Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘August Wilson: A Life’ 

September 13, 2023

This biography’s brilliance approaches that of its subject.  The celebrated playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) was born Frederick August Kittel Jr. to a Black mother and a White father who abandoned […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman’   

August 16, 2023

Remember that iconic scene in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”? Mary’s editor, Lou Grant, played by Ed Asner, says, “You know, Mary. You’ve got spunk.”  She beams. “Why, thank you, […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Taking Things Hard: The Trials of F. Scott Fitzgerald’ 

July 12, 2023

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley  Analyzing the author via his lesser known stories.  Success is said to be a bitch goddess who sprays splendor like a shooting star in the night […]

‘King: A Life’: Separating the Man from the Myth

June 14, 2023

They said one to another  Behold here cometh the Dreamer  Let us slay him  And we shall see what will become of his dreams.                                                                          – Genesis 37:19-20   These words […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘The Lost Paratroopers of Normandy’   

May 10, 2023

Honoring the heroes of a little-known episode from WWII. Reviewed by Kitty Kelley  “The Lost Paratroopers of Normandy” could be a magnificent film under the direction of Steven Spielberg with […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Confessions: A Life of Failed Promises’ 

April 12, 2023

A literary critic admits his shortcomings. The writing life is full of potholes — long days and solitary nights followed by rewrites, rejections, and, for most, scant rewards. Upon publication […]

Of Inhuman Bondage: Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ Shines a Light on an Insidious Evil

February 8, 2023

Colson Whitehead is to American literature what the Rolls-Royce is to automobiles: revered and unrivaled. Having published eight novels, two books of nonfiction, and numerous essays and short stories, the […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Shine,’ a Path to Stardom

January 5, 2023

’Tis the season, and January is the time for New Year’s resolutions. So, in that spirit, Larry Thompson, a Hollywood magnate, offers his book, “SHINE: A Powerful 4-Step Plan for […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Shirley Hazzard: a Writing Life’ 

December 1, 2022

An entertaining, edifying look at the underappreciated Australian author Shirley Hazzard’s first short-story submission was plucked from a slush pile of 30,000 unsolicited manuscripts at the New Yorker by fiction […]

David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American Book Award Honors Michelle Coles 

November 9, 2022

No one hosts a more spectacular dinner party for a better cause than David Bruce Smith. His heavy parchment invitations of exquisite calligraphy arrive each fall to announce his Grateful […]