Joie de Livres, the Theatre Arts of Detroit’s Book Club enjoyed the story behind the story of BORDER CROSSINGS: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance when Sandra Novacek attended their meeting.
I am Sandra Novacek, Charles Novacek’s widow and I’d love to visit your book club meeting – in person, by phone or even Skype – to answer questions about Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance – the history behind the book and/or the publishing process, or anything else that interests you. I can bring photos and artifacts even samples of Charles’ art work if you’d like.
The book, a firsthand account, is part history, part love story and reads like a suspense novel in part. It describes the impact of World War II and the Cold War on Karel (Charles) Novacek, a Czechoslovakian boy who actively participated with his family in the Czech Resistance against the Nazis and the Communists from the age of 11 to 20.
After escaping his homeland in 1948, Novacek fled to Germany, then Venezuela, and finally immigrated with his wife and children to the United States in 1956, where he became an American citizen and established a successful career in Detroit, Michigan.
Endorsed by Madeleine Albright, Border Crossings has been a winner and finalist of 14 awards for independent publishing including a “Gold Medal – Memoir” for the 2012 Midwest Book Awards and “Bronze Medal – World History” for the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.
Here is what some other readers have said about Border Crossings:
Reads like a suspense novel
Well-told and dramatic story
A powerful memoir
Speaks directly to the human heart
Intimate, intense, fascinating
Beautifully rendered record of a remarkable life
Part memoir and part history lesson
Fascinating story – I felt like I was sitting next to him
A book that I couldn’t put down
A story for young and old alike
It is a page-turner and a story you will not forget
Thrilling and inspirational memoir
Amazing story shows the real meaning of survival
You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate it
There is no charge for my visit. I only ask that you pay my mileage if you’re more than 25 miles from my home. Buying the book is not required, but if your group chooses to read Border Crossings, I will provide a discount for paperbacks. Also, there’s a “Reading Group Guide” for the book on my website blog.
Please contact me, Sandra Novacek at email@example.com or call 313.832.1148. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.