Empty Mansions for book clubs

News: Empty Mansions has been named the nonfiction book of the year by the 600+ clubs of the Pulpwood Queens. Read the announcement.

Have you seen that some authors are charging book clubs high fees to meet with them? Save your money. If your book club is discussing Empty Mansions, arrange for one of the authors to meet with your group in person or via phone or Skype for free.

Send an email to Bill Dedman. (Let us know the date and time, and we'll work it out to be there in person or via Skype.)

Here's a sheet of information about the book. We hope you'll share this with each of your members.

A discussion guide for book clubs has been published by Random House Reader’s Circle. Look here for an interview with the authors by Patrick McCord of The Editing Co. in Westport, Connecticut, and here you can find discussion questions for readers. If you prefer to have those documents in a text file for easy printing, look here or send an email to Bill Dedman.

The audio book is perfect for use during a book club discussion, with Huguette Clark’s voice in excerpts from her conversations with co-author Paul Clark Newell Jr. The book is read by Kimberly Farr. You can see details, listen to an excerpt and find various outlets for downloading the audiobook via Random House Audio. You can buy the audio book directly from Audible, eMusic or through your iTunes player.

Here's an excerpt from the Empty Mansions audio book, as read by actress Kimberly Farr. This is six minutes from Chapter 1, describing Huguette's arrival in America and the Clark Mansion on Fifth Avenue. Click on the control below to play the audio. And click here to buy the audio book, which can be downloaded to a computer, smartphone or tablet.

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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune