‘John Lewis: The Last Interview and Other Conversations’   

January 12, 2022

The late congressman’s star continues to shine. Reviewed by Kitty Kelley   A hero is someone who can be admired without apology: no excuses, no explanations. A rara avis such as Nelson Mandela, Mother […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: A Fateful Friendship

December 9, 2021

A Fateful Friendship Mark Perry’s 2004 Biography Expertly Captures the Bond Between Two American Icons Readers who appreciate Civil War memoirs and enjoy biographies will treasure Mark Perry’s 2004 double-barreled […]

‘There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century’  

November 10, 2021

The foreign-policy expert sees parallels between her lower-class roots and the hurdles facing today’s workers.   England is strangled by its pernicious class system. Even in 2021, the country’s rigid social […]

Fiona Hill at Q&A Cafe Nov. 16; Kitty Kelley Book Review Included


Fiona Hill will be interviewed at the Q&A Cafe, Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the George Town Club. Hill has a new book, “There Is Nothing For You Here,” that traces […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence’   

October 14, 2021

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley  An instructive but dry treatise on a grim subject.  Despite their mutual animosity, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill will be forever linked as a result of […]

‘First Friends: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents’: Presidential BFFs Receive Recognition in a Romp of a Read 

September 16, 2021

Imagine you are a contestant on “Jeopardy!” and you select “Presidents and Their Female Friends” for $200. The host says: “This 20th-century president was known for his close relationships with […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Blind Man’s Bluff: A Memoir’ 

August 18, 2021

Some memoirs flicker like fireflies on a summer night. Others pierce your psyche with their subjects’ tortured experiences, consequent miseries and — finally — their oh-so-glorious survival. “The Story of […]

The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free

July 14, 2021

THIS OTHERWISE INFORMATIVE HISTORY IS HAMSTRUNG BY ITS FIXATION ON SYLVIA PLATH’S NOTORIOUS SUICIDE Back in the day (circa 1930 – 1960), small-town girls with big-city dreams headed for New […]

‘Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause’

June 21, 2021

WITH SEARING HONESTY, A RETIRED SOLDIER/PROFESSOR COMES TO TERMS WITH HIS LIFELONG WORSHIP OF A TRAITOR Early in the Civil War, the Union Army seized “Arlington” — Robert E. Lee’s […]

‘The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915’

May 17, 2021

A DENSELY WRITTEN, FACT-PACKED ACCOUNT OF A PIVOTAL PERIOD IN U.S. HISTORY “The Age of Acrimony” is an apt title for the combustible years from 1865 to 1915, when, according […]