Just in Time for the Oscars, Discover How Crazy Mary Todd Lincoln Really Was in Feisty First Ladies from Viva Editions: Books for Inspired Living

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Autumn Stephens, author of the bestselling Wild Women series, presents a hilarious history of the women of the White House, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, and everyone in between.

Feisty First Ladies and Other Unforgettable White House Women

What do President’s Day and the Oscars share aside from a week? The movie Lincoln, of course, with leading lady Sally Field is the role of FLOTUS, Mary Todd Lincoln. No modern-day fashionista has got anything on Mary Lincoln, who was quite a clothes horse herself, and perhaps the first shopaholic in the White House. As Autumn Stephens says in Feisty First Ladies, "Today, maniacal Mary Lincoln would be the self-dramatizing star of some Beltway twelve-step program, or popping Prozac like miniature petit fours, or holding an Oprah audience in thrall with tales of how an ungrateful nation did her wrong."

In our opinion, Sally Field is a shoe-in for the. As she said herself in a USA Today article, "I didn't think anyone else could play it. It takes my amount of miles in the saddle to be able to do the complexities of this person."

If anyone thought Beyonce lip syncing at Obama's Inauguration was a scandal, then they should read these other delightful shockers from Feisty First Ladies:

  • A White Rabbit singer tried to slip President Richard Nixon acid at the White House.
  • Mamie Eisenhower was a sleep-till-noon slacker, referred to by White House staff as "Sleeping Beauty."
  • Edith Wilson was secretly acting President after Woodrow was bedridden due to a stroke.

Feisty First Ladies
And Other Unforgettable White House Women
By Autumn Stephens
Part irreverant portrait gallery, part exuberant exposé, Feisty First Ladies and Other Unforgettable White House Women introduces a remarkable array of wild women—from first First Lady Martha Washington to hot hostess Dolley Madison and Harvard-educated Michelle Obama. Author Autumn Stephens also dishes on daughters like Reagan rebel Patti Davis, Tricia Nixon, Susan Ford, and Mary Cheney, who were the tabloid fodder of their day. Laugh out loud funny, and filled with amazing stranger-than-fiction facts from our American history, Feisty First Ladies and Other Unforgettable White House Women is a journey into the realm of the eclectic sisterhood whose outrageous words and deeds have rocked the fusty old foundations of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the nation!

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