American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country

"This tender, extraordinary memoir captures the brilliance and heartache, love and reckoning, of a daughter’s near-mythic relationship with her complicated, charismatic father. Beautifully written, piercingly observed, American Icarus deserves a place next to Annie Dillard’s An American Childhood and Mary Gordon’s The Shadow Man." -- Mark Matousek, author, The Boy He Left Behind



America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture

"A unique and welcome collection of interviews with leading psychologists over twenty years... full of revelations and insights to shape our notions of citizenship." -- Joshua Wolf Shenk, author, Lincoln’s Melancholy and Powers of Two.

Pythia Peay Talks About American Icarus and America on the Couch

Family photos from American Icarus

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