always an honor and a delight when a book club selects one of
my works for reading and discussion. Some book clubs want to
bring in the author; I'm delighted to chat with book clubs anywhere
in English or en español by previous appointment
via telephone or Skype.
If your book
club has access to a speaker phone or Skype, simply click on
the envelope to send an email with your request. Please be sure
to tell me about your book group and any questions you might
Where to find my books?
My books are
all in-print and available in paperback editions and most are
also available in Kindle and other electronic formats. If you do not find the book
on the shelf, your bookstore can order it for you.
All available formats and ordering options
are on my website's bookshop.
things for book groups:
Reading Group Guide
For The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
From the publisher, Unbridled Books.
Includes background and discussion about the book, as well as
an author interview and suggested reading list.
The Curious Coincidences Concerning Senator Claiborne Pell's
thin is the veil between our world and the next? I have no doubt
that sometimes, if only for a whisper of a moment, it lifts enough
that we can hear, smell, glimpse, even touch those on the other
side. . . READ MORE
Or... listen to the
Top 5 of the Tussie-Mussie
A "tussie-mussie" is a bouquet of flowers and herbs (and
just the thing for a Washington DC belle to press to her nose
as she walks through the markets of 19th century Mexico City
Connects You to the 1860s?
My novel is based
on the true, strange, and heart-breaking story of, as the title
says, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. If youve
never heard of Mexicos little half-American prince, not
to worry: even many beautifully educated Mexicans have not. Mexicos
19th-century history is, to make an understatement, labyrinthically
labyrinthical. (I like to say, if youve heard of Santa
Anna and you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexicos Independence
Day, youre doing OK.) . . . READ MORE
Book Group Meeting Menu
Apart from controversy, there's
nothing better than some yummy cake and jolt of coffee to get
a book group going. For The
Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, my novel based on
the true story of 19th century Mexico, I beg you, skip those
gloppy nachos and so very twentieth-century-American-tourist
"margaritas"; they would not only put everyone to sleep,
but they would be no more appropriate than, say, hamburgers and
Pepsi for Gone with the Wind. May I suggest some café
de olla and Mrs. Yorke's raisin cakes? Recipes follow.
Who is Mrs. Yorke, and what is she
doing in a novel about Mexico? . . . READ