Recent Reviews for Feather Schwartz Foster
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 3/1/2005 9:16:30 PM|
"Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities" is a book filled with the voices of America's First Ladies. From Martha Washington to Mamie Eisehnhower, these vibrant, lively women speak from the past as modern day First Ladies comment from the sidelines.
The "moderns," as Lucy Hayes comments, already had their say.
Author Feather Schwartz Foster brings to life these fascinating women through dedicated chapters, written in the form of a letter from each Lady. Customs, houseguests, dinner, chores – no part of a woman's life is ignored.
Though this is a work of fiction, it is very much based on facts and filled with vivid details taken from over a thousand presidential history books. Readers will be lost in the past and feel as though they have seen a glimpse of each personality portrayed.
This book is unique in more ways than one. Comments from the "moderns" are interspersed throughout as they speak to one another as well as to the letter writers. They argue, compliment, agree and turn up their noses.
Particularly poignant is Mary Todd Lincoln's chapter in which the wives of other assassinated presidents speak with sympathy and empathy, while other wives in turn speak ill of her appearance and state of mind, even going so far as to malign her beloved son.
The wives of our presidents, both past and present, inherited by marriage a position of influence. From slaves to maids, to leaders of other countries, diplomats and friends, the influence of a First Lady can be measured only by the legacy she leaves.
"Ladies" will absorb the reader's attention from the first page to the last.
Wise, naïve, elegant, crass, refined and catty; all personalities are represented in this unique ode to the women who stood by America's presidents.
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 3/1/2005 12:01:14 PM
I found this to be one of the most entertaining, as well as edifying, books I've read to date. It was fascinating being allowed a "peek" into the minds of the First Ladies of the past, women who so often remained in the shadows yet played such a vivid part in history. It was interesting to note the progression forward with each First Lady. I highly recommend this book.
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 10/1/2003 4:43:03 PM
Reading Ladies has given me a whole new perspective of what First Ladies are really all about.We so often picture them as Fashion Plates. Reading the book enlightened me to how human they really were and are. Ladies being most informative gives credit where credit is due. These First Ladies all through the ages were real assets to their husbands. Many worked hard, suffered great losses, and experienced sometimes cruel hardships. For example what President who was first Minister to Russia, made his wife leave 2 small sons behind in America for 5 years?You must read the book to find out. I am so glad these First Ladies came forward to tell the real story. Our author, Ms. Foster is to be commended for bringing us this most outstanding historical reading.
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 7/15/2003 4:25:36 PM
Feather: I was able to download your excerpt and will read it at first opportunity! Iris
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 1/8/2003 8:18:42 AM
Feather: What an intriguing concept! This one will have to go on my "to buy" list. I'm glad I checked out your site. I had no idea what your book was about, & how creatively you had treated the subject matter.
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 12/6/2002 8:32:20 PM
Simply genius! A wonderfully refreshing work of true art. Ms. Foster blends into form a book that is as unique and diverse as the women it represents! These are characters that all women can relate to in their own view of the world. A job well done Ms. Foster. Congrats!
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 12/4/2002 1:15:32 PM
I didn't know what to expect which is the best way to approach this book. It is not - repeat NOT - a tedious, dry chronicle of dates that mean nothing and events that have slipped through the cracks of history. No, it's a superlative opportunity to view our First Ladies as they truly were, replete with all the characteristics that made them Women of Choice for our country's presidents.
It is original and anecdotal. Precise and informative. If you read Gone With The Wind, you will not get a history book but a pulsating blow-by-blow of the Civil War. Likewise, "Ladies..." will not be like cramming for a test. You will read it with a smile on your face and perhaps a flashlight under the blankets. It's that un-put-downable.
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 12/2/2002 1:59:15 PM
Reading the chapter on Mrs. Johnson, it was as if she was speaking directly to me. I could hear her voice and see her emotion and pride. This book finally gives these ladies the recognition they so rightly deserve. So many of them lived in the shadow of their husbands, they became known in posterity as Mrs. so-and-so and what they wore to the inauguration. Now it is their turn to tell us about themselves and their lives. And what a great way to tell it, not all dates and such...chatty and lively and full of personality. I can't wait for the rest!
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 11/25/2002 5:19:28 PM
I have had the privilege and pleasure of reading two of Feather's chapters. Her use of dialogue boxes, in which other First Ladies comment on the narrative in progress, is superb. In turns chatty, catty, sympathetic, vindictive, filled with historical tidbits, sadness, pride, and in places, downright haunting...in short, the full range of human emotions. The narrations themselves sound like you are "hearing" the women talk, and would be outstanding by themselves. What Feather Foster has done is ingenious. She has taken historical fiction to another level.
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 11/25/2002 2:26:55 PM
Very interesting twist! The excerpt on Mary Todd Lincoln is very interesting. I think you may be on to something here! I will definitiely put this book on my 'to buy' list!
Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities (Book) - 11/21/2002 4:07:56 PM
I found Ladies to be very entertaining and quite funny at times. Being a woman under 5' I related to Mrs. Lincoln even though we are generations apart! Ms. Foster has a different and unique style of writing but still makes the reader feel as if they are talking and listening to the Ladies like they were still with us. Exceptional read!
Feng Shui for Your Muse (Article) - 6/27/2006 6:03:38 PM
My muse comes to be at odd hours of the morning. It's not uncommon for me to get up out of bed at 3 in the morning and write about something that's come to me in a dream. Hubs loathes when this happens, b/c then I am a total grump the entire day (lack of sleep does that to me). But, hey you gotta write when she calls or you miss it!
In The Restaurant (Article) - 6/13/2006 1:38:46 PM
Can't live with them and can't live without their money, eh?
The Lecture Experience: Part III (Article) - 4/19/2005 10:35:26 AM
Excellent advice - thank you.
The Lecture Experience: Part I (Article) - 12/13/2004 8:00:28 AM
Very good information Ms. Foster.
Thanks for sharing it, I look forward to promoting a book someday and your advice while not so timely for me, will be held in reserve.
I wish people shard their lessons learned more often.
Have a very happy holiday season.
Feng Shui for Your Muse (Article) - 4/8/2004 6:36:53 AM
Thanks for brightening my day. I, too, fight the discipline, search for answers to the clutter of my desk, files and sometimes mind. Incidentally, your book about the First Ladies sounds fascinating. I did something similar to that with the neighbors of the Wright Brothers which was a fun, imaginative process.