Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Patrick Radden Keefe

Review by David Starkey Patrick Radden Keeffe tells us in the Preface to in his new book, Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, that the twelve long-form…

Conversations with Goethe by Johann Peter Eckermann

Review by David Starkey That Penguin Classics is publishing a new translation (by Allan Blunden) of a book packed with quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who died in 1832,…

Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph by Lucasta Miller

The subtitle of Lucasta Miller’s Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph tells you most of what you need to know about the book’s contents. It is…

Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leerhsen

Review by Elizabeth Starkey The introduction to Charles Leerhsen’s Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain concludes with a recap of one of those piquant Tony voice-overs,…

Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me by Ada Calhoun

Review by David Starkey As he appears in Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me, Ada Calhoun’s father, The New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl, seems like kind…

Shanda: A Memoir of Shame and Secrecy by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Review by Walter Cummins In her latest book, Shanda, Letty Cottin Pogrebin revisits the early and mid-twentieth century obsession with covering up family scandals that, if revealed, would destroy the…

Home: A Story of Emigration by Anthony Stevens

Review by Linda Lappin In this lyrical, hybrid narrative combining novel, documentary, autobiography, and diary, British author, Anthony Stevens pieces together a chapter of his family history: his great grandparents’…

Hidden Cargoes by Chris Arthur

Review by Walter Cummins Hidden Cargoes—like Chris Arthur’s previous eight essay collections—is a book that can change your life, not so much your behaviors and beliefs but how you relate…

Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise by Jack Parlett

Review Essay by Walter Cummins Jack Parlett made his initial visit to the gay village of Cherry Grove on Fire Island in 2017 with his friend Celine by walking a…

The Unwritten Book: An Investigation by Samantha Hunt

Review by Walter Cummins Samantha Hunt subtitles The Unwritten Book an “Investigation.” The connotation of that word suggests a systematic analysis of clues. But what Hunt has really produced is…