Lethal Marriage: The Unspeakable Crimes of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka

Nick Pron

“I wuv you Paul. To my one and only number one guy in the world. Your snuggly wuggly honey bunny. Kar.” Karla Homolka sent her beloved Paul hundreds of “wuv” notes. When she didn’t feel like it anymore he beat her up. She continued to write one every day.
Handsome Karla and Paul appeared to be an ideal couple. A Canadian Barbie and Ken. Their crimes, however, horrified an entire nation and resulted in the most costly manhunt and sensational trial in Canada’s history. You see, Karla had assisted and then watched her “number-one guy” kidnap, rape, sodomize and murder three teenage “sex slaves” including her “widdle” sister. Every action was caught on videotape for Paul’s later viewing pleasure. Many of these grisly videotapes were transcribed in this book for your… reading pleasure. LZ

Publisher: Ballantine
Paperback: 468 pages

Perfect Crimes

Marvin J. Wolf and Katherine Mader

“No such thing as perfect crimes? Witness this whirlwind tour of dirty deeds, sinister scandals and cold-blooded murder—done in the name of love, money, madness and more—from around the world or right next door. All of these notoriously wicked characters overlooked a fatal flaw that brought their almost perfect crimes to light:
• The Lone Wolf: Japanese jet-setter Kazuyoshi Miura had a talent for making money, a taste for lizard-skin boots, and a lust for leading trusting young women like lambs to the slaughter.
• An attractive, 40ish Los Angeles personality walks into his wife’s bedroom and finds her with another man. He brutally murders both of them. Then during the subsequent investigation and trial many shocking details of their unusual marriage, sex lives and partying begin to emerge…
• From the Hollywood Hills to the Swiss Alps, Thomas Devins wheeled and dealed, thrilled and killed, and led the law through a game of global hopscotch in which he was always one step ahead…”

Publisher: Ballantine
Paperback: 332 pages

Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness

Laurie Lisle

This book is not a manifesto for the childfree. It is not shrill, dogmatic or defensive. A reader hungry for encouragement to eschew breeding may feel encroaching disappointment while devouring the first chapters, but a surprise is in the offing: In the course of this well-researched book the author shares her own story, and by the end has delivered a powerful dose of inspiration and paved the way for a more confident and enlightened decision.
Lisle’s account of her journey from uncertainty to acceptance of and even elation in her choice of childlessness provides ample jumping-off points for an exploration of the decision from every conceivable angle. The antecedents of her decision are complex, including elements both negative (her father’s desertion of the family; her painful awareness of her mother’s struggle and sacrifice) and positive (her devotion to her writing; her deep appreciation of freedom and self-definition). She also surveys the history of non-motherhood, its ebbs and flows with cultural, economic and historical conditions, and draws on a wealth of literary sources, from diaries and letters of 19th-century women and pioneering childless couples, to authors like Adrienne Rich, Anaïs Nin and Georgia O’Keeffe (of whom Lisle wrote a best selling biography) to Greek plays. She also has many sociological studies at her fingertips, which answer such important questions as whether nonmothers are lonelier as elderly women (they aren’t).
Desirous of bridging the gap between mothers and nonmothers, Lisle has breached difficult territory and emerged with wisdom which can do much to dispel the hostility on both sides. She takes all of the players in the family equation into account: extended family, the infertile and others who are not childless by choice, even men! Lisle remains generous and fair-minded throughout, while standing her ground and poking holes in narrow pro-natalist attitudes. MH

Publisher: Ballantine
Hardback: 273 pages

Ancient Inventions

Peter James and Nick Thorpe

Historian and archaeologist team James and Thorpe have unearthed a mountain of bizarre and astonishing accounts of inventions and discoveries made by the ancient peoples of our planet. The material— “recorded and attested to in the scientific and archaeological literature, though often ignored by textbook histories”—does not cease to amaze, and accounts of seventh-century false teeth, sixth-century iceboxes, ancient Arabian diving equipment, steam engines from Greece and electric batteries in Iraq make one wonder just how incomplete our history textbooks are. This 620-page book is one of those wonderful gems that sticks out its tongue and wiggles its ears at conventional thinking. Wildly important information on the inventions and ingenuity of the ancients. SK

Publisher: Ballantine
Paperback: 620 pages

The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film

Michael Weldon

Over 3,000 deranged classics of movie history, from unconscious surrealism to thoroughly degraded trash—axploitation, JD’s, catastrophe, freak-outs, bikers, Mothra, vampires, sadists, jungle goddesses and other mind-bending cinematic visions by the editor of Psychotronic Video. SS

Publisher: Ballantine
Paperback: 815 pages