Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg

Lynn: When I sat down to read this fascinating book, I was immediately aware of the impact of the book design. Newspaper sized, the cover appears worn on the spine and edges and has a lovely smooth feel. Interior pages of Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered (Feiwel 2008) are yellowed and appear stained in places and are filled with original drawings, photographs, maps and period advertisements. Tabloid headlines shout across the top of the pages but the articles underneath are carefully written and filled with lively details. Styled as a memorial issue, the book starts with Lincoln’s assassination and then moves chronologically through his life and Presidency. The book is loaded with intriguing tidbits – those “did you know” facts that readers love to share like the fact that Lincoln ate very sparingly. A chicken leg and water served as dinner many nights. A series of five yearly photographs offer a stunning testament to the impact of the presidency on Lincoln’s health. My only complaint about the book is also one of its strengths. Its size will attract and fascinate readers but that also makes it awkward to handle. No bathtub reading with this book! That is a minor inconvenience though, so prop this book up on a handy table and enjoy!

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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