Sharing the Love – Book Giveaway: Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran

Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran
ISBN 978-0-307-58865-4
446 pages
Crown Publishers (February 2011)

CONTEST open from February 13 – February 20, 2011 (at 5:00 pm PST)

In honor of Valentine’s Day (which is tomorrow), I thought I’d share my love of one of my favorite historical fiction writers.

Thanks to the generosity of the author, one lucky winner will win a SIGNED, first edition hardcover of Madame Tussaud as well as a pair of Marie Antoinette cupcake earrings – pictured to the right (click on the picture to enjoy a larger, more detailed view).


Michelle Moran’s latest novel (being released February 15th) is set in the tumultuous period of the French Revolution and features a fascinating female character. Madame Tussaud spans five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, and brings the reader “into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

Read a synopsis of the book and a Q & A with the author.


Michelle Moran was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA. She attended Pomona College where she majored in English. Following a summer in Israel (where she worked as a volunteer archaeologist), she earned an MA from the Claremont Graduate University. Moran has traveled around the world. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra’s Daughter. Read more about Moran and her fantastic novels on the author’s website and/or follow her blog.


  1. Contest is open world-wide.
  2. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM (PST) on February 20, 2011
  3. Please visit the Q & A with the author (on the author’s website) and then come back and leave me a comment telling me one thing you learned from it that you did not know before. One entry per person, please!
  4. I will draw a winner sometime after 5:00 PM (PST) on February 20th and announce their name here on my blog; I will also send the winner an email to confirm and they must respond to that email within 5 days with their snail mail address. If I do not get a response within 5 days, I will draw another winner.

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  1. I learned how 18th century dentristry worked!

    Sounds like such a marvellous book!

    • Linda B on February 13, 2011 at 06:05

    I read about two rather creepy items in the Q & A – the selling of one’s teeth for use in wax works, and visualizing a young Marie sorting through severed heads in the cemetery. Interesting but disturbing.
    But, the book sounds wonderful and I hope to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Amanda W on February 13, 2011 at 07:25

    I learned that in her day, people would go to street dentists.

  2. I know this sounds bad, but I didn’t know that Madame Tussaud was a real person 🙂
    Thank you for the terrifice giveaway.

    • anne on February 13, 2011 at 08:31

    Wonderful giveaway. She navigated two worlds and tutored the Kings’s sister.

    • Lori L on February 13, 2011 at 09:52

    I had never thought about the fact that while navigating two very different worlds during a turbulent time, it was her artistry that saved her. I very much like the thought of a persons artistry saving them.

    • Gypsi on February 13, 2011 at 11:35

    I had no idea Madame Tussaud had been through the French Revolution. I just thought of her as a product of Britain, never thinking what her past might have been. What a fascinating story hers is! I really do want to read more about her now!

    • Pamela on February 13, 2011 at 13:03

    I learned that Madame Tussaud was a real person. How interesting!

    • Laura on February 13, 2011 at 19:23

    I didn’t know that Madame Tussaud lived during the French Revolution, which is a period that really interests me right now.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Well, I’m embarrassed to admit I learned that she was a real person! I had no idea. I also thought the bit about dentistry was interesting, and it made me thankful to live in this century in America with access to much better dental care!

    • Carol Wong on February 14, 2011 at 12:20

    I learned that Madam Tussaud used teeth recycled from dentists!! I am shocked I thought the teeth would be wax too.


    • carol on February 14, 2011 at 12:51

    To be honest, I had never really thought of her as living through the French Revolution and how amazing that really was.

    • karenk on February 14, 2011 at 15:10

    18th century denistry…interesting 🙂

    • Sheila on February 14, 2011 at 15:50

    Madame Tussaud lived through the bloody Reign of Terror!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

    • Susan on February 14, 2011 at 18:53

    I didn’t know how many people (mostly commoners) died during the French Revolution – over 500,000! Yikes.

  4. I learned that I’m very happy living in this century and not then because I have to visit the dentist a lot and would be very disgusted with street dentistry. The thought of my teeth being resold-just yuck!! Thank you for hosting such a fun giveaway!

    • Susan Taylor on February 14, 2011 at 22:38

    The Bastille no longer exists. I didn’t know that. Studied about it in school.

    susanbillietaylor [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Ray on February 15, 2011 at 06:05

    It was until the interview that I learned how teeth in early wax museums are actual teeth!

    • Jessica on February 15, 2011 at 09:28

    I learned the best way to research or learn something new is to go to the place in person. I would love to go to France.

    • Cathy G on February 15, 2011 at 09:47

    Thanks for the giveaway – crossing fingers as this sounds like a great read! I had never heard or ‘liberty trees’ and would love to know what counts as “disrespecting” them (pulling them up? not bowing to them?)

    • Carol M on February 15, 2011 at 14:59

    People would sell their teeth in order to buy bread!

    • Mariska on February 15, 2011 at 20:40

    I learned that Marie Tussaud bought real teeth for her wax models !

  5. The answer about the street dentistry was priceless. I thought I knew a lot about history, but one never fails to learn new and interesting historical tidbits.

    Michelle’s passion for history is so inspiring!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Amy on February 16, 2011 at 10:30

    Thank you to both of you for this very generous giveaway. I enjoyed the Q&A on Michelle’s blog. I didn’t realize how comprehensive and far-reaching was the research Michelle undertook for this book. After physically visiting as many sites as exist related to Madame Tussaud and reading every book that provides information, Michelle emailed interviewed and spoke with many historians. It’s no wonder the rave reviews Madame Tussaud is receiving. Michelle believes that Madame Tussaud would be very please that her wax museaum has expanded worl-wide but not surprised!

    ~ Amy

    • Micki on February 17, 2011 at 03:41

    I did not know that more than 500,000 French citizens were murdered during the revolution!

  6. I learned that her research started in France — interesting attempts to trace Madame Tussaud’s footsteps.

    Many thanks for the chance to win this book (and bonus!), Wendy and Michelle!

    • Jade Walker on February 18, 2011 at 02:43

    I learnt that in 18th century France most people went to street dentists! Ouchie >.<

    • Amy R on February 18, 2011 at 20:40

    I learned that Madame Tussaud was a real person – I’ve never been to one of her wax museums, and simply had never thought about *who* Madame Tussaud was. I wonder (haven’t checked to see) if she and Marie Antoinette were born the same year.

  7. Love these contests :). I did not know that dentists would extract teeth on the street!

    • Kerry S. on February 19, 2011 at 15:22

    I had never heard of liberty trees before, or that you could put yourself in real danger by “disrespecting” one. Somehow, I wasn’t surprised to learn about that aspect of the French Revolution, though. A very blood time in French history indeed!

    • Audrey Cherry on February 20, 2011 at 07:35

    The fact of street dentists is something new to me and shows just how desperate times were. I always assumed that the creation of the wax museum was much later in history and not quite as contemporary.

  8. I learned that Madame Tussaud was a woman who lived during the French Revolution! I really knew nothing about her except that her name was on wax museums. I didn’t even know she was a real person until I started hearing about this book. I am fascinated to learn more about her and her activities during the French revolution. Also very interested in the street dentistry – my husband is studying to be a dentist and I’m excited to tell him this interesting little factoid.

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