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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (April 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055356949X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553569490
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #851,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to say I was disappointed in this novel; I was looking for more detail on daily life and less imaginary cocktail parties and political history redone up as a novel. I doubt Dolly Madison thought or conversed as she is portrayed here. She is indeed a "dolly", puppet for a history lesson from Author Brown. It was a quick read and a fun view into American history so I give it 3 stars, but for style and substance, it's lacking.
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Rita Mae Brown delivers again...recommended reading! Dolley has a good flavor of Madison's era. Fortunately its written as a novel and not a textbook, making it very readable and occasionally juicy. I found it to be a gentle way to get acquainted with - and interested in - early American history. Interested enough to go seek out Dolley Madison's memoirs and letters...too bad they are out of print :(
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This is a book long on accounts of parties and gossipy tidbits and short on historical accounts Dolley must have felt real horror as the British approached but this was not really portrayed in the book. Her servants seemed much more frightened. Dolley was more concerned with the politics of the day than with actual living. Altogether this book would not be missed if not read
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Interesting blend of history and fiction - a good read! May 31 1999
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Format: Paperback
Rita Mae Brown delivers again...recommended reading! Dolley has a good flavor of Madison's era. Fortunately its written as a novel and not a textbook, making it very readable and occasionally juicy. I found it to be a gentle way to get acquainted with - and interested in - early American history. Interested enough to go seek out Dolley Madison's memoirs and letters...too bad they are out of print :(
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't put it down. Aug. 4 2006
By Starfire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've plowed through a number of heavy historical books about Dolley Madison but none of them ever gave me the sense of the real woman behind the legend until this book. Written in a personable style of Dolley writing in her journal, it is offset by third person narrative filling in the historical happenings. The book is surprisingly complete and correct in political detail. In Ms. Brown's book, Dolley is a living breathing woman who 'fusses' with sister Anna, wholeheartedly throws herself into her husband's political career, ignores her son Payne's wanton selfishness (too painful to contemplate), and deeply loves her husband James, even though she and 'the great little Madison' seemed to be polar opposites at first glance. It is their relationship that is the most interesting to me; they seemed mismatched in personality, James shy and introverted and Dolley bubbly and outgoing. James and Dolley Madison shared a love for the ages and reading about them in a novel form is a splendid read; the Madisons sound like one would imagine they would talk to one another. Maybe a few modernisms creep into their speech, but that for makes easier reading. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction or is just in the mood for a good romance with political backgrounds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dolley Dec 26 2010
By Sonja - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
One of Rita Mae Brown's best works! I was amazed at the similarities of todays politics vs the third president of the United States.
Daughters of 1812 in Texas relive Dolley May 28 2014
By Loretta Geick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a daughter of 1812 I enjoyed it and we will have a review discussion at our next chapter meeting. These accounts give so much life to our past and imaginations run wild. Mrs. Brown did Dolley proud!
Historical story of Dolley Madison. March 19 2014
By CC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Enjoyed the diary approach to telling the story. Dolley Madison tells the story and the historical aspect was very interesting.

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