American Cocktail - A Memoir
Published on Thursday, February 06, 2014


Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – February 6, 2014 – Mercy College Department of Secondary Education Chair Dr. Howard Miller has co-authored a book entitled American Cocktail. The book, published by Harvard University Press, is a memoir that recounts the story of Anita Reynolds, a mixed-race woman born in 1901 who lived an adventurous life that brought her into contact with noted civil rights leaders, actors, writers, and artists in the United States and abroad. 

The book is a compilation of a series of interviews with Reynolds conducted by Miller. Among Reynolds’ acquaintances were: James Weldon Johnson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Douglas Fairbanks, Ruth St. Denis, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eugene O'Neill, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Man Ray. 

Miller said: “I met Anita Reynolds almost by chance 35 years ago when I was living in St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands. She was my landlady for a time and began talking to me about her life. The project was born from these conversations.”

Formal publication is next month. American Cocktail will be available from Harvard University Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.