Bossy loves history, and lucky thing because her latest library book is three pounds and 623 pages of history, and spoiler alert: Abraham Lincoln is elected president. In fact, this presidential biography covers the brief but tumultuous period between the election of Abraham Lincoln and his inauguration.
Exactly how much history is that? Well for instance, the amount of history in Bossy’s book is bigger than a lime:
It’s more history than the height of an apple:
More history than a cashew, by far:
However, slightly less history than a container of Kefir:
So what has Bossy learned about Abraham Lincoln and the state of the nation during the winter of 1860-1861?
But just because Bossy is only on page eleven, that doesn’t stop her from flipping ahead to find the photos. And here’s what Bossy learned from the photos: Mary Todd Lincoln never posed with her children before her husband was elected president.
And Bossy learned Abe Lincoln had a foxy grown cross-eyed smoking and drinking Harvard freshman son named Robert Todd:
Other things Bossy learned from the photos in her
barbell book: Abraham Lincoln didn’t grow his beard until after the election:
Lincoln grew his beard during that very winter in question, as the country around Abraham’s facial hair fractured, north from south:
In fact Bossy learned that razors in general were very scarce in the winter of 1860-1861:
Bossy learned some men are timelessly handsome and transcend the era’s trends:
Overall it’s been a very informative read so far. Bossy can’t wait to tackle page twelve!
Ellie saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:04 am
Nice thinkin’, Lincoln.
Jen saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:16 am
Hi Bossy, love your website, especially because I live in the “big city” near you town (I’m not a stalker, I can just tell by the pics) ANYWAY, I wanted to ask about the Kefir, how does it taste and does it “work” as a probiotic?
oh and GREAT post about Lincoln, I learned more from reading this than I ever did in school.
Tasha saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:31 am
Ed Harris? Or, maybe, Anthony Hopkins? I never thought they looked alike before, but now I can’t decide.
You can call me, 'Sir' saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:34 am
What I imagine happened at the photo shoot of the first member of the press based on his picture:
Press Dude: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!
Photographer: OK, stop screaming for a second.
Photographer: *click* or *POOF* (as the case may be). Okey dokey. Finished.
Barb - WillThink4Wine.com saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:50 am
Akshully, there are some bigger books… like the Harry Potter Series. Just saying.
kay saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:54 am
It would take a presidential photographer to catch me with my children as well, because, like mothers across the universe, I am ALWAYS the one doing the picture-taking.
Personally? I think Willie died of stand-offishness.
MariaV saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:55 am
Scissors were also scarce, right?
SnowWhite saysJuly 22, 2009 at 11:07 am
Snow thinks Bossy should cast Liam Neeson as the beardless Abe.
Dingo saysJuly 22, 2009 at 11:16 am
The last guy should definitely be played by Kevin Spacey. It works out even better if they film this as a musical because who doesn’t love to hear a pianoforte? Oh, and Kevin Spacey can sing.
Half Assed Kitchen saysJuly 22, 2009 at 11:16 am
Sister, we have the same taste in men.
Are you lugging that thing to BlogHer?
Matilda saysJuly 22, 2009 at 11:27 am
Last guy is John Hurt. Who is that last guy anyway?
Stickman saysJuly 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm
I love presidential biographies! I highly recommend John Adams and Truman by David McCullough. They will make that Lincoln book seem puny! John Adams is at least an apple and a half. And that history will definitely be more nuts than Gary Busey!
Martie saysJuly 22, 2009 at 12:16 pm
I attempted to read a book on Ben Franklin, once. I’m waiting for the movie to come out.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm
My favorite Presidental couple.
Did you know Mary got slightly depressed in her later days and that Robert Todd was a piece of work.Let’s just say, not nice to his mama.
RT had an amazing piece of property in Manchester VT.
I may have a little historical crush on the Ed Harris dude.
Sara S saysJuly 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm
I totally was thinking Robert Todd Lincoln looked like Leonardo DiCaprio!
21st Century Housewife saysJuly 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm
Abraham Lincoln: patron saint of homeschoolers, Marfan’s Syndrome, and joke tellers. Also, henpecked husbands and speechwriters. And rail splitters.
I made that up. But it should be true.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysJuly 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm
All that in the first eleven pages. Oy.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysJuly 22, 2009 at 1:16 pm
Also? Do I detect a little guyliner on Abe? Maybe I’m just seeing what I want to see . . .
Amy saysJuly 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm
OMG that guy does look like Ed Harris. Methinks Ed Harris=sexy.
I’m totally with you on the beard thing, too. Except for boys that can’t grow man-beards, like Keanu Reeves or Johnny Depp. But heck, they’re pretty enough!
Amber Lee saysJuly 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Why can Boast’s son not play the smoking hot freshman in college part?
Amy@UWM saysJuly 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm
Heard of you because you’re a bloggy rock star, but this is my first time actually reading you because you really don’t need MY measly traffic. Clearly. But just had to say after perusing your blog, you. are. hilarious.
I hate it when the blogosphere is right.
BTW, Moby Dick is pretty big too. I hear.
Amelia saysJuly 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm
#2 Jen: I know I’m not BOSSY, but here’s my take on Kefir: It tastes kind of like really thin yogurt. It’s a little tart, it’s very refreshing and creamy. It’s thick enough to hold berries in it, but thin enough that you could just drink it if you want. It’s tasty. I, however, prefer the flavored versions of Lifeway Kefir to the plain. Peach is my favorite 🙂
As a probiotic, it works WONDERS. Works much more efficiently than, say, Activia yogurt. Highly recommended.
Birdbrain saysJuly 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm
OMG, the guy reading the paper is Dick Cheney!
Amanda of Shamelessly Sassy saysJuly 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm
I’m a huge history and Lincoln buff. However, I could not force myself past the 50 page mark in this book. In fact, I may just use it as a weapon for intruders.
Reeb saysJuly 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm
1. I like the cosmos, zinnias, rudbeckia, and ??? in the jar.
2. Your “just how much history” comparisons are priceless. Esp the cashew.
3. I would go to the movie with Leonardo and Ed. That 1860’s Ed guy is hot. And please, do cast Liam as somebody, just not the Dick Cheney one.
4. What did Robert Todd do that qualifies him as a “piece of work”? More history please.
Sallie saysJuly 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm
I’m reading a fat bio of Theodore Roosevelt, about as fast as you’re reading Lincoln. want to race? (Reading it because we went to visit “his” national park and realized I knew *nothing* about him or his presidency.)
MEG in VA saysJuly 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm
Your Ed Harris is none other than my great-great-great grandfather, Edmund Ruffin. Just out of curiosity, was his picture in your book…about Lincoln? He is the old Southern gentleman who supposedly started the ruckus in 1861 by firing the first shot on Fort Sumter. Interesting…
Mo saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm
The last guy is definitely Harvey Keitel. It’s funny these guys were probably in their 40s or 50s but look about 100.
Cupcake Murphy saysJuly 23, 2009 at 12:58 am
The guy with the crazy frayed bathmat beard looks like Jonathan Pryce
Sue saysJuly 23, 2009 at 9:03 am
Not to go all Civil War on anyone, but if you want sexy for this time period, go with Robert E. Lee.
And the best presidential biographies are the ones about the wives! That’s where you find out that Edith Roosevelt yelled at Theodore for bleeding in the house and Lou Hoover occupied herself in boring receiving lines by conjugating Latin (or maybe Greek) verbs in her head.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 23, 2009 at 10:15 am
Reeb and more about Robert Todd:
After Mary Lincoln lost her husband and all of her sons except Robert, she spiraled into despair. She had always had highs and lows, but her epsiodes became more pronounced….shopping binges and some paranoia about her financial state. Today, it has been discussed that she had a Bordeline Personality Disorder or was Bipolar.
Her son found her to be an embarrassment and although he was wealthy, he subjected her to a public insanity trial and had her committed to a mental hospital.
If you’re ever in Manchester Vermont, you can visit Robert Todd’s estate. The “insanity papers” were found in a safe in the house.
Reeb saysJuly 23, 2009 at 11:04 am
Thanks so much, Little Miss Sunshine!
And I love the small world moment provided by MEG in VA.
Lifeway Anna saysJuly 23, 2009 at 11:09 am
Hahaha, an innovative use of kefir if I ever saw one! Hope you’re enjoying both book and probiotic goodness 🙂
Morton Grove saysJuly 23, 2009 at 11:13 am
Re: KEFIR – I went to high school with the President/CEO. She took over the company around 2002, when her dad died. The story is really interesting. He moved her from Russia with nothing and invented Kefir. Lifeway Foods is in Morton Grove, IL, and they are all zillionaires. Happy Ending. Here is the stock symbol: LWAY Company is in Morton grove, where we all grew up.
Summertime saysJuly 23, 2009 at 11:44 am
Did you know Spielberg is directing a movie about Abe Lincoln? Liam Neeson plays Lincoln and it’s written by Tony Kushner. Very exciting.
Regina saysJuly 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm
I think the beardless Abe looks like a dark-haird Ryan Stiles.
Cactus Petunia saysJuly 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Wow. Too much history for a Thursday morning…let me know how it turns out!
Cristina saysJuly 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm
Wow, good call on the Leo DiCaprio guy. Talk about a spitting image.
First time visiting your blog and I’m hooked! You’re hilarious!
Jenni D saysJuly 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm
You have freed me, Bossy! I can finally admit that I have always had a bit of a crush on Abe! And in the movie? Cast James Taylor and color his hair black to play Abe.
carma saysJuly 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm
I am seriously worried about you and your “man crush” on Abe 😉
debby saysJuly 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm
er. You do know Abe dies at the end….
Marthavmuffin saysJuly 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm
Robert Todd Lincoln had a unique experience, he witnessed his fathers assisination, and also two other presidents- Garfield and McKinley’s as well.
And yes I would love to act like I know something but this wall of history books in our house have been devoured and pretty much memorized by my husband. (Who I often read Bossy’s posts out loud to)
Bush Babe saysJuly 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm
Ha ha Debby!!!
All casting is spot on… esp like Kevin Spacey for last dude!
PS Bossy, give me your weather report for Chigago – I am having a ‘world weather watch’ at my place today!!!
Life with Kaishon saysJuly 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm
I just love learning from you : ) and your big, fat book!
Tammy saysJuly 24, 2009 at 9:38 am
Abe is my favortie president too, and not just ’cause we share a birthday.
I agree…Ed Harris would be great to play the long haired fellow. Perpaps Jude Law minus accent for Robert Todd?
foolery saysJuly 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm
Nook saysJune 24, 2011 at 11:37 am
Extremely hpelufl article, please write more.
tvdpyrn saysJune 27, 2011 at 5:40 am