Ever wonder what it's like to be a Queen?

Marie Antoinette would tell you
the glitz is the first perk to go.

Tribulation makes us realize who we really are.
— Marie Antoinette

Meet the biggest queen ever


Learn, Discuss, and be entertained

Vinny Stoppia has been invited to speak at book clubs, country clubs, social organizations, and public libraries. In addition, Vinny has also taught several classes at OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at the CSUSB Palm Desert campus.

Interested in having Vinny enhance your organization's event? Contact him to discuss your ideas; he'd love to hear from you.

Below are some upcoming venues where Vinny is scheduled to speak. 

September 7, 2019

Palm Springs Library
300 South Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Hosted by the Palm Springs
Genealogical Society

Time: 10:00 am
Open to the public

All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore

Welwood Murray Memorial Library
100 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA

October 15, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM

Marie Antoinette: Cursed From Birth

November 15, 2019

Cathedral City Senior Center
37171 W. Buddy Rogers Ave
Cathedral City, CA

Time: 12 Noon

Marie Antoinette: Cursed from Birth.

December 13, 2019

Cathedral City Senior Center
37171 W. Buddy Rogers Ave
Cathedral City, CA

Time: 12 Noon 

All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore


February 5, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm

All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore

Heritage Palms Country Club
Gala Dinner and Presentation
Indio, CA

March 4, 2020

Rice Museum
Georgetown, South Carolina

Time: 4:30 pm

A Tale of Two Revolutions: The Rocky Romance between the American and French Revolutions

Past recent events:

Apr 11, 18, 25, 2019 - OSHER CSUSB
- All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore

Mar 22, 2019 - Oakmont of Segovia
- All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore

August 20, 2019 - Joslyn Senior Center
- All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore

Mar 21, 2019 - Salon For the Parched
- All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore

Jan 26, 2019 - PSVE Luncheon
- All Ashore Who Are Going Ashore

Jan 15, 2019 - High Tea
- Jungle Red: Women Abstract Expressionist Artists Who Clawed Their Way to Recognition

Nov 2, 2018 - Oakmont of Segovia
- Marie Antoinette:Cursed From Birth

Oct 8, 2018 - Jewish Family Services
- Marie Antoinette:Cursed From Birth

Sep 29, 2018 - Idyllwild Library
- Marie Antoinette:Cursed From Birth

Sep 26, 2018 - Rotary Club of Palm Springs
- Marie Antoinette:Cursed From Birth


Take A Peek At A Page



in a prison cell as a rat scurries past her feet. She seems immune to the droning of the courtroom bureaucrats. She faintly comprehends they speak of her just punishment. What do these ruffians know of justice? In the next moment, she is jerked alert with fear. Her linen bonnet is yanked off her head as her neatly arranged hair is brusquely chopped off at the neckline. Against her useless protests, the executioner binds her hands behind her back. Tears trickle down her cheeks as she is led out of the prison to a waiting wagon. She sits on a plank of rough wood for a jolting ride to the place of execution. Floating in and out of her jumbled thoughts, she remains keenly conscious of each sound. She is lulled by the clicking cart wheels on the cobblestones as she oddly recalls a fun-loving girl of six, playing with her toy collection of Noah, his ark, and traveling companions. My God, what ever happened to that once carefree child? How did she, the radiant Queen of France, end up in a dung cart on her way to execution? She knows that she is reviled by the multitude lining the streets. She still wonders what she has done to make them hate her so fervently. Most onlookers peering through the unbroken line of troops are shocked into silence, glimpsing this once mighty monarch reduced to a haggard woman. She struggles to piece together the words rising from thousands thronging the route. At last she comprehends the repeated phrase. It clings to her fleeting moments like a trembling child to its mother. "Et voilà, l'Autrichienne! - Look, there goes the Austrian Woman."

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Vinny Stoppia, a native from the Big Apple, survived and thrived through sixteen years of parochial education. He worked for twenty-three years at the United Nations Headquarters observing the political luminaries of the Cold War Era.

For more than fifty years, Vinny gobbled up anything about eighteenth century France - in particular, the singular Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. His narrative about the life of this lightning-rod monarch, The Austrian Woman, is the culmination of a life long passion to recall her story.

Vinny moved to Palm Springs, California in 1993. In his free time, Vinny enriches his life by volunteering for several organizations. He has scant time to misbehave in the desert paradise because his dog, Teddy, keeps him on a tight leash.


What Readers Are Saying About The Austrian Woman

I couldn’t read this book in brief spurts because it is too much of a page turner. I had to see what came next. It packs humanity and historical detail into a living weave.
— James Malcolm
The author brings history to a contemporary audience with understanding and wit. The quotes at each chapter’s end are so clever; they almost make the read worth it by themselves.
— Vinetta Barthel
The book took my breath away at times. The author’s writing easily moves from a knowledgeable, informed voice to one of a friend, leaning in to whisper a juicy tidbit.
— Steven Rushefsky
I loved The Austrian Woman! The history, characters, and the quotes at the end of each chapter were so well put together. And the book cover, so eye-catching!
— Betty Ulrich
The author illuminates the people and events of a fascinating and frightening time in history with clarity and humor. I particularly enjoyed the quotes which accompany each chapter as they draw parallels to contemporary events. Bravo, Vinny Stoppia!
— Jesse Dorsey
This book is full of historical information but it reads more like an exciting novel. I loved the author’s writing style which kept me on the edge of my seat. As a retired teacher, I give Mr. Stoppia an A++.
— Ray Smythe
Vinny Stoppia’s biography of Marie Antoinette is one of the best and I have read many books about the beheaded queen. Stoppia has done his homework and he astutely analyzes the politics that led up to the Revolution. His presentation of the Affair of the Diamond Necklace is the best I have ever seen. His description of her imprisonment and trial is masterful and conveys the sense of a tragic fall eloquently.
— Steve Harris
The author relates so many nuances, intriguing personalities, and machinations that the reader feels that Vinny Stoppia must have been an eyewitness to the story. It was almost impossible to put down the book even though I already knew the outcome for this Austrian woman.
— Linda Ley
This biography of one of the 18th century’s most heralded personages reads like a colloquial historical narrative with a 21st century perspective. The book left me wanting even more, as if a sequel were possible. Kudos on a job well done.
— Robert Harkinish
Loved the book, not only for learning more about history, but the comments along the way. Vinny Stoppia made the reading so pleasurable.
— Celia Schwartz
Having been enchanted by Downtown Abbey and (more recently) The Young Victoria on PBS, I would love to see The Austrian Woman as a televised series. This book is full of wonder, but written to let us judge Marie Antoinette for ourselves.
— Gary Freeman
The author makes a complicated French history approachable and entertaining. The book paints a picture of the politics, expectations, and confines that shaped Marie Antoinette’s life at Versailles.
— Michelle Shader
Never has history been so entertaining! Even knowing the queen’s ultimate fate, I kept hoping for some new discovery that would ultimately change the course of events.
— Les Wheeler
This amazing book manages to combine the author’s knowledge of a period in history, with his ability to distill that knowledge into a highly readable and absorbing narrative.
— M. Cricket
I know there are thousands of books written on the French Revolution and Marie Antoinette, but this book is unique. It makes history fun and easy to read. And the last chapters had me in tears.
— Osvaldo Malave
Holden Caulfield said his idea of a good author was someone you wanted to call and chat with. After reading this book, I wanted to call Vinny Stoppia who knows his queen so well. This book is a DIAMOND of a read!
— Mickey Welch
Normally, I do not read non-fiction. But I could not put this book down because it was entertaining and informative. What an enjoyable history lesson!
— Neal Victor
A riveting account of Marie Antoinette’s life. It is so cleverly written in a contemporary style. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it changed my views of the person and circumstances that led to her demise.
— Archie H. Porter