‘Erosion: Essays of Undoing’

November 20, 2019

IN SEARING PROSE, THE AUTHOR LAMENTS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NATURAL WORLD  If you’re reading Terry Tempest Williams for the first time, you are meeting an impassioned conservationist who can […]

‘Patrimony: A True Story’

September 25, 2019

WORTH A REVISIT: PHILIP ROTH’S PLAINSPOKEN, POIGNANT MEMOIR One of life’s toughest journeys is accompanying a loved one into old age or disability. It is a trip that will inevitably […]

‘Life of David Hockney: A Novel’

September 11, 2019

THIS MELODRAMATIC, FICTIONALIZED BIOGRAPHY DREW PRAISE FROM ITS REAL-LIFE SUBJECT People who know art will recognize the name of David Hockney, and those who like the artist will enjoy this […]

‘The Drama of Celebrity’

August 21, 2019

THE CULT OF FAME FOUND AN EARLY GODDESS IN SARAH BERNHARDT “The Drama of Celebrity” by Sharon Marcus is a hybrid of biography and sociological treatise on one of the […]

‘Conversations with Abner Mikva’

August 7, 2019

A RECENT COMPENDIUM CAPTURES THE UNVARNISHED VOICE OF THE LEGENDARY PROGRESSIVE  The Land of Lincoln has produced giant oaks in the political forest, none more majestic than Abraham himself. But […]

‘The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy’

July 24, 2019

This slim recollection of America’s first family suffers from a lack of fresh material. Reviewed by Kitty Kelley With hundreds of Kennedy books bending library shelves (I’ve written two: “Jackie […]

‘All In’ for the Georgetown Book Club

January 23, 2019

By Kitty Kelley [Editor’s note: Usually in this space, The Georgetowner runs book reviews by author Kitty Kelley. In this issue, we switch it up and find Kelley joining a […]

‘Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch’

January 9, 2019

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley Anyone who has followed the Kennedys knows the bar is high for books on the subject. Having been inundated for the past 50 years with hundreds […]

‘The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy’

December 19, 2018

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley “The Patriarch” is the perfect title for the life story of Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888–1969). It resounds with the drama of rolling drums to introduce a […]

Georgetowners Remember Barbara Bush

April 19, 2018

The former first lady, who died April 17 at age 92, will be laid to rest in her adopted city of Houston. Georgetowner Boyden Gray, who started working for the Bush family in 1980, will be among the mourners present at the funeral.