Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Elisabeth Amaral’s CZAR NICHOLAS, THE TOAD, AND DUCK SOUP: A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE, MIME AND MOVING ON virtual book tour March 2 – April 30!
Title: Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup
Author: Elisabeth Amaral
The mid-1960s through the mid-1970s was a heady, turbulent time. There was a lot going on back then, and author Elisabeth Amaral was in the middle of it all: the fights for women’s rights, racial equality, a music revolution, be-ins, love-ins, riots in the streets, the rage against the Vietnam War, and sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was an amazing time to be young.
In Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup, Amaral shares her recollections of those times. She and her husband gave up their jobs in New York City, relocated to Boston with their infant son because of mime, unexpectedly started a children’s boutique, and opened a popular restaurant in Harvard Square. Most of all it is a coming-of-age story about herself and her husband as they embarked on an improbable and moving journey of self-discovery.
With sincerity and humor, Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup offers a personal and revealing account that reaches out to those who find themselves striving to make a relationship work that, by its very nature, may be doomed. But this story is also one of friendship—and of finding the courage to move on.
“A truly wonderful memoir that reads like great fiction. The characters come alive on the page.” – Elizabeth Brundage, author of The Doctor’s Wife and A Stranger Like You.
“The story of how Liz Amaral and her husband became successful at the epicenter of counterculture businesses near Harvard Square / Cambridge from 1967-1975 with their boutique and restaurant is told with humor and insight. Swirling around them are all of the entrapments of the era, the drugs and free love and betrayal, as well as the politics that defined the times.
With a fierce dedication to her son and husband, Liz Amaral triumphs in this stunning memoir where she discovers that, while love isn’t always what we think it is, it remains, in all its multi-faceted transformations, the driving force of who we are and how we live our lives.” – P.B. O’Sullivan, writer and mathematician
“In her intimate and humorous memoir, Liz Amaral reveals the challenges of a young family establishing a home in Cambridge amid the tumult of the late 1960s. You will discover the disconcerting truth about her marriage and the painful path she takes to find herself again. A true adventure of the heart.” – Kathrin Seitz, writer, producer, and coach
For More Information
Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup is available at Amazon.
Pick up your paperback copy or Nook Book at Barnes & Noble.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
A native New Yorker, I have lived in the city for much of my life. My first jobs after graduating from NYU were jewelry design and case worker for the Departments of Welfare of New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts. This was followed by co-ownership of a children’s boutique (Czar Nicholas and the Toad) and a restaurant (Duck Soup) in Cambridge near Harvard Square. I then worked as an industrial purchasing agent in New Jersey, and for the last 25 years have been a real estate broker in Manhattan, accumulating stories of the wonder and madness that is this city. I published a book of short stories (When Any Kind of Love Will Do), wrote two children’s books and a memoir (Czar Nicholas, The Toad, and Duck Soup), and am currently working on a novel.
For More Information
Visit Elisabeth Amaral’s website.
Connect with Elisabeth on Facebook.
Find out more about Elisabeth at Goodreads.
Visit Elisabeth’s blog.
Monday, March 2
First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, March 3
Interview at Examiner
Wednesday, March 4
First Chapter Reveal at As the Page Turns
Thursday, March 5
Interview at The Book Rack
Friday, March 6
Guest Blogging at What Is That Book About
Monday, March 9
Interview at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, March 10
First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, March 11
Interview at The Writer’s Life
Thursday, March 12
Book Feature at Maureen’s Musings
Book Feature at Bound 2 Escape
Monday, March 16
Book Feature at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Tuesday, March 17
Book Feature at Undercover Book Reviews
Wednesday, March 18
Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, March 19
Book Feature at The Dark Phantom
Monday, March 23
Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, March 25
First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure
Thursday, March 26
Interview at Beyond the Books
Friday, March 27
Book Review at Books Reviews ETC.
Monday, April 6
Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Tuesday, April 7
Book Feature at SheWrites
Wednesday, April 8
Guest Blogging at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, April 9
Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts
Friday, April 10
Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Monday, April 13
Book Feature at The Literary Nook
Tuesday, April 14
Interview at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, April 15
Book Feature at CBY Book Club
Thursday, April 16
Interview at The Book Connection
Book Feature at Fallen Over Book Reviews
Monday, April 20
Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, April 21
First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, April 22
Book Feature at Booklover Sue
Thursday, April 23
Book Feature & Giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Monday, April 27
Interview at Blogcritics
Tuesday, April 28
Interview at Review From Here
Thursday, April 30
Guest Blogging at My Life Loves and Passion
Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
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