Friday, February 17, 2012

I don’t remember this from class...

I am sure you are busy planning your big President’s Day celebrations …so if you’re looking for some books to get you in a presidential party mood, here are a couple I read recently:
The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty.
The image most people have of George Washington is the portrait on the dollar bill. A portrait he sat for when he was tired and in pain (he’d just had his last tooth pulled). Based on that picture, some people have assumed that he was “boring,” “grumpy,” or “stiff” – which he wasn’t. Even during his lifetime, people said that his portraits didn't look like him. So in 2005, a group of historians, forensic anthropologists, textile experts, taxidermists, scientists, and artists at Mount Vernon decided to try to create life-size models of Washington at three major points in his life. It turns out that George Washington at 19 was kind of hot – who knew! The book combines biographical information on Washington with descriptions of the work that went into creating the three full-body representations.

Abraham Lincon, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Okay, I was raised in the “Land of Lincoln” and this was news to me. It was also a fun read. “While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.” 

This book is currently being made into a movie, produced by Tim Burton. Check out the trailer:

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