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New Book Tells Full Story of the Fascinating Madame Sherri
The ruins of Madame Sherri’s "castle," a custom-made house she had built in rural New Hampshire has piqued the curiosity of many people through the years. Who was this woman? Why did she come here? What was her story?
By: David Fiske
enigmatic Madame Antoinette Sherri. Her story is told fully in a new book, Madame Sherri - The Special Edition, released during Women’s History Month 2014. This follow-up to a book previously released by author Eric Stanway relates the complete, unvarnished, true tale of this mystery woman. It’s a tale that is at times exciting, at times sordid–but always intriguing.
Madame Sherri, originally from France, had a successful career in show business. She began as a dancer, working with her husband, Andre, a man with a questionable past. After touring on the vaudeville circuit, the pair settled down in the New York City area. Madame Sherri became a well-known costumer (designing gowns for major shows like the Ziegfeld Follies) and Andre worked producing cabaret shows. Following the death of her husband, Madame Sherri adopted an entirely new lifestyle. She had a dream house built in Chesterfield, New Hampshire and moved to that small town, where her antics and show business ways amused and perplexed the local populace. In the end, time and poverty took its toll on Madame Sherri, and she died as a ward of the state.
The book includes dozens of photographs, which combined with its straight-forward writing style, gives readers a wonderful understanding of Madame Sherri’s unique story.
About the Authors
Eric Stanway is a writer, artist and musician with over three decades of experience. The author of more than 15 books of New England history, he is also notable for his adaptation of the film "Night of the Living Dead," followed by his collaboration with Clive Barker, "Night of the Living Dead: London."
David Fiske, a genealogist and researcher, is a retired librarian, with roots in New England. His skills as a researcher and writer were put to good use in revealing the long-lost history of Solomon Northup, the subject of the hit film “12 Years a Slave,” via the biography he co-authored titled Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
The book is available from Amazon, CreateSpace, and other online vendors.
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