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“The first truly exacting look into the life of a man who has fascinated so many.”—Esquire

“A superbly researched and above all very entertaining biography.”—Blake Bailey, author of Cheever: A Life

And So It Goes will entrance lovers of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. With the blessing of Vonnegut himself and help from scores of Vonnegut’s friends, relations, and acquaintances, Charles J. Shields gives us a distinguished, fearless, page-turner of a biography.”—Carol Sklenicka, author of Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life

“A definitive and disturbing account of the late author, whose ambition and talent transformed him from an obscure science fiction writer to a countercultural icon.”—Steve Almond, The Boston Globe

A triumphant biography: scrupulously researched and powerfully written, compassionate, clear-eyed and compelling.” —Jess Walker, author of Beautiful Ruins

“A vivid recreation of Vonnegut’s ghastly WWII experiences during the Dresden firebombing that became the basis for Slaughterhouse-Five.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review




“An impressively unauthorized biography”— New York magazine

“Comprehensive, readable and fascinating”— The Buffalo News

“If you treasure Scout… you’ll like the woman who emerges in Mockingbird.”— The Miami Herald

To every To Kill a Mockingbird reader, I send this message: The story isn’t over. There’s so much more to come, and you’ll find it all in Charles Shields’ delightful and insightful Mockingbird.” —Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys




An eBook

 “Shields has proven himself to be an excellent biographer— of human beings. Now he shows us the same skills in this biography of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”— Marc Leepson, author of What We So Proudly Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life

“… a fresh portrayal of Yoko Ono“— James Morris McGrath, author of Eye On the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press

“… an insightful look at the song’s creation and meaning…. riveting and highly recommended.” — Norman Finkelstein, author of The Other 1492: Jewish Settlement in the New World



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