Forty years after the murder of Sharon Tate, it would seem that everything about Charles Manson has already been reported. Jeff Guinn proves this all wrong in his new book, Manson, which uncovers never-before-heard stories and follows Manson's entire life, from childhood to adulthood.
With exclusive interviews and photographs, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Mason goes beyond previous biographies to provide a well-written and complete study of a man who has perplexed many for decades.
Read our review here and watch the trailer below from Simon & Schuster to learn more about the research and writing of Manson.
What do you think, readers? Will you be reading Manson?
There's plenty of excitement in the BookPage office for our Nonfiction Top Pick for June. Several of us are dying to get our hands on Lily Koppel's The Astronaut Wives Club, a look at the fascinating history of the wives of America's Mercury Seven astronauts.
These women bonded together in the face of instant fame and constant public scrutiny, and the stories Koppel shares are oh-so-juicy. Our reviewer found many of the stories in this book to be truly flabbergasting—"You might find yourself shaking your head and thinking, 'Could this be real?' It almost feels like a dream, and occasionally like a nightmare"—which sounds like some great summer reading for nonfiction fans.
Check out the book trailer for The Astronaut Wives Club from Hachette:
The Astronaut Wives Club is out today! Will you check it out this summer?
How's this for a little lie: You're safe and your backyard is not radioactive.
Kristen Iversen unveils the not-so-innocent lies of her childhood in Full Body Burden. Her memoir is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism that reveals the truth about growing up in suburban Denver during the Cold War: next-door Rocky Flats was a U.S. Department of Energy facility that churned out plutonium “pits” for thousands of nuclear weapons.
Iversen talks about the book in a trailer from Crown:
Will you check out Full Body Burden?
Tania Head was one of the most famous survivors of 9/11. She barely escaped the collapse of the south tower while her fiancé perished in the north tower. She became a lifeline for fellow survivors through the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network.
But Tania lied.
The Woman Who Wasn't There captures her story of deception and betrayal that catapulted her into the spotlight. Author Robin Gaby Fisher collaborated with Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., a filmmaker Tania approached to make a documentary for the Survivors' Network—the same documentary that began to unravel her story in 2007.
Check out the book trailer from Simon & Schuster:
This book has my attention, not just because of the "what was she thinking?" aspect (and subsequent anger from everyone), but also because our reviewer had this to say:
"But what causes someone to exploit such a tragic event? Head never applied for victim compensation, and her work with the Network was voluntary. In the end, all she gained was a small measure of fame and intimate friendships with survivors. Ultimately, The Woman Who Wasn’t There forces us to examine our need for connection and purpose by any means necessary."
Our April Top Pick in Nonfiction is Wild, the magnificent memoir by Cheryl Strayed. After the death of her mother, Strayed decided to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She starts her journey alone, grieving and misguided (her pack weighs more than 70 pounds) but discovers "a visionary state of solitude" while battling blisters and the elements. Writes our reviewer:
Wild is never simply a survival memoir. . . It is also a guidebook for living in the world, introducing a vibrant new American voice with a deceptively simple message: Go outside and take a hike.
Is this a memoir you will check out?
This Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. We have assembled a list of seven books that recall the events of that fateful day, each powerful reminders of heartbreaking tragedies and celebrated heroes. And as much as these books are about remembering, they also emphasize the importance of understanding the aftermath.
To read more, our 9/11 feature details how each book has honored September 11, 2001 and memorialized the years following.
As a preview of the collection, the following is a video for What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001, in Words, Pictures, and Video, a book first published in 2002 and now returning with new content:
Within these books, the question returns again and again: Where were you, and how were you affected?
How will you be spending your Sunday?
Our Father's Day Feature includes four books that would all be great gifts for dads, and Man with a Pan: Culinary Adventures for Fathers Who Cook for Their Families gives a huge pat on the back to dad-chefs and kings-of-the-grill. Author John Donohue has collected advice, testimonies and recipes from writers, editors and journalists and compiled it into a great book.
The trailer from Algonquin (which stars the author himself!) is pretty funny, and the 50's style nails it on the head: no longer are the days of women-dominated kitchens. Dudes, it's your time!
BookPage contributor Martin Brady writes, "A must-have for kitchen-friendly dads, this volume should reap rewards down the road for family appetites everywhere."
Just in time for Father's Day! Whose dad is king of his kitchen?
One of my favorite books in high school was Daisy Miller -- perhaps a strange choice for a 16-year-old girl -- but there was something fascinating and tragic about the 19th-century ex-pats seeking solace in European society. While Winterbourne toured Rome and Geneva, so many of the great artists and creative minds (such as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and Ralph Waldo Emerson) set sail for France, and this is the topic of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough's The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, which goes on sale today!
Check out the preview in McCullough's own words to give you an even better feel for the revolutionary and "medieval" metropolis of Paris in the 19th century in this trailer from Simon and Schuster:
Our reviewer Martin Brady writes, "Unlike the more recent, disputatious era of U.S.-Franco relations (remember 'freedom fries'?), McCullough's France is where the American flag was flown as a symbol of proud friendship [...] and where the rich heritage of America's revolutionary debt to Lafayette was continuously honored."
It sounds like a wonderful time to be in Paris! Are you looking forward to grabbing a copy of McCullough's new book?
I know I posted a trailer (for the movie of The Help) just a couple hours ago, but since today is Trailer Tuesday, why not post two?
This trailer for John Pollack's The Pun Also Rises is seriously cracking me up. Join the author on a "pun safari" and spot all the cheesy/hilarious puns on the streets of NYC:
The Pun Also Rises went on sale last week, and we have a web-exclusive review by Jillian Quint on BookPage.com:
While the master punster might consider himself a-word winning and totally wit the times, apparently the trend in contemporary humor is to maintain that we’ve long ago out-groan such base verbiage. Or so says John Pollack in his new book The Pun Also Rises, which seeks to explain, esteem and indeed redeem the age-old act of wordplay. [Continue reading this review.]
I blogged about Ashley Judd's "memoir with purpose" more than a year ago, and the book is finally on sale a week from today.
Though I usually feel a bit ho-hum about celebrity memoirs, the book trailer for Judd's All That is Bitter and Sweet is actually quite inspiring:
What do you think, readers? Were you touched by Judd's decision to make her life "an act of worship"? Will you read All That is Bitter and Sweet?
Have you seen any good book trailers lately?