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Subject: Need Help Finding Book
Date Posted: 1/17/2009 8:25 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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Hi,

I was in NY this past week and saw an ad for a book on a subway. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the book and cannot seem to find on PBS or the major retailers' sites. I'm hoping that someone may know the book or perhaps takes the train and can keep an eye out for the ad.

The ad said something to the effect of, a Russian woman moves to the USA as a teenager, then becomes homeless by her early 20's and then is one of the richest women in Russia by 27. I may have mixed up the ages and order of events, but this was the general idea.

I'm not sure if this is a fictional book or a biography, so I've posted this same message in both boards. Please forgive the double posting.

Can anyone help?

Thank you!

Marie

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 8:27 PM ET
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I think the book you are looking for is The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It.

"The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It, by Tilar J. Mazzeo. (Collins, $25.95). A good feminist romp through the history of champagne. The real-life Veuve Clicquot was born in 1777 as Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin. Married at 20 and widowed at 27, she took over the fledgling wine business of her late husband, Francois Clicquot, with no experience in business. In little more than a decade, she became one of the richest women in France, taking enormous risks to make enormous profits by running blockades to supply champagne to Russia's thirsty nobility during the Napoleonic Wars. The author, a cultural historian who divides her time between the California wine country and teaching at Colby College in Maine, explains how champagne became synonymous with celebration. "

There are some good reviews of it on Amazon, here http://www.amazon.com/Widow-Clicquot-Story-Champagne-Empire/dp/006128856X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233105837&sr=1-1

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 12:24 AM ET
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Hmmm, I'm not sure. From the book description, it doesn't reference the US or homelessness. I may request it but still think the book I'm seeking it out there.

Thank you for ths suggestion.

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 8:26 PM ET
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I have seen that same ad. It wasn't so much for a book as it was for a series of "self help" cd's I think. I will keep my eyes peeled for the ad for you!
Date Posted: 4/18/2009 8:49 PM ET
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Hi,

Thanks for the response. I had given up hope of finding it, given that I don't live in NY to regularly see the subway ads. I even contemplated contacting the subway people to see if their advertising dept would know who was sold ad space. On the premise that I would look crazy, I did not actually place the call.

Self help cd's......hmmm........now I'll have to search again. it's really bugging me that I could never figure it out.

Marie

Subject: Found it!!
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 1:55 AM ET
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My Life Experience- Book 1 Emigration

It took a lot of searches and a few phone calls, but I found it and order it at full price from my favorite independent bookstore. Since they tried to held me find it, I figured the least I could do was order it from them.

I sent an e-mail to the NY transportation authority regarding the advertisement. They referred me to CBS outdoor advertising via written mail. A quick Google search later and a toll-free number was located. The operator put me in touch with Pete who is responsible for the subway advertising. After a search of his files, he returned my call with the title. A quick call to Paul at the bookstore and it's on its way!

Thank you to everyone who helped me.

Marie