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?
Author Daniel James Brown was lucky enough to meet Joe Rantz before his death for several interviews that led to The Boys in the Boat. This dramatic true story features Joe Rantz, an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and his team of eight additional rowers—nine unlikely boys who find strength and home together.
As our reviewer notes, these nine University of Washington boys were not the usual Olympians from polished families, and their struggles were for more than just gold. Be sure to read the full review for The Boys in the Boat and watch this book trailer complete with footage from the 1936 Berlin games.
Will you read The Boys in the Boat? What was your last nonfiction read?
In 1942, a U.S. cargo plane crashed into a Greenland ice cap. Days later, a rescue plane crashed in the same area as well. All nine men aboard survived. Then another rescue plane sent to find the survivors vanished.
Throughout the book, Zuckoff shines the spotlight on the often overlooked Coast Guard and shows us that some of the most dangerous missions and heroic efforts don't take place on the battlefield.
Read our review here and watch the book trailer containing footage of the recovery mission:
Will you read Frozen in Time? What other nonfiction have you read lately?
After the second world war's end, baseball players left the trenches for the baseball field and the modern era of baseball began. Players like Jackie Robinson emerged as one of baseball's greatest players while established players like DiMaggio, Williams and Feller returned to the sport.
Robert Weintraub, author of The House that Ruth Built, returns to the subject of baseball, shedding light on an era that new generations of baseball fans never experienced and will doubtless be fascinated by.
The Victory Season serves as a great kick off to the spring baseball season and may also make an interesting gift for fathers and husbands as Father's Day approaches.
Read our review here and watch the book trailer put out by Hachette:
Are you a baseball fan? Will you read The Victory Season or give it as a gift?
Oak Ridge, Tennessee didn't exist until the American government bought land in the hills of Tennessee in 1942. Soon, 75,000 people were living and working in Oak Ridge, many of them young women just out of high school recruited to help in the war effort. No one knew exactly what they were working on until the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Then they were told the truth: they had been enriching uranium for the atomic bomb.
Although most women never dreamed of staying on in Oak Ridge, many married and settled there. These women provided author Denise Kiernan with an oral history of their part in the war effort and their ambivalent feelings about what happened that she records in The Girls of Atomic City.
Read our review in BookPage here and watch an interview-style book trailer with Denise Kiernan about The Girls of Atomic City:
Will you read The Girls of Atomic City? Do you think the government could keep such a big secret like the Manhattan Project today?
When Becky Aikman's husband died, she was not ready to be a widow, and certainly not ready to give up on finding happiness again like some of the widows she had met.
Aikman decided to form a group of widows like her—determined to to move forward—and she writes about their experiences in her memoir, Saturday Night Widows. She and five other widows met together once a month for a year on Saturday nights, sharing meals and going to art museums. Most importantly, they learned how to live on after the worst thing they thought could happen to them, happened.
Read our review at BookPage.com and watch the interview-style book trailer:
Will you read Saturday Night Widows? What are you reading today?
Margaret Roach's The Backyard Parables is both a spiritual and scientific field guide for the modern gardener. The book gives reader a glimpse of her spiritual practices, but also includes many practical tips for gardeners.
Roach, former editorial director for Martha Stewart, followed a passion, cultivated it devoutly and turned it into a career. She doesn’t need to discuss the how-to of mindfulness; her life is the best example of the way love and attention will make things bloom.
What do you think about Roach's blending of memoir and gardening manual? What are you reading this week?
Faced with the absence of her grown sons and the heartbreaking loss of a close friend, Katrina Kenison turned to introspection and yoga in order to heal. She records her results in Magical Journey, chronicling her path to discover the joy of living in the present moment.
"I can either run away from my loneliness, or I can practice tolerating myself as I am," she says, choosing to embrace the latter.
Read our review of Kenison's book at BookPage.com here and watch the inspirational book trailer:
What are your reactions to Kenison's Magical Journey? Will you be reading the book or passing it to a friend?
Before they moved to France, Karen Le Billon's children were picky eaters. A year later they were eating beets, broccoli, spinach and even mussels. How did the family manage this elaborate change? Because French Kids Eat Everything.
Karen Le Billon outlines the eating habits and rules of French families, like no snacking between meals and no emotional eating (but how else do you get a toddler to stop crying?). Le Billon doesn't glorify French eating like many other books on the same subject. Instead, she tells us how she used French tools to maintain healthy eating habits back in North America and how we can too!
Check out this trailer put out by William Morrow:
Be sure to check out the rest of the parenting books in our August issue!
What do you think about French Kids Eat Everything? What are you reading this week?
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?