‘An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s’  

May 8, 2024

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley   An exquisite ode to a pivotal decade in America.   The Bible’s “Parable of the Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30) instructs on how to live a worthwhile life. A […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: You Can Rest in Peace in Georgetown, If You Can Afford It   

April 10, 2024

If you live in Georgetown, you can sin and be saved in the same zip code. Bars and bistros border the 12 square blocks of this historic area, which also […]

Kitty Kelley: ‘The Washington Book: How to Read Politics and Politicians’  

March 13, 2024

A witty, mostly winning compilation of columnist Carlos Lozada’s previous work.   It takes journalistic bravado to republish old columns and present them as timely or even worth rereading. The feat […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl’ 

February 14, 2024

A devastating early memoir that spoke the truth about slavery. Reviewed by Kitty Kelley Any roll call of saints must include the name of Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897), who escaped from […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘After Elizabeth: Can the Monarchy Save Itself?’ 

January 10, 2024

A brash young author offers dubious advice to the crown.    “After Elizabeth” purports to be the first life-saving buoy tossed to a drowning monarchy. “We’ve been conning ourselves,” writes […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: The Reward of Double Rainbows 

December 6, 2023

‘The Postcard’ delivers an immeasurable gift to readers.   An “un-put-down-able” book is like a double rainbow — rare and oh so magical. Titles like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Letters for the Ages: The Private and Personal Letters of Sir Winston Churchill’ 

October 10, 2023

An edifying peek at what “Winny” wrote behind the scenes. Nazi troops began studying English phrasebooks to prepare for their invasion of Great Britain. France had fallen under Germany’s Blitzkrieg […]

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 […]