Happy President’s Day everyone! Hopefully your day is better than mine and you get the day off, unfortunately I will spend the morning attending my school classes (which is just wrong but I will be there). I thought it would be fun to look at some President themed books in honor of the holiday. I realize that you can get biographies on every President of the United States we have ever had so I thought I would mention some not as well known President books.
John Adams by David McCullough
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history.
This is history on a grand scale — a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.
The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White
Katharine Vaughn Powers, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts with a sterling New England pedigree, is so morally strong that during her (successful) presidential campaign, her 15-year-old daughter, Meg, quietly wonders if she isn’t too good to be true. “Your mother is absolutely, totally, almost sickeningly honest,” her father reassures her. She’s also beautiful, chic, witty, brilliant and, on top of it, a believable character. White pulls off this not inconsiderable feat by viewing her through Meg’s critical eyes, letting Meg weigh her mother’s ambition against her unspoken wishes for a more attentive mother. The author leaves it to readers to observe how closely Meg resembles the woman she ironically thinks of as the Leader of the Free World; Meg herself is too busy making cynical jokes at her own expense, learning White House protocol and keeping her equally intelligent younger brothers in line. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) -Publisher’s Weekly
The President’s Daughter by Mariah Stewart
While writing a biography of Graham Hayward, the upright and highly regarded former president of the United States, journalist Simon Keller, the books rather colorless protagonist, comes across landscape designer Dina McDermott, who may be Hayward’s illegitimate daughter. The latter has grown up believing that Jude McDermott is her mother. Jude, torn between telling her daughter the truth and protecting her from it, is afraid that revealing her parentage may prove dangerous, especially since Dina’s real mother, Blythe, was killed in a suspicious, unsolved hit-and-run years earlier. As Simon pieces together the events of the past, both he and Dina become the targets of people who will do anything to keep her true parentage a secret and the president’s reputation intact. Stewart (Voices Carry) occasionally interrupts her narrative with mundane details, describing everything from how Dina enters a room to the music preferences of her hired help. For the most part, however, the novel swings from one surprising twist and turn to another at a breath-catching clip. A satisfying political thriller marked by believable intrigue and a touch of romance, this book, though not on par with those of Lisa Gardner or Linda Howard, is a worthwhile read. -Publisher’s Weekly
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another mélange of history and horror, Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln’s life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies. The author’s decision to reduce slavery to a mere contrivance of the vampires is unfortunate bordering on repellent, but at least it does distract the reader from the central question of why the president never saw fit to inform the public of the supernatural menace. Grahame-Smith stitches hand-to-hand vampire combat into Lincoln’s documented life with competent prose that never quite manages to convince.(Mar.) -Publisher’s Weekly
I hope you get enjoy the holiday and spend time with your family. Here in Phoenix I will be spending the afternoon outdoors enjoying the wonderful Spring weather with my husband and enjoying some great dutch oven food.