /><br /> As she joins the circle of quilters at historic Elm Creek Manor, Anna is eager to preserve the manor's culinary heritage, dating to 1858, while also celebrating the new favorites of their many guests. Yet as Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson well knows, the manor's kitchen, last updated in the 1940s, can't create food that compares to the state-of-the-art quilting instruction for which Elm Creek Quilts is renowned. <br /><br /> A full renovation of the kitchen must be completed by the start of the new camp season. Though the task is daunting, Anna is assured in her belief that "A kitchen is the heart of a home." As she and Sylvia begin to dismantle the old to make way for the new, Sylvia's reminiscences remind them both of just how many of the manor's traditions have involved food and celebrations. Whether the feast is one of the holiday menus prepared and enjoyed by generations of Bergstroms, or one of the Welcome Banquets and Farewell Breakfasts that have become hallmarks of Elm Creek Quilt Camp, there is a story for every recipe, and a recipe for every story. <br /><br /> <i>The Quilter's Kitchen</i> follows Anna's flavorful explorations of the kitchens of Elm Creek Manor, past and present. As she records beloved recipes and creates original dishes seasoned with love, she discovers anew how the gifts of the table gather friends and family ever closer.

9 The Quilter’s Ghost

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2015-10-01
Description :  On a brisk and blustery Halloween night, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters gather at Elm Creek Manor, where Sylvia’s sister-in-law, Agnes, shares an&#xa0;unsettling story from Bergstrom family history, a mystery that defies logical explanation. Could it be that the gray stone walls of&#xa0;Elm Creek Manor shelter the restless spirit of one of Sylvia’s ancestors?<br /><br /> New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini revisits the world of her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series in this spooky Halloween short.<br /><br /> Includes a quilt pattern for the Chimneys and Cornerstones quilt featured in the story.

10 Enchantress of Numbers

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-12-05
Description :  <b><i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini&#xa0;illuminates the life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron's daughter and the world's first computer progammer.<br /> </b>&#xa0;<br /> The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of&#xa0;the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada's infamous and destructively passionate father, is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother&#xa0;provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and&#xa0;science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is&#xa0;promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at&#xa0;last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does&#xa0;she realize how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage—the brilliant,&#xa0;charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine—will define her destiny.<br /><br /><i>Enchantress of Numbers</i>&#xa0;unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely&#xa0;unheralded pioneer in computing—a young woman who stepped out of her father’s&#xa0;shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would&#xa0;shape the future.

11 The Master Quilter

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Religious 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-11-01
Description :  <i>The Master Quilter</i> opens with the sound of wedding bells ringing in the ears of the Elm Creek Quilters. The close-knit group can hardly believe that their own Sylvia Compson planned her holiday wedding to sweetheart Andrew in complete secrecy, without the help of even one of her friends. Eager to honor the newlyweds, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt for their favorite Master Quilter. Until the time comes to unveil the surprise gift, they reason, Sylvia will be the one in the dark. <br /> Such little white lies seem harmless enough, especially in the service of future happiness. Yet Elm Creek Manor, and the quilting retreat established there by the Elm Creek Quilters, thrives on the strength of women sharing their creativity, their challenges, and their dreams. Somehow, in the race to commemorate in Sylvia's bridal quilt all that they hold dear about her wisdom, skill, and devotion, they forget to give honesty its pride of place. <br /> As the quilt blocks accumulate, the Elm Creek Quilters celebrate the joy of new beginnings and the ongoing success of their business -- until forces conspire to threaten their happiness and prosperity. Two among them falter in their personal relationships, yet they are too proud to share their pain. The financial problems of another leave the quilt project vulnerable to a malicious act that may prevent its completion. And as two others weigh the comfort of the present against dreams of a future far from Elm Creek Manor, closely guarded secrets strain the bonds of friendship with those who may be left behind. <br /> The <i>Dallas Morning News</i> has praised the Elm Creek Quilts series as "classics of their kind," and <i>The Master Quilter</i> is Chiaverini's latest gift to readers.

12 The Christmas Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Religious  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-11-01
Description :  When Christmas Eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, even subdued, Christmas. Her young friend Sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven't been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished. <br /><br /> Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters -- her great aunt, her mother, her sister, and herself. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge. <br /><br /> At Elm Creek Manor, Christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues -- joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving. As each successive generation of Bergstroms lived through its unique trials -- the antebellum era, the Great Depression, World War II -- tradition offered sustenance even during the most difficult times. For Sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt. <br /><br /> Elm Creek Manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe. Sylvia's tales at first seem to inform her family legacy but ultimately illuminate far more, from the importance of women's art to its place in commemorating our shared experience, at Christmastime and in every season.

13 The Sugar Camp Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-11-01
Description :  <i>A week after Uncle Jacob's death, Abel Wright came to pay his respects. Dorothea Granger took him to the grave and stood some distance away while he bowed his head in silent prayer. Then he looked up and said, "I have something to tell you and your folks."</i> <br /> History is thick with secrets in <i>The Sugar Camp Quilt,</i> seventh in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series from bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini. Set in Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the years leading up to the Civil War, the story begins with friends and neighbors taking sides in the abolitionist debate, and as events unfold, an ex-traordinary young heroine passes from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery. <br /> A dutiful daughter and niece, Dorothea Granger finds her dreams of furthering her education thwarted by the needs of home. A gifted quilter, she tragically loses her hope chest in a flood. A superior student, she is promoted from pupil to teacher -- only to lose her position to the privileged son of a town benefactor. But the ultimate test of her courage and convictions comes with the death of her stern uncle Jacob, who inexplicably had asked Dorothea to stitch him a quilt with four unusual patterns of his own design. After he meets with a violent end, Dorothea discovers that the quilt contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. Emboldened by the revelations about her uncle's bravery, Dorothea resolves to continue his dangerous work. Armed with the Sugar Camp Quilt and its mysterious symbols, she must evade slavecatchers and outwit unscrupulous neighbors, embarking upon a heroic journey that allows her to discover her own courage and resourcefulness -- unsuspected qualities that may win her the heart of the best man she has ever known. <br /> Told with Jennifer Chiaverini's trademark historical suspense, <i>The Sugar Camp Quilt</i> blends danger, moral courage, romance, and hope into a novel of antebellum America whose lessons resonate with timeless honesty.

14 Circle of Quilters

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2010-05-11
Description :  The ninth book in Jennifer Chiaverini's bestselling series—when two of Elm Creek Quilts’ founding members decide to leave the fold, who can possibly take their place in the circle of quilters?<br /><br />When Elm Creek Quilts announces openings for two new teachers, quilters everywhere are vying to land the prestigious post. The impending departure of two founding members means untold changes for the Elm Creek Quilters. As they begin the interview process, a single question emerges: Who can possibly take the place of beloved colleagues and friends?<br /><br />"We must evaluate all of the applicants' qualities," advises Master Quilter Sylvia Compson. "Our choice will say as much about us as it says about who we decide to hire." Who merits a place among the circle of quilters? Will it be Maggie, whose love of history shines through in all her projects; Anna, whose food-themed quilts are wonderfully innovative; Russ, the male quilter with a completely original style; Karen, a novice teacher whose gifts for language complement her deep understanding of the quilters' mission; or Gretchen, the soulful veteran whose craft is inspired by quilting tradition?

15 The Quilter's Legacy

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-11-01
Description :  Readers of Jennifer Chiaverini's popular and engaging Elm Creek Quilts series are treated in each successive volume to storytelling that expertly weaves the joys and intricacies of history, quilting, and family ties. In <i>The Quilter's Legacy,</i> a daughter's search for her mother's treasured heirlooms illuminates life in Manhattan and rural Pennsylvania at the turn of the last century. <br /> When precious heirloom quilts hand-stitched by her mother turn up missing from the attic of Elm Creek Manor, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson resolves to find them. From scant resources -- journal entries, receipts, and her own fading memories -- she pieces together clues, then queries quilting friends from around the world. When dozens of leads arrive via the Internet, Sylvia and her fiancé, Andrew, embark on a nationwide investigation of antiques shops and quilt museums. <br /> Sylvia's quest leads her to unexpected places, where offers of assistance are not always what they seem. As the search continues, revelations surface about her mother, Eleanor Lockwood, who died in 1930, when Sylvia was only a child. Burdened with poor health and distant parents, Eleanor Lockwood defied her family by marrying for love. Far from her Manhattan home, she embraced her new life among the Bergstroms -- but although warmth and affection surrounded Eleanor at last, the Bergstroms could not escape the tragedies of their times. <br /> As Sylvia recovers some of the missing quilts and accepts others as lost forever, she reflects on the woman her mother was and mourns the woman she never knew. For every daughter who has yearned to know the untold story of her mother's life, and for every mother who has longed to be heard, <i>The Quilter's Legacy</i> will resonate with heartfelt honesty as it reveals what tenuous connections bind the generations and celebrates the love that sustains them.

16 Fates and Traitors

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-09-13
Description :  The&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling author of&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker</i>&#xa0;returns with a riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> John Wilkes Booth, the mercurial son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, committed one of the most notorious acts in American history—the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The subject of more than a century of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession, Booth is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, a violent loner whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. Lost to history until now is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved&#xa0;him in return: Mary Ann, the steadfast matriarch of the Booth family; Asia, his loyal sister and confidante; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator’s daughter who adored Booth yet tragically misunderstood the intensity of his wrath; and Mary Surratt, the Confederate widow entrusted with the secrets of his vengeful plot.&#xa0;<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <i>Fates and Traitors</i>&#xa0;brings to life pivotal actors—some willing, others unwitting—who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation. Chiaverini portrays not just a soul in turmoil but a country at the precipice of immense change.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

17 A Quilter's Holiday

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Romance 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2009-11-03
Description :  The Elm Creek Quilters are home for the holidays in this heartwarming Christmas story from<i> New York Times</i> bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini.<br /><br />For the Elm Creek Quilters, the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the quilting season, a time to gather at Elm Creek Manor and spend the day stitching holiday gifts for loved ones. This year, in keeping with the season's spirit of gratitude, Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper is eager to revive a cherished family tradition. A recent remodeling of the manor's kitchen unearthed a cornucopia that once served as the centerpiece of the Bergstrom family's holiday table. Into it, each Bergstrom would place an object that symbolized something he or she was especially thankful for that year. On this quilter's holiday, Sylvia has invited her friends to continue the tradition by sewing quilt blocks that represent their thankfulness and gratitude.<br /><br /> As each quilter explains the significance of her carefully chosen block, stories of love and longing for family and friends emerge—feelings that are also expressed in the gifts they work on throughout the day.<br /><br /> As an early winter storm blankets Elm Creek Manor in heavy snow, the quilters find new meanings in their best-loved traditions and new reasons to be thankful. <i>A Quilter's Holiday </i>is a story of holiday spirit, in its truest, most generous sense.

18 The Quilter's Homecoming

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-04-10
Description :  A Roaring Twenties tale of boom and bust unfolds as young bride Elizabeth Bergstrom Nelson sets off with her husband, Henry, from her family home of Elm Creek Manor in Pennsylvania to start a new life in the unfamiliar terrain of southern California. Expecting to assume ownership of Triumph Ranch, the couple instead learns that their deed is a fake, and that they must work for the rightful proprietors to earn their keep. Resourceful Elizabeth trades her trousseau—including the fine quilts stitched by her Bergstrom relatives—for the practical goods the Nelsons need to survive, and finds friendship with California native Rosa Diaz Barclay. When Elizabeth discovers a mysterious cache of quilts made by a member of the Diaz family that reveals a misplaced legacy of love, land, and ancestral ties, it becomes clear that only by stitching the rift between the past and the future can the inhabitants of Triumph Ranch hope to live in peace alongside history.

19 The Winding Ways Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2008-04-08
Description :  Jennifer Chiaverini's bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series continues with <i>The Winding Ways Quilt</i>, in which the arrival of newcomers into the circle of quilters heralds unexpected journeys down pathways near and far.<br /><br />Quilters have flocked to Elm Creek Manor to learn from Master Quilter Sylvia Compson and her expert colleagues. There's Sarah, Sylvia's onetime apprentice who's paired her quilting accomplishments with a mind for running the business of Elm Creek Quilts; Agnes, who has a gift for appliqué; Gwen, who stitches innovative art quilts; Diane, a whiz at the technicalities of quick-piecing; and Bonnie, with her encyclopedic knowledge of folk art patterns. But with Judy and Summer, two other founding members of the Elm Creek Quilters, departing to pursue other opportunities, will the new teachers be able to fill in the gaps created by the loss of their expertise—and more important, their friendship?<br /><br />"When I think of all the different paths I could have followed in my life, all the twists and turns that could have led me anywhere," muses incoming teacher Gretchen, "it's something of a miracle that I ended up here, surrounded by loving friends."<br /><br />But what of friends departed? As Sylvia contemplates a tribute to the partnership of the Elm Creek Quilters, she is reminded of a traditional quilt pattern whose curved pieces symbolize a journey. Winding Ways, a mosaic of overlapping circles and intertwining curves, would capture the spirit of their friendship at the moment of its transformation.<br /><br />Will Sylvia's choice inspire the founding members to remember that each is a unique part of a magnificent whole? Will the newcomers find ways to contribute, and to earn their place? <i>The Winding Ways Quilt</i> considers the complicated, often hidden meanings of presence and absence, and what change can mean for those who have come to rely upon one another.

20 The New Year's Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-11-13
Description :  As each holiday season approaches, some revel in welcoming the New Year ahead; others quietly mourn the passing of time gone by. "We can't hold on to the past," says Master Quilter Sylvia Compson, "but we can keep the best part of 'Auld Lang Syne' in our hearts and in our memories, and we can look forward to the future with hope and resolve." As Sylvia, a late-in-life newlywed, has discovered, love can enter our lives at any age. Yet before she can truly delight in her present happiness, she must face the sorrow hidden in her past -- her own role in the tragic circumstances that left her estranged from her sister, Claudia, until it was too late to make amends. Vowing not to repeat the mistake with her new daughter-in-law, Amy, who opposed Sylvia's marriage to her father, Andrew, Sylvia must convince Amy that family is more precious than pride. As Sylvia takes up a quilt for the season, begun and abandoned over six years, she recalls the New Year's Eve festivities of her youth at Elm Creek Manor as a member of the Bergstrom family. She titles the quilt "New Year's Reflections," after her belief that year-end reflections precede resolutions. The quilt blocks she chooses commemorate the wisdom that no one can ever be truly alone if she keeps the memory of those she loved and those who loved her alive in her heart. <i>The New Year's Quilt </i>is a novel to enjoy today and to treasure anew each holiday season.

21 The Spymistress

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2013-10-01
Description :  <b><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is back with another enthralling historical novel set during the Civil War era, this time inspired by the life of “a true Union woman as true as steel” who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war — and stealing Confederate secrets. </b><br /><br />Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew’s convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation, but also her life.<br /><br />Van Lew’s skills in gathering military intelligence were unparalleled. She helped to construct the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison under the guise of humanitarian aid. Her spy ring’s reach was vast, from clerks in the Confederate War and Navy Departments to the very home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.<br /><br />Although Van Lew was inducted posthumously into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, the astonishing scope of her achievements has never been widely known. In Chiaverini’s riveting tale of high-stakes espionage, a great heroine of the Civil War finally gets her due.

22 The Lost Quilter

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2009-03-31
Description :  Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures an antique quilt called by three names -- Birds in the Air, after its pattern; the Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it; and the Elm Creek Quilt, after the place to which its maker longed to return. That quilter was Joanna, a fugitive slave who traveled by the Underground Railroad to reach safe haven in 1859 at Elm Creek Farm. <br /><br /> Though Joanna's freedom proved short-lived -- she was forcibly returned by slave catchers to Josiah Chester's plantation in Virginia -- she left the Bergstrom family a most precious gift, her son. Hans and Anneke Bergstrom, along with maiden aunt Gerda, raised the boy as their own, and the secret of his identity died with their generation. Now it falls to Sylvia -- drawing upon Gerda's diary and Joanna's quilt -- to connect Joanna's past to present-day Elm Creek Manor. <br /><br /> Just as Joanna could not have foreseen that, generations later, her quilt would become the subject of so much speculation and wonder, Sylvia and her friends never could have imagined the events Joanna witnessed in her lifetime. Punished for her escape by being sold off to her master's brother in Edisto Island, South Carolina, Joanna grieves over the loss of her son and resolves to run again, to reunite with him someday in the free North. Farther south than she has ever been, she nevertheless finds allies, friends, and even love in the slave quarter of Oak Grove, a cotton plantation where her skill with needle and thread soon becomes highly prized. <br /><br /> Through hardship and deprivation, Joanna dreams of freedom and returning to Elm Creek Farm. Determined to remember each landmark on the route north, Joanna pieces a quilt of scraps left over from the household sewing, concealing clues within the meticulous stitches. Later, in service as a seamstress to the new bride of a Confederate officer, Joanna moves on to Charleston, where secrets she keeps will affect the fate of a nation, and her abilities and courage enable her to aid the country and the people she loves most. <br /><br /> The knowledge that scraps can be pieced and sewn into simple lines -- beautiful both in and of themselves and also for what they represent and what they can accomplish -- carries Joanna through dark days. Sustaining herself and her family through ingenuity and art during the Civil War and into Reconstruction, Joanna leaves behind a remarkable artistic legacy that, at last, allows Sylvia to discover the fate of the long-lost quilter.

23 Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Family  Literary 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-01-14
Description :  <b>The&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestselling author of&#xa0;<i>Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker</i>&#xa0;<b>reveals Mary Todd Lincoln’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague in this</b>&#xa0;astute and lively novel of the politics of state—set against the backdrop of Civil War Era Washington.<br /><br /></b>Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase Sprague stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father, Salmon P. Chase, in Washington society as a Lincoln cabinet member and as a future presidential candidate. For her efforts, <i>The Washington Star</i>&#xa0;declared her “the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.”<br /><br />None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common—political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness—they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other...

24 The Fabric Diary and The Runner's Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2016-11-22
Description :  Two short stories by the New York Times best-selling author of the Elm Creek Quilts series, Jennifer Chiaverini. In “The Fabric Diary,” the new owner of a Manhattan bed-and-breakfast discovers a mysterious scrapbook of fabric swatches, compelling her to discover the connection between a beautiful antique quilt and the original owners of her historic brownstone. “The Runner’s Quilt” tells the heartwarming story of a young mother who discovers fitness and fulfillment by becoming a runner—and by making a special quilt for a new friend. Originally published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine and Quiltmaker, these two charming short stories appear together for the first time in one eBook edition.

25 The Runaway Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-01-31
Description :  <b>The fourth book in the popular Elm Creek Quilts series explores a question that has long captured the imagination of quilters and historians alike: Did stationmasters of the Underground Railroad use quilts to signal to fugitive slaves?</b><br /><br />In her first novel, <i>The Quilter's Apprentice,</i> Jennifer Chiaverini wove quilting lore with tales from the World War II home front. Now, following <i>Round Robin</i> and <i>The Cross-Country Quilters,</i> Chiaverini revisits the legends of Elm Creek Manor, as Sylvia Compson discovers evidence of her ancestors' courageous involvement in the Underground Railroad. <br /><br />Alerted to the possibility that her family had ties to the slaveholding South, Sylvia scours her attic and finds three quilts and a memoir written by Gerda, the spinster sister of clan patriarch Hans Bergstrom. The memoir describes the founding of Elm Creek Manor and how, using quilts as markers, Hans, his wife, Anneke, and Gerda came to beckon fugitive slaves to safety within its walls. When a runaway named Joanna arrives from a South Carolina plantation pregnant with her master's child, the Bergstroms shelter her through a long, dangerous winter -- imagining neither the impact of her presence nor the betrayal that awaits them. <br /><br />The memoir raises new questions for every one it answers, leading Sylvia ever deeper into the tangle of the Bergstrom legacy. Aided by the Elm Creek Quilters, as well as by descendants of others named in Gerda's tale, Sylvia dares to face the demons of her family's past and at the same time reaffirm her own moral center. A spellbinding fugue on the mysteries of heritage, <i>The Runaway Quilt</i> unfolds with all the drama and suspense of a classic in the making.

26 Sylvias Bridal Sampler Elm Creek Quilts

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Crafts & Hobbies  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2010-11-05
Description :  Inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts novels. Create your own authentic version of the bridal sampler quilt made for Sylvia Compson in the best-selling novel The Master Quilter.

27 Christmas Bells

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-10-27
Description :  <b><i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, past and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem “Christmas Bells,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.</b><br /><br /> <i>I heard the bells on Christmas Day / Their old familiar carols play / And wild and sweet / The words repeat / Of peace on earth, good-will to men!</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow’s classic Revolutionary War poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” was less than a month hence, and the country’s grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed.<br /><br /> In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings.&#xa0;Sophia’s&#xa0;music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her&#xa0;impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children’s choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.<br /><br /> <i>Christmas Bells</i>&#xa0;chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of&#xa0;Longfellow’s&#xa0;family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow’s patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. “Christmas Bells,” the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Jennifer Chiaverini’s resonant and heartfelt novel for the season reminds us why we must continue to hear glad tidings, even as we are tested by strife. Reading&#xa0;<i>Christmas Bells</i>&#xa0;evokes the resplendent joy of a chorus of voices raised in reverent song.

28 An Elm Creek Quilts Companion

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $20.99
Release Date :  2013-10-29
Description :  <b>A beautiful keepsake volume to accompany the beloved <i>New York Times</i> bestselling series</b><br /><br />Over the course of the bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, readers have expressed a longing to visit Elm Creek Manor, meet the quilters themselves, and admire their beautiful creations. Jennifer Chiaverini’s <i>An Elm Creek Quilts Companion</i> is the next best thing to a guided tour. Inside, readers will discover a treasure trove of delights, including the Bergstrom family tree, character biographies, quilt block illustrations, full-color photographs of quilts featured in the novels, and “Behind the Scenes at Elm Creek Quilt Camp,” an exclusive short story inspired by questions from real readers. No Elm Creek Quilts fan will want to be without this indispensable guide to the cherished series.

29 The Cross-Country Quilters

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2001-06-03
Description :  Readers of <i>The </i><i>Quilter’s </i><i>Apprentice</i> and <i>Round Robin</i> have been enchanted by Elm Creek Quilt Camp, where women gather each year for quilting, friendship, and fun. The third in the Elm Creek Quilts series introduces the <i>Cross-Country Quilters</i>, a group of far-flung friends who pledge to complete a “challenge quilt”—symbolic of each woman’s personal goals—in one year’s time.<br /><br />These five women arrive at Elm Creek Manor hoping to find in their quilt lessons an escape from the problems they left at home. Julia, an aging starlet, has pinned her hopes to a plum role in a historical epic whose director is under the mistaken impression that Julia already knows how to quilt. Megan is a successful engineer who has won prizes for her miniature quilt designs. The one challenge she has yet to master is single motherhood. Donna, a mother of two, must hasten to teach her daughter independence and self-esteem—lessons she, too, must take to heart. Grace is a renowned curator of antique quilts, whose creative flair is waning for reasons she is unwilling to reveal—even to her closest friends. Vinnie, the senior member of the group, is a sunny soul with a tragic past. Her overwhelming desire is to bring happiness into the lives of those she loves.<br /><br />Although the Cross-Country Quilters share a common creative goal, as the year goes by their bonds are tested by the demands of daily life. But despite differences in age, race, and background, the friends' love for quilting and affection for one another unite them in a patchwork of caring and acceptance. The quilt they make reminds them of an everlasting truth—friends may be separated by great distance, yet the strength of their bond can transcend any obstacle.

30 The Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Crafts & Hobbies  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2013-08-01
Description :  Inspired by Jennifer Chiaverini’s best-selling novel, The Union Quilters, this sampler quilt offers a treasure trove of traditional blocks sewn by the women of Elm Creek Valley to support their troops during the American Civil War. The book includes historical notes on the novel and photos of 9 Loyal Union Samplers made by Jennifer and Elm Creek Quilts lovers from around the world. Mix and match the blocks with Jennifer’s previous sampler, Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler.

31 Round Robin

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Nonfiction  Family & Relationships 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-01-31
Description :  Jennifer Chiaverini’s bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series began with <i>The Quilter’s Apprentice </i>and continues with <i>Round Robin</i>—the name for a quilt stitched by many hands in turn—a poignant story of friendship and loyalty.<br /><br />The Elm Creek Quilters have begun a Round Robin quilt, created by sewing concentric patchwork borders to a central block, as a gift for their beloved fellow quilter Sylvia Compson. But even as the quilt is passed from friend to friend, its eloquent beauty increasing with every stitch, the threads of their happiness begin to unravel. As each woman confronts a personal crisis, a painful truth, or a life-changing choice, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends.

32 Return To Elm Creek

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Crafts & Hobbies  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2010-11-05
Description :  Get reacquainted with your favorite characters from the Elm Creek Quilts series while browsing through a dozen brand-new quilts designed by best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini.

33 Elm Creek Quilts

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini & Nancy Odom
Genre :  Crafts & Hobbies  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2014-01-01
Description :  12 quilt projects based on the bestselling Elm Creek Quilts novels.

34 The Union Quilters

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2011-02-22
Description :  <b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of the Elm Creek Quilts series joins the Dutton list with a Civil War-era tale of love and sacrifice behind Union lines. </b> <br /><br /> With <i>The Union Quilters</i>, Chiaverini delivers a powerful story of a remarkable group of women coping with changing roles and the extraordinary experiences of the Civil War. <br /><br /> In 1862 Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, abolitionism is prevalent, even passionate, so the local men rally to answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms. Thus the women of Elm Creek Valley's quilting bee are propelled into the unknown. Constance Wright, married to Abel, a skilled sharpshooter courageous enough to have ventured south to buy his wife's freedom from a Virginia plantation, knows well her husband's certainty that all people, enslaved and free, North and South, need colored men like him to fight for a greater purpose. Sisters-in-law Dorothea Nelson and Charlotte Granger wish safe passage for their learned husbands. Schoolmaster turned farmer Thomas carries Dorothea's Dove in the Window quilt with him. Charlotte's husband, Dr. Jonathan Granger, takes more than a doctor's bag to his post at a field hospital. Alongside the devotion of his wife, pregnant with their second child, Jonathan brings the promise he made to his unrequited love, Gerda Bergstrom: "My first letter will be to you." <br /><br /> Together with the other members of the circle, the women support one another through loneliness and fear, and devise an ingenious business plan to keep Water's Ford functioning. That plan may forever alter the patchwork of town life in ways that transcend even the ultimate sacrifices of war.

35 A kémnő

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-10-31
Description :  Egy polgárháború, amely egy nemzetet szakít ketté, és egy nő, aki az életét és a jó hírnevét is kockára teszi egy nemes, a hazája sorsát alakító cél érdekében.<br /><br /> A virginiai Richmondban, a rabszolgatartó Dél fővárosában élő Elizabeth van Lew és családja más, mint a legtöbb helybéli. Meggyőződésük ugyanis, hogy minden ember egyenlőnek teremtetett, és mélyen ellenzik a rabszolgaságot. Amikor szülőállamuk, Virginia 1861-ben az elszakadás, egyben a rabszolgaság intézményének megtartása mellett dönt, és kitör a polgárháború, Elizabeth nem várt lépésre szánja el magát: a maga eszközeivel az Unió ügyének megsegítését és a Konföderáció mihamarabbi bukását igyekszik segíteni. <br /> De mit tehet egy törékeny nő az ádáz, véres harcok közepette? Elizabeth úgy dönt, női mivoltát, eszét és befolyását felhasználva megpróbál az ellenség soraiba férkőzni. Attól sem riad vissza, hogy kémkedéssel felbecsülhetetlen értékű információt szerezzen az Uniónak – ha kell, egyenesen a Konföderáció elnöke, Jefferson Davis irodájából… <br /><br /> Jennifer Chiaverini, a nagy sikerű Mrs. Lincoln varrónője című könyv írója, a New York Times bestsellerszerzője lebilincselő regényében egy nem mindennapi nő igaz történetét tárja elénk, emléket állítva egy olyan asszonynak, aki bátorsága, hazafiassága és embersége révén méltán vált az amerikai polgárháború nagy hősnőinek egyikévé.

36 Mrs. Lincoln varrónője

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-07-07
Description :  Elizabeth Keckley rabszolgasorba születik, ahonnan kitartó szorgalma és tehetsége révén sikerül kivásárolnia magát. Ezután nemcsak hogy a washingtoni elit legfelkapottabb varrónője lesz, hanem egyenesen a First Lady, Mary Lincoln nőiruha-készítője, öltöztetője és – egy idő után – a leghűségesebb barátja. Történik mindez az amerikai polgárháború, a rabszolgaság eltörléséért folyó legádázabb harcok idején, amikor egy ilyen barátság, amely figyelmen kívül hagyja a kor által olyannyira előítéletesen kezelt faji és társadalmi különbségeket, több mint valószínűtlennek tetszik. A varrónő még akkor is jóban-rosszban kitart Mary Lincoln mellett, amikor az elnök halála után az immáron egyesült amerikai nép a szeszélyes és megosztó egykori First Lady ellen fordul.<br />A regény egyrészt valós visszaemlékezésen alapuló, hiteles történelmi beszámoló a kor sodró politikai történéseiről, a polgárháborúról, a rabszolga-felszabadításról és az azt követő zűrzavaros időszakról, másrészt egy bátor és kivételes nő története, aki a sorscsapások ellenére magasra küzdi magát, ahonnan befolyását felhasználva az elnyomottak megsegítéséért harcol.<br />Jennifer Chiaverininek, a New York Times bestsellerszerzőjének első magyar nyelven megjelenő műve, a Mrs. Lincoln varrónőjelebilincselő regény. Megkapó stílusban kelti életre a történelmet, és fedi fel azokat a múlt híres eseményei mögött megbúvó, hatalmas emberi gesztusokat és önzetlen tetteket, amelyekről mind ez idáig csak elvétve olvashattunk.

37 La sarta di Mary Lincoln

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2014-06-11
Description :  1860. Novembre. Mancano poche ore al risultato delle elezioni per il sedicesimo presidente degli Stati Uniti d'America e a Washington la tensione è altissima. Le strade brulicano di uomini che fanno la spola fra taverne e alberghi in cerca di notizie o si assiepano davanti alle porte dell’ufficio del telegrafo. Le sale dei circoli che costellano il quartiere della Casa Bianca sono già piene di passanti accorsi numerosi per approfittare del whisky offerto gratuitamente. Soltanto una donna di colore, Elizabeth Keckley, si affretta a tornare alla sua pensione di mattoni rossi stringendo al petto il suo cesto da cucito. È una sarta specializzata in eleganti abiti femminili alla moda. A Saint Louis, dopo anni di sacrifici e risparmi, è riuscita a comprare la libertà per sé e per il figlio George, studente in una lontana università dell’Ohio. Si è trasferita a Washington, la capitale federale dell’Unione, animata da un solo intento: continuare a garantire al figlio quell’istruzione che a lei è stata preclusa. Nonostante il clima teso a causa delle dispute legate all’abolizione della schiavitù e ai propositi secessionisti del Sud, Lizzie lavora alacremente. Non importa se per orlare le tende di un hotel malandato riceva soltanto due dollari e mezzo o se, per ultimare il vestito della moglie del senatore Davis, rientri così tardi da avere a malapena il tempo per un pasto e un bagno. Bravissima a confezionare i corpetti complicati e aderenti per i quali le dame del tempo impazziscono, Lizzie vede la sua fama accrescersi e farsi largo a poco a poco tra i circoli più in vista della città. Finché un giorno non si trova al cospetto di una donna sulla quarantina dai capelli scuri, con una bella carnagione e limpidi occhi azzurri che denotano acume e intelligenza: Mrs Mary Lincoln, la moglie del presidente appena eletto, la first lady nota per le sue bizze e i suoi improvvisi accessi d’ira. Lizzie le sistema magnificamente un abito rosa di moiré antico che Mary sfoggia con successo al primo grande ricevimento in onore dell’insediamento del marito. Da quel momento diviene non soltanto la sarta personale di Mrs Lincoln, colei che si occupa di vestirla e acconciarla per balli, cene e ricevimenti, ma anche la ex schiava cui l’inquieta, volubile Mary confida le sue angustie e i suoi rancori, il suo disappunto di first lady oggetto di malevolenze, invidie e gelosie. Un sodalizio che da parte della fedele Lizzie non verrà mai meno, neanche quando Mary Lincoln, sola e abbandonata da tutti, dopo aver perso il figlio Willie, a causa di una malattia, e poi il marito, vittima di un attentato, rivolgerà il suo risentimento contro di lei, scambiando un estremo gesto d’amore per un insulto alla sua dignità di ex first lady dell’Unione. Con uno stile avvincente e una trama arricchita da splendide descrizioni che restituiscono tutto il fascino dell'epoca, La sarta di Mary Lincoln, New York Times bestseller, «porta alla luce, con stile, grazia e rispetto, gli scatti dimenticati di un’America passata» (Book Reviews), raccontandoci la storia vera di Elizabeth Keckley: ex schiava, sarta della Casa Bianca e autrice di un libro di memorie che scandalizzò l'intera nazione. «L’avvincente storia di Mary Todd Lincoln, first lady, e di Lizzie Keckley, ex schiava diventata confidente e sarta di Mrs Lincoln». New York Post «Jennifer Chiaverini immagina gli eventi più privati della first lady attraverso gli occhi di una confidente». Harper’s Bazaar «Un raffinato romanzo storico». Publishers Weekly



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