Mrs. Lincoln, A Life, by Catherine Clinton.
Y’all, this bio of Mary Lincoln is fascinating. Clinton does a wonderful job of depicting Mrs. Lincoln as a real, flawed person, although not quite as flawed as some past historians would have us believe.
After reading this, I now want to learn more about Elizabeth Keckley, the former slave who was Mary Lincoln’s dressmaker and close friend for some years.
This article originally appeared in mental_floss magazine.
by Mark Peters
Shel Silverstein—the late cartoonist, singer, songwriter, playwright, and mega-selling author of such classics as The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends—didn’t like children’s literature. Spoon-feeding kids sugar-sweet stories just wasn’t his style. Fortunately for generations of young readers, someone convinced him to do something about it—namely, break the mold himself. Using edgy humor, clever rhymes, and tripped-out drawings, Silverstein achieved the impossible. He bridged the worlds of adult and children’s art, while becoming wildly popular in the process.
The part that stood out to me:
One reason his books are so easy to spot on a bookshelf is that he made unyielding demands about their formats. Most have never been printed in paperback (per his instruction), and he scrupulously selected every typeface and paper grade.