Not so long ago I asked Brennert about what he was reading. His reply:
I read a lot of nonfiction as research for my books, but when I want to read nonfiction for pleasure I am never disappointed by the work of Marion Meade. Her most recent book is Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney, which as a longtime fan of West’s work I devoured in several sittings. I think it’s the best biography of West I’ve read, and McKenney’s life (she inspired her sister’s book and play My Sister Eileen) is equally fascinating; their tragic end was a heartbreaking loss of talent. Meade is also the author of the fine biography Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is This? and the wonderful multi-subject biography Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties, which expertly interweaves the burgeoning careers of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber in the 1920s. As a writer I’m always fascinated by the lives of other writers, and no one conveys the writer’s life better than Meade.Visit Alan Brennert's website.