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By Hank Pellissier

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Vinnie and Abraham

Vinnie and Abraham
By Dawn FitzGerald, illustrated by Catherine Stock

Want to spend an hour every day with the president? Eighteen-year-old Vinnie Reams did this for five months, sculpting the face of Abe Lincoln. She was tiny and self-taught, with gigantic talent and drive. Today her marble statue of the 16th President sits in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer whose fiction and essays have been been widely published and anthologized. A former columnist for Salon and SF Gate, he is a regular contributor to h+ Magazine.