Books by Pagan Kennedy

Pagan Kennedy is the author of seven books. The most recent, Black Livingstone, was a New York Times Notable Book and a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. Her novel Spinsters won a Barnes & Noble Discover Award and was short-listed for Great Britain'


INVENTOLOGY by Pagan Kennedy
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A delightful account of how inventors do what they do."
A journalist delivers an enthusiastic overview of inventions and the researchers that study them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2007

"Sheds welcome light on the changes in society's attitudes and in scientific thinking about gender."
The revealing story of an Oxford graduate named Laura Dillon, who secretively transformed herself into a man several years before Christine Jorgensen made "transsexual" a household word. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A MEMORY EATER by Pagan Kennedy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2006

"Bummer."
A dispirited academic discovers a drug that lets him relive better days. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"A convincing brief to make an honored place for this now-forgotten adventurer in both African and American history."
Novelist Kennedy (The Exes, 1998, etc.) portrays the first African-American missionary in the Congo. Read full book review >
THE EXES by Pagan Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Every character's so likable, and so conventional, that Kennedy defeats her own purpose."
Kennedy (Spinsters, 1995, etc.) makes much of the GenX scene she knows well in this witty, sincere, if fluffy saga of four musicians who form a band with a shot at the big time—if they can only surmount their utterly snarled lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Kennedy's delightful chronicle is enough to make you want to pick up a pen and start your own personal fanzine or put on some platforms and dance in the streets."
This unconventional memoir, as life-affirming as it is hip, shows and tells all about the author's self-published, Xeroxed magazine, which helped her survive and flourish during her postcollegiate years. Read full book review >
SPINSTERS by Pagan Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1995

"In short: a deeply flawed, if admirable, first novel."
A slim novella that—like the author's story collection (Stripping, 1993)—chronicles the dramatic loss of innocence of its female lead: Here, the narrator and her sister take to the road, though not quite in the manner of Thelma and Louise. Read full book review >
STRIPPING by Pagan Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A winning collection of stories by a beginner worth watching."
Despite her cutting-edge credentials—editor of a hip 'zine, star of an offbeat cable show, writer for The Nation and The Village Voice—Kennedy's literary debut is a modest, rather conventional collection of ten stories, a few of which have appeared in The Quarterly, Story Quarterly and VLS. Read full book review >