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Tilar J. Mazzeo


Tilar J. Mazzeo

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestselling author of books that include THE WIDOW CLICQUOT, THE SECRET OF CHANEL NO. 5 and HOTEL ON THE PLACE VENDOME (all from HarperCollins). She also writes on food and wine for the mainstream press, and her work has appeared in venues such as Food & Wine and in her Back-Lane Wineries guidebook series (Ten Speed Press). Her course on creative nonfiction (Great Courses), featured as in-flight viewing content on Virgin America airlines, is widely distributed and has made her a nationally prominent teacher of writing in nonfiction genres. The Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College, she divides her time among coastal Maine, New York City and Saanichton, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and stepchildren.

Tilar J. Mazzeo

Books by Tilar J. Mazzeo

by Tilar J. Mazzeo - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton --- Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife --- in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal musical “Hamilton.” But they don’t know her full story. A strong pioneer woman, a loving sister, a caring mother and, in her later years, a generous philanthropist, Eliza had many sides. Tilar J. Mazzeo’s biography follows Eliza through her early years in New York, into the ups and downs of her married life with founding father Alexander Hamilton, beyond the aftermath of his tragic murder, and finally to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation’s early days.

by Tilar J. Mazzeo - Biography, Nonfiction

In 1942, social worker Irena Sendler was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While there, she reached out to the trapped Jewish families, going from door to door and asking the parents to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling them out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. In IRENA’S CHILDREN, Tilar Mazzeo tells the incredible story of this courageous and brave woman who risked her life to save innocent children from the Holocaust.

by Tilar J. Mazzeo - History, Nonfiction

When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the legendary Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme --- an icon of Paris frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys and princes --- was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed in the occupied city by order of Adolf Hitler. Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in Fin-de-Siècle Paris.