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Tilar J. Mazzeo

Biography

Tilar J. Mazzeo

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the New York Times bestselling author of books that include THE WIDOW CLICQUOT, THE SECRET OF CHANEL NO. 5 and THE HOTEL ON THE PLACE VENDOME. She also writes extensively on wine for the media. She is currently working on the story of the Holocaust heroine, Irena Sendler, the "female Schindler." IRENA'S CHILDREN is forthcoming with Gallery / Simon & Schuster in 2016. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and today writes narrative nonfiction and memoir on the history of war, women, and luxury. She teaches English as the Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College and teaches narrative nonfiction at writer's workshops in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. She divides her time between the west coast of Canada, New York City, and Portland, Maine.

Tilar J. Mazzeo

Books by Tilar J. Mazzeo

by Tilar J. Mazzeo - Biography, Holocaust, Nonfiction

In 1942, one young 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.