The Books

Looking at Lincoln

by Maira Kalman

One Potato Review

Hits all its marks – reading by firelight, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address – so it’s surprising how stirring this is in the end. And not surprising. Kalman is obviously besotted with Lincoln like she is besotted with Paris and mutty dogs and Grand Central Station, and this makes for a lot of childlike wondering between the eventfulness – about the notes Abe allegedly kept inside his famous hat, and who knows what else he might have kept in there too, and what sort of unstatesmanlike nicknames did he and Mary maybe have for one another? Linky? Little Plumpy? An excellent place to start learning history. By loving it.