Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘1957: The Year That Launched the American Future’

April 15, 2021

Former NBC and Fox News correspondent Eric Burns divides his 15th book into five parts, the most important being on race, the cutting issue of our times then and now.

‘Widowish: A Memoir’

March 10, 2021

In this very personal narrative of joy, grief and recovery, author Melissa Gould struggles with the loss of her husband and the category it suddenly puts her in.

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Pride of Family’

February 11, 2021

A decades-old memoir by Carol Ione and the brand-new Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship for African American Biography celebrate Black women and Black writers.

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Henry Adams in Washington’

January 14, 2021

Though fact-filled, this biography by George Washington University professor of English Ormond Seavey does strangely little to reveal the private man behind the public persona.

‘The Lost Diary of M: A Novel’

September 18, 2020

THIS FICTIONALIZED ACCOUNT OF ONE OF JFK’S REAL-LIFE LOVERS WILL DELIGHT CAMELOT BUFFS AND GOSSIP HOUNDS ALIKE Many intriguing stories spring from the “what if ” crevices of a writer’s […]

‘Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run Revolution’

August 13, 2020

THE OLD-SCHOOL STYLE OF BATTING HAS BEEN TURNED ON ITS HEAD From the title, “Swing Kings,” readers might think Jared Diamond is writing about Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. But […]

‘Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography’

July 15, 2020

UNSUNG OR UNWELL? REEVALUATING THE FIRST LADY THROUGH A FEMINIST LENS “Mary Todd Lincoln remains America’s most provocative First Lady,” writes Jean H. Baker in the first sentence of her […]

‘The Moment of Tenderness’

June 17, 2020

THIS COLLECTION OF MADELEINE L’ENGLE’S EARLY STORIES SEEMS HEARTFELT, IF ILL-CONSIDERED Review by Kitty Kelley Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was a storyteller known for her childhood fables, religious tracts and fanciful […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Lost in Ghost Town’

May 4, 2020

Author Carder Stout’s name will resonate with Georgetowners who remember his family from when they lived in a mansion at 31st and P Streets.

Kitty Kelley Book Club: The Silent Justice’s Deafening Opinions

April 22, 2020

Clarence Thomas, the longest-sitting justice on the current Supreme Court, is referred to as the silent one because he hardly speaks during oral arguments. Instead, he sits quietly in his […]