Books by Karen Abbott

NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2019

"An entertaining tale ripped from the headlines of Jazz Age America."
Crimes and misdemeanors animate a spirited history. Read full book review >
LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY by Karen Abbott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Remarkable, brave lives rendered in a fluidly readable, even romantic history lesson."
Four Civil War subversives—who happened to be women—garner a lively treatment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"A fast-paced, funny, flavorful reckoning with a unique American icon."
Abbott (Sins in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul, 2008) presents a rollicking account of Gypsy Rose Lee (1911-1970), the legendary striptease artist who titillated legions and battled her monstrous stage mother Rose, a gorgon of a woman who would make Medea blanche. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 17, 2007

"A rollicking tale from a more vibrant time: history to a ragtime beat."
Atlanta-based journalist Abbott debuts with a dispatch from the seething underbelly of old-time Chicago, where a pair of sisters ran the finest whorehouse in the land. Read full book review >