"A vivid, frequently elegiac memory piece. It’s as if characters wandered out of an Auchincloss novel to encounter Kerouac’s bunch.”
- Kirkus Reviews
Brotherly love is evident here, while drugs, lavish estates, suicide, divorce, philandering, and the back drop of NYC round out a touching inside view of comfort and homelessness.
Publishers Weekly - July 2013
The Looking Glass Brother’ tells a tale of mental illness, family dysfunction, pain and love
Kansas City Star - July 6, 2013
Stepbrothers with the same name follow vastly different paths in Peter von Ziegesar's new book
New York Daily News - June 23, 2013
The first time Peter von Ziegesar met Peter von Ziegesar, he told his father, “Those are the eyes of a killer. You’re going to have real trouble with this kid later on.” Little Peter, an adorable musical prodigy, didn’t commit murder, but he did become violent as schizophrenia hijacked his life.
--Donna Seaman, Booklist (Read More...)
Advance Praise for The Looking Glass brother: A Memoir:
“A vivid, frequently elegiac memory piece. It’s as if characters wandered out of an Auchincloss novel to encounter Kerouac’s bunch.”
--Kirkus Reviews (Read More...)
"Elegantly constructed and written with both stringency and heart, the Looking Glass Brother fluently braids memories of an ultra- privileged childhood and the bleak realities of mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness today. von Ziegesar has the gift for creating rounded characters and the brother of the title comes alive as a figure of compelling, if heartbreaking paradox, while the portrait of the clueless father is the most vivid of its kind I've read since This Boy's Life."
--Eli Gottlieb, author of The Boy Who Went Away and The Face Thief.
“There's so much to admire about von Ziegesar's writings, perhaps most resonant is his unique lyrical voice, both brave and loving as he retells a dark, very personal story.”
--Stephanie LaCava, author of An Extraordinary Theory of Objects.
“Moving, humane, funny, profoundly serious, and above all, eminently readable and engaging. I congratulate Peter von Ziegesar on a unique journey well told.”
--Richard Grossman, author of The Tao of Emerson
"Powerful, interesting and often laugh-out loud fun."
--John Nichols, author of The Sterile Cuckoo and The Milagro Beanfield War.