A Thousand Lives – Julia Scheeres

Short & Sweet: A Thousand Lives creates a strikingly clear photograph of Jonestown, from its humble beginnings, decent into madness, the horrible abuse suffered after the exodus, all the way up to that fateful November day. Graphic, horrifying, and a must-read for this subject.

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In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Short but Sweet: Despite suffering from weighty unnecessary detail and a story-like structure that leans more toward fiction than true crime, In Cold Blood utilizes a unique storytelling structure that allows for a peek into the minds of the killers, the effect the murders had on small town Holcomb Kansas, up to the trial and beyond. Caution: This book contains several uncensored uses of a racial slur toward people of color. 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Short and Sweet: Set firmly on the line between reality and fantasy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a phenomenal story of star-crossed love, betrayal, loss, and hope against all odds. Characters are 3D, their motivations just as clear, all set against a centuries-long war with the two who seek to turn the tide for peace. One of the most well-written and engaging YA novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading, to date.
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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders – Vincent Bugliosi

Short and Sweet: At a weighty 689 pages, Vincent Bugliosi leaves no stone unturned in the telling of the Manson Murders case, the following convictions, and aftermath. If there is one book you’re looking for to cover the entirety of this saga in clear – and often disturbing – detail, Helter Skelter is it.
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