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The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style. From HarperCollins.

"Told in a light and graceful style that is just right for its subject, ‘The Widow Clicquot’ takes us on a journey from a well-stocked wine shop in the American Midwest to the dusty Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin company archives in Reims. It’s a fascinating trip, made even more so by Ms. Mazzeo’s charming cameo appearances as a kind of a tour guide."  – Julia Flynn Siler, The Wall Street Journal

"'The Widow Clicquot,” Tilar J. Mazzeo’s sweeping oenobiography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, is the story of a woman who was a smashing success long before anyone conceptualized the glass ceiling.  – Jane and Michael Stern, New York Times

A New York Times travel writing bestseller, The Hotel on Place Vendome traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris to the present, much-awaited renovation currently underway. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime.  


Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery, where refugees were hidden in secret rooms, a Jewish bartender passed coded messages for the German resistance, and Wehrmacht officers plotted to assassinate the Führer. By the spring of 1944, as the war drew to an agonizing close, these stories were all coming to their dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking conclusions.


The result is the story of The Ritz at War--a singular season at the world-class hotel, an intimate portrait of the last days of the Second World War.  From HarperCollins.

A far-ranging search to uncover the full story of No.5’s creation, iconic status, and extraordinary success. Mazzeo goes back through time and deep into the life of Coco Chanel, its brilliant and deeply flawed creator, taking readers to the rose plantations and celebrated jasmine fields where the perfume begins, and on to the laboratories and boardrooms where scent and sex are intertwined.


She takes us to the heart of the Chanel empire: 31 Rue Cambon, Coco Chanel’s flagship boutique, where six decades ago American G.I.s stormed the counters to possess the magical elixir that captured the luxury and romance of Paris for their girls back home. From HarperCollins.


“Mazzeo calls her book an ‘unauthorized biography of a scent,’ but in fact it is a biography of Coco Chanel as seen through the prism of her famous square flacon....[S]he explores interconnections between designer and perfume, teasing out the relationship with ­delicacy.”  

The New York Times Book Review

This updated guide to the small and "secret" back-lane wineries and tasting rooms of Napa, along with the it's companion guide, The Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma, profiles over 70 hard-to-find, authentic boutique estates that feature world-class, artisanal wines revered by locals and critics.  


Written during the years that the author called the California wine country home, there are guides born of insider knowledge and passion.  


The second edition, now published by Ten Speed Press, once again features stunning images by photographer (and winemaker) Paul Hawley.  Look for the forthcoming guide to the back lane wineries of the Pacific Northwest soon.  From Ten Speed Press.


"This is the quintessential guide…wines that you can keep a secret or brag to your friends that you’ve found the new best-tasting wine."  —Sonoma Sun

Featured as in-flight educational content on Virigin America Airlines, this is the 24-lesson master course that has made Tilar J. Mazzeo one of the preeminent instructors of narrative nonfiction in the United States. From The Great Courses.


We all have a story we want to share with others. Maybe it's a funny or dramatic moment in your everyday life. Perhaps it's an unforgettable trip overseas or a heartwarming family reunion. Or possibly even the life of a close relative or public figure that has inspired you in some unique way.


Regardless of the story or experience, there's no better way to write, record, and share it than through the power of creative nonfiction. In this course, you'll learn new techniques to improve your skills and tips on getting your book published.

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