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

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

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

Meet the biggest queen ever

 

Learn, Discuss, and be entertained

Upcoming venues where Vinny is scheduled to speak about The Austrian Woman. Vinny is eager to talk about his favorite person, Marie Antoinette. Find out how to invite him to your organization.

 

January 25 - March 1, 2018
Thursday's

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
CSUSB
37-500 Cook Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Details:
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

This is a class that meets every Thursday for 6 weeks.

 

Tolerance Education Center
35147 Landy Lane
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

 

February 14, 2018
Wednesday

Details:
Time: 12 Noon
Cafe Europa Club
Members only

March 19, 2018
Monday

Palm Desert Public Library
Author Talk Series
73-300 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Details:
Time: 4:00 pm
Tel: 760-346-6552
Admission is FREE.

 

May 24, 2018
Thursday

Salon for the Parched
Desert Star
1611 South Calle Palo Fierro
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Details:
Time: 6:30 pm
Tel: 612-483-0994
Tickets are required.

 
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A SICKLY WOMAN OF NEARLY THIRTY-EIGHT STANDS

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 volia l'Autrichienne! - Look, there goes the Austrian Woman."

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

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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