Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations From the Memphis Mafia

Alana Nash with Billy Smith, Marty Lacker and Lamar Fike

An oral biography on the “King of Rock’n’Roll,” as told by the likes of Marty Lacker, Billy Smith, and Lamar Fike, three of Elvis’ closest friends. Full of dirt any true Elvis fan could appreciate, this tell-all read takes a look into the obscure sexual fetishes and the rumors about the King’s not being the most hygienic man in the world. Also filled with tales of Elvis’ absurd public characteristics and infamous meetings with celebrities whom Elvis always thoughtlessly insulted. TD

Publisher: HarperCollins
Hardback: 792 pages

Himpressions: The Blackwoman’s Guide to Pampering the Blackman

Valerie B. Shaw

Girlfriend, if you want to stop waiting to exhale and B-R-E-A-T-H-E already, this book is for you! Advice on handling insecurity, flirting successfully and vanquishing the dreaded FAAWABA (Ferocious African-American Woman With a Bad Attitude). Feminists, beware. MG

Publisher: HarperCollins
Paperback: 144 pages

Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche

Ben Macintyre

“This book is the story of two journeys, one through a remote, largely forgotten part of central South America, the other through the thickets of the vast, sometimes impenetrable literature which surrounds Friedrich Nietzsche: both were in search of his sister, Elisabeth… The story of Elisabeth Nietzsche is important partly because of the effect she had on her brother and his philosophy, both during his life and most emphatically after his death. She made him famous and she made him infamous; with her connivance, his name became associated with Nazism; but without her, he might never have been heard of at all outside a small circle of scholars. But her life is also illuminating in itself. Her ideas foreshadowed one of the darkest periods in human history, but for more than 40 years she enjoyed fame and wealth as one of Europe’s foremost literary figures; no woman, except perhaps Cosima Wagner, was more celebrated in the cultural world of prewar Germany…
Most fascinating of all to me was the unwritten story of New Germany, the racist colony Elisabeth helped to found in the middle of South America over a century ago. That community was a reflection and realization of those beliefs—anti-Semitism, vegetarianism, nationalism, Lutheranism—which Elisabeth shared with her husband, Bernhard Förster, one of the most notorious anti-Semitic agitators of his day. Elisabeth later tried to graft these ideas on to Nietzsche, the anti-anti-Semite, anti-nationalist and self-proclaimed ‘Anti-Christ.’ A measure of her success is the fact that Nietzsche’s name has still not fully shaken off the taint of fascism.”

Publisher: HarperCollins
Paperback: 256 pages