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My Dear Hamilton

de Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie

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"Not since I read Erik Larson's Dead Wake have I had such an edge-of-my-seat immersion into historical events. . . . No study of Alexander Hamilton would be complete without reading this book."--Karen White, New York Times bestselling author From the New York Times bestselling authors of America's First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton--a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written novel, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before--not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal--but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right. A general's daughter... Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington's penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she's captivated by the young officer's charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton's bastard birth and the uncertainties of war. A founding father's wife... But the union they create--in their marriage and the new nation--is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all--including the political treachery of America's first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness. The last surviving light of the Revolution... When a duel destroys Eliza's hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband's enemies to preserve Alexander's legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she's left with one last battle--to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her...  … (més)
  1. 10
    The Hamilton Affair de Elizabeth Cobbs (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: Both books are about Eliza and Alexander Hamilton
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    American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic de Victoria Johnson (AmourFou)
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    The Traitor's Wife de Allison Pataki (al.vick)
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    America's First Daughter de Stephanie Dray (al.vick)
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    I, Eliza Hamilton de Susan Holloway Scott (Usuari anònim)
    Usuari anònim: Both are fictional works (based on history) that delve more deeply into the lives of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton!
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A few quick thoughts about this one:

- I deeply appreciate that we're getting Eliza's perspective on the Hamilton narrative, and that this novel was written by women.
- The modern tone of the writing put me off a bit.
- I snapped up every Ann Rinaldi historical YA novel for several years in my teens, and this reminds me of an admittedly more dense version of these.
- I've been marinading in Hamiltonland since October 2015 so I'm actually kind of over it at this point (not to detract from the historical impact of both the original story, this novel, or Miranda's musical). ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I learned so much from this book. The authors really know how to craft a compelling sentence. The story is a fascinating foray into a part of history that I really didn't know much about. So I found myself researching moments and people, all the while jotting down notes in the book and underlining passages. Yup, I'm that kinda reader and damn proud of it! :D

The story though and the trials Eliza Hamilton went through were really tough and I'm left with a sadness to think of all that she and her family went through. Even though the authors crafted a list of books they encountered during the research, I'm hesitant to delve into the intricacies of the Hamilton history any more than I already have, because it felt so emotional at times. Also a mark of brilliant writing, to bring forth so many feelings and empathy.

I also want to note how interesting it is to see the food and drink of the era threaded throughout the book. I LOVE those kinds of details and it does kinda make me want to throw a Founding Fathers' and Females Food Fiesta! (Peep that alliteration, kids.)

I can't promise I caught all the food references, but here's the list I wrote down at the front of the book, in case you're a fan of food facts too. I mostly recorded page numbers too except for once, inexplicably, but it was the first one I wrote down, so I suppose that's less annoying. I'll find the page number eventually!

- Stewed pears in spiced wine with fresh cream
- Cold ham with thick slices of bread and butter (p. 231)
- Chocolate creams in fluted crystal glasses and a silver tray of caraway confits (p. 421)
- Oysters, striped bass, seasoned cabbage and carrots, claret, madeira wine, spiced bonny clabber made from soured milk for dessert (p. 19)
- Yellow plum preserves, short-crust biscuits, strong tea (p. 19)
- Warmed cider (p. 71)
- Rum punch
- Honey cakes, marzipan, candied almonds, olie-koeken (p. 132)
- Raspberry leaf tea with honey (p. 149)
- Beef tongue, peas and potatoes in an herbed butter sauce (p. 194)
- Roast duck and dumplings, pork with cabbage, imported chocolates, baked apples and raisins, cinnamon bark and koekjes (cookies) (p. 132)
- Smoked salmon (p. 210)
- Coffee, freshly ground (p. 226)
- Whiskey and waffles (p. 230)
- Porridge (p. 246)
- Sparkling wine (p. 254)
- Raspberry leaves for cramps, lavender oil for headache (p. 249)
- Pork, custard-filled profiteroles (p. 262)
- Freshly-made lemonade (p. 280)
- Madeira, peas, greens and vegetables of every variety (p. 289)
- Apple pie (p. 295)
- Lemon cake (p. 330)
- Rye-flour peppernoot cookies, fragrant with cinnamon, anise and clove (p.321)
- Champagne
- Bark tonic for fever (p. 339)
- Lemon ice (p. 366)
- Cold mutton, buttered bread (p. 379)
- Veal, wartime tripe stew (p. 419)
- Raspberry tarts, fresh strawberry jam shortbread cookies, cherry pie (p. 483)

So if you end up having a fancy founders' party, tag me in your Instagram pics! I'm @booksbrewsandbooze! ( )
  coffeefairy | Nov 21, 2020 |
Thanks to Ron Chernow’s award-winning biography and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning musical, interest in the historical figure of Alexander Hamilton has experienced a rebirth in recent years. Many have also fallen in love with his wife Eliza who endured much for the birth of America – a revolutionary war, the country’s first sex scandal, deadly duels impacting her family, whispers and improprieties, a hostile post-revolution political environment, and fifty years of being a widow. However, the historical record is strikingly silent with first-hand data from her directly. Thus, we are left to imagine what her life had been life.

Along with Tilar Mizzeo’s recent work, this work seeks to fill that gap. Well-researched and well-conceived, this book imagines what the emotional life of one of America’s first mothers would have been like. Historically, Eliza shows up frequently, but again, first-hand knowledge of her voice seems sparse. Dray and Kamoie imagine her inner life among all of a newly-born Republic’s twists and turns.

Together, they paint a picture of a lady of deep character, deep religious faith, yet susceptible to political rivalries and emotional hurts. To them, Eliza clearly learned much from her brilliant husband. She never forgave Aaron Burr for her husband’s murder nor others who wounded her husband’s reputation. So much in her life that was unresolved. And yet, in Dray and Kamoie’s imaginations, Eliza maintained her inner integrity, probably in excess of her husband.

This is a feminist work, a work of a woman who overcomes all the nastiness that life has to offer. It proudly shows the contribution of women to life. It serves as a reminder that modern democracy was birthed not only by first fathers but also by first mothers. These first mothers include Martha Washington, Dolley Madison, and a host of others portrayed in this novel.

So is it any good? A thousand times, yes. The authors show a mastery of the historical record, the human condition, American politics, and gender. They delve into matters to a depth that has rarely ever been matched in portrayals of the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary periods. Readers interested in American history, politics, and fiction will find much to delight in. ( )
  scottjpearson | Nov 19, 2020 |
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I won a copy of this book on Early Reviewers in LibraryThing but never did receive it. But I wanted to know the story so much that I saved up for the audio version and bought it. Then because there were 18 discs, I delayed from playing for a long time until now. I am very glad that I bought the audio version, my vision is very poor and I would have not made it thrught the book without a lot of eyepain. Also, because I had to save up to purchase the audio book, I was not likely to give up on it like many readers of the print version.

I love historical fiction and although it was very difficult for the author to write a book on so few resources, she read both the well founded and not so well founded (gossipy)and was very careful to stick to the truth as much as possible. Had Eliza Hamilton been allowed to listen to the book along with me, she might have been embarrassed a few times but I feel that she would agree that this is a true portrait of her and Alexander Hamilton as possible.

I remember at the beginning that I was a little lost at the opening of the book at Eliza's anger at her husband but that was because the book started in the middle of the story. At the beginning, there was a lot of detail about her father that I did not at the time understand. But several discs, I got drawn into the story and wished that I could spend the day listeniog to it. Thirteen pages of notes, front and back I took. I cried several times, particurly at her son's death and when Eliza and Alexander were both sick and did not know if they would survive. I highly recommend this book in the audio version. Please do not give up on it quickly, it is well worth sticking it out to the end. ( )
  Carolee888 | Nov 10, 2020 |
I am about 17% into the book on my Kindle and have already tired of Betsey's voice. She has the precise answer for every situation and she speaks with authority over all men. In fact Hamilton, Monroe, even her dad Gen Philip Schuyler are wimps when she makes a biting retort. In my estimation, no colonial woman could talk to men the way she does.

On the other hand, she can be haughtily silent, with only the reader knowing what her disdainful thoughts are. Monroe comes to visit her; there was apparently somewhat of a relationship in the past. When he is shown into the parlor he stutters and is very ill-at-ease.

Betsey says to herself, "I don't say anything. In truth, I take perverse pleasure in the pained yearning I imagine I see upon Monroe's face as I force him to founder against the wall of my silence...I wield mine expertly".

Yes, any man is a stumbling, bumbling simpleton against her expert psychological superiority.

Ah well, I shall continue with this five-times-to-long book.

Later edit: I tried one more page and threw in the towel. This is not a good book unless feminists somehow feel empowered by this kind of writing. ( )
  dangnad | Aug 10, 2020 |
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"Not since I read Erik Larson's Dead Wake have I had such an edge-of-my-seat immersion into historical events. . . . No study of Alexander Hamilton would be complete without reading this book."--Karen White, New York Times bestselling author From the New York Times bestselling authors of America's First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton--a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written novel, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before--not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal--but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right. A general's daughter... Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington's penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she's captivated by the young officer's charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton's bastard birth and the uncertainties of war. A founding father's wife... But the union they create--in their marriage and the new nation--is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all--including the political treachery of America's first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness. The last surviving light of the Revolution... When a duel destroys Eliza's hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband's enemies to preserve Alexander's legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she's left with one last battle--to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her...  

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