Mary Alice Monroe and me on Isle of Palm summer of 2021.

I’m a veteran book seller living and working in SW Florida. I am also a mother and a grandmother. I am passionate about reading and wish to share with others who enjoy receiving information about new authors, new titles and just great writing.

For ten years, I wrote book reviews for Naples Daily News. Now I write my reviews on this blog. I have worked at both Books A Million and Barnes & Noble for a total of over twenty years. But I totally hit the book lotto about five years ago when I was hired to work at a fabulous little Indy bookstore in Punta Gorda called Copperfish Books.  All this experience has paid off. My own business, Maurice On Books, has taken off like wildfire and I am now able to work for myself. I will have more time to visit more clubs, both large and small. I am excited at this next step in my literary life. 

I have a connection to many booksellers and book lovers as well as publishers, authors and literary agents. I give book talks and am very involved in the whole book process. I am able to review advance copies of books coming out in the future and let you know what my thoughts are about the future of these books. Several times in the past few years I have come across a brand new title and pronounced  it  an important read, and it has been. My all-time favorite example of this is Abraham Verghese’s CUTTING FOR STONE. More recently, I was working on marketing for  AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins. I knew it was going to be HUGE in the book world. What I didn’t know is how controversial it would become. BIG. 

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American Dirt

I will be sharing my thoughts and excitement with you and hope you will share yours. I look forward to hearing from book lovers, booksellers and anyone else interested in the book experience.

The fabulous photo on the face of my blog was taken by me on a trip to Positano a few years ago. This pic was caught from the deck of a boat in the regatta off the coast of Amalfi. Isn’t it GRAND!

I am not able to take on any unsolicited material. Due to the volume of the books arriving by publisher constantly, I am just not able to read self-published books.

I find it necessary to add this disclosure statement to my page. Please do not ask me to share contact information for any of my authors, publishers, agents, or clubs. This is private and personal information that will be kept private. Thank you for understanding.

Oh, by the way, Maurice was my Seal Point Siamese cat who was with us for 22 years. He loved a good book!


44 thoughts on “About

  1. Yeah! “Maurice on Books” is up and running … Now everyone can benefit, as I have, from your great reviews and interesting book finds. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more from “Maurice”

  2. WOW! This is fantastic! Congrats on all of your hard work which shows through your various genre selections. Your succinctly written reviews provide the reader with more than enough info to whet their appetites. I probably would not have taken the time to read ‘Katz on Dogs’ without your informative review and now I will add it to my reading list. I don’t have as much time as I would like for pleasure reading so your timely reviews allow me to make those reading selections more quickly. Keep those reviews coming…I enjoy reading them! Be sure to give Maurice a pat on the head for his continued participation and inspiration in this endeavor. (-:

  3. So glad to have found your site, thanks to The Naples Daily News. I am a self-proclaimed bookaholic and have stacks of books piled high in every corner of the house. I also run a book club at our church here in Naples and I’m always looking for new titles to recommend. In October we will discuss THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Shaffer and Burrows which is a great read! If you haven’t discovered it yet, be sure to look for it at your local bookseller.

  4. I have selected a wonderful title for our book club’s January read: THE HEMINGWAY BOOK CLUB OF KOSOVO by Paula Huntley. In 2000 the author and her lawyer husband went to live in Kosovo after the 1999 war. While her husband worked to help establish a modern legal system in Kosovo, Paul taught ESL to young people, most who wanted more than anything to learn English and to attend schools in the USA. As part of the ESL teaching process, Paula used Hemingway’s novel OLD MAN AND THE SEA as a textbook. Her young students were able to relate the story of the fisherman’s struggle to catch a big fish to the struggles they had during and after the 1999 war. It is an amazing story of hope and one that truly is inspirational…one which shows that the desires, hopes, and dreams of human beings, regardless of nationality or religion, transcend both culture and circumstance. I would love to see you review this fine book for your blog readers. Huntley has a most interesting website in which she provides updates on the lives of her students.

  5. I read your column in Thursday’s Daily News and enjoyed your review of Julie and Julia. Since you are a cookbook “expert” I’m hoping you maybe able to help me.
    I have a very old cookbook and thought maybe you might be able to help me find a value. I’ve searched Ebay, Amazon and have had no luck. it is “The Original Boston Cooking School Cook Book 1896” by Fannie Merrit Farmer. It appears to be the 12th edition but I cannot locate a date. It is in very good used condition with dust cover intact, although a little worn. I would appreciate your thoughts – thanks

    • Glad you enjoyed the review. Unfortunately, I can not help you with your cookbook dilemma. You have done all the correct research. Good luck!

  6. I am looking for book clubs in Naples, Florida. I facilitate one at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Naples but I would like to join others here in Naples. Do you know of any that are accepting new members?

  7. Jean,
    I am the ‘fearless leader’ of a book discussion group in a community called Palmira (2 mi. east of I-75 on Bonita Bch. Rd.). There are 60 women in the group. Thankfully, they don’t all come to every meeting! We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Would it be possible for you to meet with us and share your thoughts about books? I mentioned this idea to the group and they were very enthusiastic about the possibility that you might agree. In short-we would love it!
    Get back to me when you have time.
    Peg Pepe

  8. I just finished reading MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson and I highly recommend it to you and all of your readers. It is a delightful love story involving two older people in a charming English village.

  9. We stay in Naples for 4 mo. each yr. and ran across your article in the Naple’s paper. I would love to receive your reviews. Recently finished Sarah’s Key and currently reading A Long Long Time Ago Essentially True. Lark & Termite was the best written of all these books.
    Hope to meet you next winter.

  10. What a great web site! Many thanks to Daniel Silva’s FB page for clueing me in! I’m always on the lookout for new author/book recommendations and look forward to hearing more from you. Anyone who loves Daniel Silva is a friend of mine! 🙂

  11. I like your book reviews and wanted to subscribe to your blog. I don’t see that you have an RSS feed to subscribe to. Let me know if you add one so I can read your new posts.

  12. I recently finished The Help byKathryn Stockett. I just couldn’t put it down. I was a young adult in Chicago at the time this book took place.
    What a struggle for the people of color anywhere in the USA.

  13. Love your reviews and they have been a great source for my book club. Wondering if you have read “Someone Knows My Name” by Laurence Hill? It is our book club book for this month and all of the members loved it. It does not seem to get much attention here in the US but I understand it is has a big following in Canada where it goes under the title of “The Book of Negroes”. Amazing story of a woman slave during the Revolutionary war.

  14. Just wanted to say thank you for your recommendations! I have read some wonderful books because of your column in the Naples Daily News.

  15. Hello,
    Thank you for your note on my site, http://www.gaylelemmon.com. I am delighted you enjoyed The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, and very much appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. Readers like you will make the difference for this book, and I appreciate your help in spreading the word. Together we can help get a bit of credit to the unsung heroines who pull families through difficult times every day, all around the world.
    My best,

    Gayle Lemmon

  16. Dear Jean-
    I recently spoke at a newcomers club called Encore while visiting Southwest Florida and I enjoyed reading your reveiw of Keeping Time in The Naples Daily News. I would be happy to send you my latest novel, A Slender Thread (NAL Penguin) for your pleasure or possible review. Thanks for all you are doing for readers and writers!
    Katharine Davis

  17. I just read your column on The Soldier’s Wife. Sounds good…I’ll read it. Since I’m a 3-4 book a week reader (don’t even ask how I get my work done), I have a long list of favorite authors and hate to pick up another one but I do
    occasionaly try something new recommended by a friend. I was amused by your reluctance to get into The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I was initally put of by the letter format too but its worth it. Try again……jackie davis

  18. I just finished The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats. Have you reviewed this book? If yes, how can I retrieve your review? If not, please do. I desperately want to know your thoughts on this wonderful book. Thank you.

  19. I have just moved here and am trying to find a book club near where I live.

    I live in collier county at Lely golf estates and would appreciate any help in this regard. Thanks.

  20. I can find lots of information on here except for your name. I don’t want to refer to you as the woman who writes “Maurice on Books”.

  21. Hello and welcome to the Puddletown Reviews community. So glad you chose to follow my book reviews. We are about as far apart geographically as we could be. And think of all the books between us! I enjoyed visiting your blog and will be following as soon as I finish this comment and hit “post.” 🙂

  22. So interesting to read your “about”! I had a Seal Point Siamese named Coconut who was with us for just over 16 years and was a sweetie and a character. He loved having conversations with me and a select few others 🙂

  23. I keep trying to sign up for Mauriceonbooks and can’t get the site to send the confirmation email. Please help. I saw your presentation and want to get your blogs on a regular basis. Thank you!

  24. Are you familiar with Silent Book Club? They’re on facebook and also at silentbook.club. There are more than 20,000 members worldwide. My daughter is a co-founder.

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