I meet with both book clubs and students, either in person, or through Skype, speaker-phone, and—now—Google Plus. Here are some of the responses I’ve had:
From ABC—the Algonquin Book Club:
“All of us agreed that Mistress of the Sun was a spectacular book—and it’s unusual that we all agree. We followed the discussion guide that was available from your website, which was very helpful. We have also read the Josephine B. books, which I personally consider to be amongst the best stories I’ve ever read.
“Our book club is really enjoying this book [The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.] and several have already started on the second and third volume. It is well researched, documented and written, and one learns history in a most entertaining way. I would recommend this whole series. (I have read these three book series twice.)”
The Wormies of Clearwater, Florida, on The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.:
“We loved this book because of its format—a diary written from a woman’s point of view [Napoleon’s wife]. We liked that it’s historical fiction and a little bit slutty, too. It features a strong woman working in the shadows of a strong man, and really describes the times they were living in.”
They are a reading and eating club, and paired Josephine B. with French cheeses and crackers, French wine, croissant sandwiches, fresh fruit, and Napoleons.
I’m a member of a book club in Toronto. We read The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. last year and most of us went on to read the other books. We loved them.
“This month, my book club gave your book the highest rating ever! I was thrilled since I recommended buying the trilogy, and most will finish all of it, not just the first as required for the meeting. It is addictive. History comes alive and is not just facts but is about the people who lived during those times.”
“I have been elected by our book club to let you know that today was the first time in all the years we’ve been meeting that everybody liked the chosen book. The book was Josephine B. Many of us had read all three of your books.”
“I am one member of a book club of about 25 women. We read the first Josephine book and it was, without a doubt, the favorite title we’ve read since the club’s inception. We have all since read the other two books and mourned the final page of the last book—knowing that our time with Josephine was over.”
“I chose your trilogy for my book club and the response was amazing. We all loved the book, the prose, the letters, the plot, the characters and the passion. Thank you.”
“Your trilogy was a “most favorite ever” among just about all of our members.”