Ninety-Nine, Straight Up, No Chaser is part self-discovery, part real-time commentary and part memoir
Ilona Royce Smithkin, the iconic cover girl from the Advanced Style documentary, began keeping a journal when she turned 99. Her new book, Ninety-Nine, Straight Up, No Chaser, is taken from the pages of that journal and is a record of her thoughts on life and what’s important, her relationships, her artwork, and her connection with the sea and the blustery Cape Cod weather where she lives. It is also a self-dialogue on the challenges and beauty of having a century-old body.
Published on May 1, 2020, Ninety-Nine, Straight Up, No Chaser is also a remembrance of things past, as Ilona writes about her life in New York City, her travels, and moments with David Bowie, Tennessee Williams, Djuna Barnes, Anaïs Nin and more.