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The other day, I came across a delightful link, I must share with you. It shows an interactive reading history of our dear sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln and his family. All titles were checked out from the Library of Congress during his presidency. Popular literature of the day? Check. Poetry? Check. Drawing books? Double check! Religious tomes? Of course. Dry political readings? Naturally. There is no “self-help” book in the bunch. Not one “How to Win Friends and Influence People” or “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up.” It is amusing to note a volume on the history of America was checked out, as was a biography on ol’ Abe, himself. I suppose this is the Victorian equivalent of Googling one’s self?

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