Former journalist Karen Abbot is the author of Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul, one of our rare nonfiction Featured Book picks. According to her author bio, Ms. Abbot is currently at work on a book about Gypsy Rose Lee and Depression-Era New York City.
Aftertaste: Footnotes! What does she have against footnotes?
Other Recommendations: Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriage, by Phyllis Rose. (It's just as scandalously entertaining as Sin in the Second City, and only about half—well, three-quarters—as gross!)