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Staff Picks - The Lincoln List

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The Annals of Unsolved Crime (364.1523)
by Edward Jay Epstein
Provides revisionary insights into some of the most controversial and mysterious crimes from the past two centuries including the question – did Lincoln’s assassin act alone?

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities (581.65)
by Amy Stewart
Stewart takes on more than 200 of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations in this A-to-Z compendium of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate and otherwise offend.

The Hypo: (741.5973 L736)
by Noah Van Sciver
A graphic novel follows the early life of Abraham Lincoln during which he suffered from a crippling depression that arose from unsuccessful attempts at building a career as a lawyer & politician, and that threatened his family and his sanity.

Heroes for My Son (920.02)
by Brad Meltzer
Discusses the virtues and talents that create heroes and shares the stories of 52 ordinary people who were able to achieve extraordinary things, including Abraham Lincoln, Harper Lee and Jackie Robinson.

Speeches and Writings 1832 – 1858 (973.5 L736)
by Abraham Lincoln
Includes his involvement in Illinois politics, his opposition to slavery, and his political debates with Stephen Douglas.

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End (973.7 B493)
by Scott W. Berg
Placing a seminal moment in American history in the larger context of the Civil War, this account revisits the little-known Dakota War of 1862, which resulted in the forced relocation of the Dakota and the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors.

Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon (973.7)
by Philip B. Kunhardt
A portrait of Lincoln examines the myths and controversies surrounding his posthumous image, drawing on first-hand accounts, family papers, and archives.

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography (973.7092 L738)
by Jean H. Baker
Profiles the much-maligned First Lady, a woman who was raised in a world of frontier violence and who achieved an incomplete victory over internal discord.

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln & American Slavery (973.7092 L736)
by Eric Foner
A master historian discusses the life of Lincoln, his personal and political journey to the abolition of slavery and the recognition of former slaves as American citizens.

Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Lincoln, Darwin, and Modern Life (973.7092)
by Adam Gopnik
A dual biography of two men, born the same day an ocean apart, whose lives and work would forever transform humankind’s understanding of itself.

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer (973.7092 L736)
by Fred Kaplan
An analysis of the literary life of the president explores the ways in which his views were shaped by classic literature and how he used language as an instrument of change in both political and personal arenas.

Lincoln’s Hundred DaysThe Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (973.7092 L736)
by Louis P. Masur
Assesses President Lincoln’s leadership in the 100 days preceding the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, a period characterized by mounting deaths on the battlefield and heated national debates.

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief (973.7092)
by James M. McPherson
Evaluates Lincoln’s talents in spite of limited military experience, tracing the ways in which he worked with, or against, his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy.

Lincoln’s VirtuesAn Ethical Biography (973.7092 L736)
by William Lee Miller
Chronicles how he shaped himself as a writer, speaker, moral arbiter & politician.

Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year (973.7092 L736)
by David Von Drehle
The story of Lincoln’s rise to greatness due to his success at turning the Civil War to the North’s favor during the year of 1862.

A. Lincoln: A Biography (973.7092 L736)
by Ronald C. White, Jr.
Lincoln scholar portrays Lincoln as a man of integrity whose moral compass holds the key to understanding his life, examining his speeches, his ideas on slavery, his religious odyssey, and his role as Commander-in-Chief. Winner of the Christopher Award.

The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincoln’s Greatest Speech (973.7349 L736)
Collects fifteen essays from scholars that explore the lasting resonance of the Gettysburg Address.

The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days that Changed the Nation (973.81092 J66)
by Howard Means
The six-week period that followed Lincoln’s assassination and how Andrew Johnson narrowly managed his presidency in spite of being hated by both northern and southern regions.


The Lincoln Myth (MYSTERY)
by Steve Berry
Cotton Malone returns in an adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely—not only in Malone’s world, but in ours.

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
by Stephen L. Carter
In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president’s counsel.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
by Jennifer Chiaverini
Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln & her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.

The Union Quilters
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Facing radical changes in their roles and outlooks when the men in their lives join the Union forces, the women of Elm Creek Valley’s quilting bee begin an agonizing period of waiting shaped by their husbands’ military duties and their circumstances.

The Battle of the Crater: A Novel of the Civil War
by Newt Gingrich and William Fortschen
Inspired by the crushing 1864 Union defeat at the Battle of the Crater, follows the investigation of reporter & Lincoln confidante James O’Reilly who retraces the tragedy and how a promising campaign went wrong.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
by Seth Grahame-Smith
Reveals the hidden life of the sixteenth president, who was actually a vampire hunter, obsessed with the complete elimination of the undead, and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth and near-death of the nation.

The Lincoln Conspiracy
by Timothy L. O’Brien
As the nation mourns the death of President Abraham Lincoln, Detective Temple McFadden discovers two diaries – one belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln, the other penned by John Wilkes Booth – that reveal a shocking conspiracy behind Lincoln’s assassination.

These Honored Dead
by Jonathan Putnam
Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long, he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance--a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders
Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.                    

Lincoln’s Dreams (SCIENCE FICTION)
by Connie Willis
Annie’s vivid dreams thrust her and historical researcher Jeff Johnston into the tumult of the Civil War.