Award-winning Author’s Widow Wants to Speak to Book Clubs

Award-winning Author’s Widow Wants to Speak to Book Clubs

Dear Book Club Members,

I have an award-winning title to recommend to your book club. Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance by Charles Novacek.

Endorsed by Madeleine Albright, Border Crossings has received 14 awards including “Gold Medal – Memoir” for the 2012 Midwest Book Awards and “Bronze Medal – World History” for the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards. It reads like a suspense novel.

The book, a firsthand account, describes the impact of World War II and the Cold War on a Czechoslovakian boy Karel (Charles) Novacek. He actively participated with his family in the Czech Resistance against the Nazis and the Communists from the age of eleven to twenty.

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 carer in Detroit, Michigan.

I am Charles’ widow and I’d love to visit your book club meeting – in person, by phone or even Skype – to answer questions about Border Crossings – the history behind the book and/or the publishing process, or anything else that interests. I can bring photos and artifacts even samples of Charles’ art work if you’d like me to.

Here is what some readers have said about Border Crossings:

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


                                                                    Highly recommended!

                                                                    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 

                                                                    Suspenseful,concisely written


I don’t charge for my visit and purchasing the book is not required. If your group chooses to read Border Crossings, I will provide a discount for paperbacks. There’s a Reading Group Guide for the book on my website/blog,

Please contact me at or call 313.832.1148. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Sandra Novacek

Website/blog & Facebook: https://www.facebook.comBorderCrossingsComingOfAgeInTheCzechResistance

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