Books by Susan Cheever

Susan Cheever is currently working on a book about Concord, Massachusetts between 1840 when the Alcott family arrived there and 1868 when Louisa May Alcott reluctantly sat down to write "Little Women". A group biography of Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Henry D


DRINKING IN AMERICA by Susan Cheever
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Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An intelligently argued study of our country's 'passionate connection to drinking.'"
A distinguished biographer and cultural historian offers a fascinating look at the place and function of alcohol throughout American history. Read full book review >
E.E. CUMMINGS by Susan Cheever
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"This sympathetic life may win Cummings a new generation of readers."
Biography of the irreverent modernist poet, who was apparently a sad, troubled man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Lively and astute."
Contextual study of Louisa May Alcott's life (1832-1888) and work, from her childhood among such writers as Emerson, Fuller and Hawthorne, to the astounding literary career that afforded her a feminist independence of spirit even as she remained a caregiver to her family. Read full book review >
DESIRE by Susan Cheever
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Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Insightful and often engaging, but also aimless and occasionally trite."
Cheever (American Bloomsbury, 2006, etc.) explores the vagaries of addiction and desire. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Despite the best intentions, this literary portrait does a disservice to the intellects it seeks to honor."
An oddly hyperventilating chronicle of "America's first literary community" in mid-19th-century Concord, which novelist/biographer Cheever (My Name Is Bill, 2004, etc.) sees as a forerunner of 1960s radicalism. Read full book review >
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Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Takes the measure of Wilson's achievement, but not his mesmeric personality. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
An earnest but flawed biography of the man Aldous Huxley described as "the greatest social architect of the twentieth century." Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 2001

"Little protein, much pabulum."
From her Newsday columns—here assembled, modified, and supplemented—Cheever offers a snack tray of platitudes about raising children. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"A poignant and forthright tale of a rugged journey by an extraordinarily gifted writer—who may be borrowing from her father's story to define her own life."
A memoir that floats like a sad song, with its themes the effervescence of champagne and the flatness of the morning after. Read full book review >
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Released: June 22, 1994

"A less than extraordinary exploration of a woman who still puts everyone else's needs before her own, offering little hope of genuine fulfillment for her generation."
Cheever (Elizabeth Cole, 1989) tried to use her own life as fodder for previous books; this time around she uses somebody else's. Read full book review >