Adult Fiction

The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs is on my list to pack for vacation

I’m going on a late summer vacation shortly and choosing and packing books is always a chore. I want to TAKE ALL THE BOOKS!! But alas, one must pack more than one outfit for sanitary reasons and books take up so much room. Given these burdens of space I take my book packing duties very seriously.  Here’s one I’m thinking about taking:

The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

I’m super excited about this book mainly because, I hear the musical is so dang fantastic. What’s the next best thing to seeing a musical? Yeppers, reading a book. Now if I could only get Lin Manuel Miranda to narrate it for me. But, Mr. Pam might not give up his seat on the plane, so I guess I’ll just hafta suffer and read it myself. No matter, I’m a fan of historical fiction and I insist on taking a romance to the beach. That’s what beaches are for, right?

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending—his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.

I’m kinda digging the idea of his beloved Elizabeth Schuyler beginning an orphanage too. I think I’ll carry this book on so that I can pack more in my suitcase. Wait a minute, my husband is bringing a suitcase too!

What do you like to read on vacation?






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Books Children Non Fiction

President Lincoln From Log Cabin to White House by Demi

I love this version of Abraham Lincoln’s life because it contains quotes and other information not usually found in books for kids.

President Lincoln From Log Cabin to White House

President Lincoln From Log Cabin to White House by Demi

From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of “Honest Abe” is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and illustrator, Demi, recounts Lincoln s incredible life story of courage, wisdom, and compassion as only she can. Filled with stunning illustrations, this book contains an appendix of fascinating facts and famous quotes from Lincoln s life, as well as a timeline and map. President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is not only a powerful teaching tool, but an entertaining and age-appropriate introduction to a man who has become one of the most influential and admired presidents of the United States.”

For readers who need more information (I’ve been known to fact check non fiction books I read), this book will satisfy! There are his quotes:

“God bless my mother. All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to her. ”

“Cruelty to animals is wrong. An ant’s life is to it, as sweet as ours to us.”

“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong”


There are illustrations, there are facts (did you know he is listed in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?), there’s a map (gotta have a map!), and there’s the Gettysburg Address (am I the only kid who memorized it?), there are dates.  There is so much to do with this book. It would take a week’s  to study it fully in a classroom. But HEY why not?

Tomorrow is Lincoln’s birthday although it is officially celebrated on the 15th of February as part of President’s Day. That means two days of cake!