A piercing, thought-provoking portrait of a many-branched American family. Peter von Ziegesar’s cinematic eye and exceptional fluency...make him an adventurously empathic biographer and audaciously candid memoirist. ”  

— Donna Seaman, Booklist Starred Review


About Peter von Ziegesar


Peter von Ziegesar is a writer and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Hali Lee, and three children. He has contributed articles and essays to a wide range of publications, including The Huffington Post, The Common, Biographile, WNYC Public Radio, Art in America, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and Outside. Along the way he has learned by interviewing a long list of admired film directors, actors, authors and artists, including Robert Altman, Sidney Lumet, Wayne Wang, William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, Paul Auster, Annie Leibovitz, Harry Callahan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kiki Smith, Nan Goldin, Bill T. Jones, Kenny Scharf, and Ellsworth Kelly. His memoir, The Looking Glass Brother, which outlines the intersecting lives of himself, his homeless stepbrother, “Little” Peter, and their father, Franz, was published by Picador Press in 2014

After the Newtown tragedy, he delivered a radio essay about the mentally ill and gun control on WNYC Public Radio in New York City.