Brooke Allen’s most recent book is Benazir Bhutto: Favored Daughter (New Harvest). Ms. Allen was born in 1956 and grew up in New York City. She received a BA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in English from Columbia University. She spent several years working in various jobs in the theater, and wrote a play, The Big Love. Ms. Allen worked as managing editor for the literary and art magazine Grand Street. Her writing appears regularly in The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Hudson Review, and The New Leader; she has also written theater reviews for Time Out New York. Ms. Allen is married to Peter Aaron, an architectural photographer, and has twin daughters. She lives in New York City and Upstate New York. She has also lived in France and in Kenya.
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Books May 2023
The Albemarle dynasty
A review of The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe by Kevin R. C. Gutzman.
Books February 2023
A review of Red and Black by Stendhal (Author), Raymond N. Mackenzie (Translator).
Books October 2022
By the books
A review of A Factotum in the Book Trade by Marius Kociejowski.