Best-selling author and historian
Since her best-selling biography of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson was published in 2004 — Kurt Vonnegut called the book “a national treasure” — Susan Cheever has become a distinguished historian and commentator on addiction and recovery in America. She is the author of five novels and ten nonfiction books, including her most recent memoir, Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction and the best-selling American Bloomsbury, as well as Home Before Dark, about her father John Cheever and Louisa May Alcott, a biography published last year. She is currently at work on a history of alcohol in this country titled Drinking in America: Our Secret History.
Her work on addiction and recovery has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Newsday and The Fix.com and many other places. She has taught at Yale, Columbia, Bennington and The New School. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Book Critic’s Circle Award nomination. She is a member of the Author’s Guild Council and a director of the Yaddo Corporation.