Women History Reads: Huffington Post Cites Beat Scholar’s One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road

Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — How many women are left behind in literature and deserve their own novel? The Huffington Post recently looked into this phenomenon and recommended Beat scholar Gerald Nicosia's critically-acclaimed One and Only as a remedy to the lack of female-centered literature. Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady may be the poster boys for the Beat Generation, but without the help from Lu Anne Henderson, On the Road would have been a road not taken and a genre unrecognized. One and Only traces Henderson's life and experiences with Kerouac and Cassady, and the book was also used as inspiration for Kristen Stewart's character in the On the Road film. It is also available as an audiobook on Audible.

What people are saying about One and Only:

"A real find for Beat aficionados, adding verve to a cherished moment in American history and the novel that came to define it." —Kirkus Reviews

"A revealing portrait…A welcome addition to the growing literature on the women of the Beat Generation." —Library Journal

“Gerald Nicosia has done it again! He just keeps filling in the pieces of the Beat era for us. One and Only fleshes out the beginnings of On the Road and makes it fuller and more interesting…I read One and Only from cover to cover in one day, and Lu Anne’s presence hovers with me still.” —Joanna McClure, Beat poet


Brenda Knight