Books by Sam Kashner

Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Suffice it to say, more than 50 years on, explorations of the truths and fictions of Camelot continue to mesmerize."
A story of sisterhood that reveals how all the fortune and fame in the world can't assuage sibling rivalry. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

"A well-researched but critically toothless and ultimately depressing record of epic vulgarity and emotional incontinence."
Vanity Fair and Esquire contributor Kashner and Schoenberger (Creative Writing; William and Mary; Hollywood Kryptonite, the Bulldog, the Lady, and the Death of Superman, 2006, etc.) examine the union of Hollywood actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, larger-than-life figures who inspired the fevered fascination of their public and presaged the current age of media obsession with the private lives of celebrities. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS COOL by Sam Kashner
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Witty and warm grace notes to the cool history of the Beats. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Coming-of-age narrative from the first alumnus of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute, the original Buddhist college in America. (It was not the Ivy League.) Read full book review >
Released: May 28, 2002

"Enjoyable cultural history that gives a compelling sense of how '50s Hollywood reacted to change and how, in turn, it influenced a nation of moviegoers."
Anecdotal account of the world of 1950s cinema and the forces that helped destroy the studio system and reshape Hollywood. Read full book review >
SINATRALAND by Sam Kashner
Released: March 1, 1999

"A weirdly affecting portrait of innocence verging on monomania."
A debut novel by critic and showbiz historian Kashner (Hollywood Kryptonite, 1996) that portrays the inner life of a demented Frank Sinatra fan. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 1996

"A sad life and death in Hollywood, but the gossip isn't much and the promising title turns to leaden prose."
A muddled look at the mysterious death of George Reeves, the first Superman, by poets and Hollywood buffs Kashner and Schoenberger (coauthors of A Talent For Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant, 1994). Read full book review >
Released: May 25, 1994

"A genuinely thoughtful and entertaining biography that should go far in rebuilding Levant's reputation as a serious musician."
Why does Oscar Levant, memorable mostly for his devastating put-downs, deserve a biography at all, let alone one this long? Read full book review >