SON OF A GRIFTER | KENT WALKER WITH MARK SCHONE | AVON | $7.99 | The thrillingly repulsive antics of Sante Kimes — convicted, with her son Kenny, of murdering a Park Avenue matron — rival those of Cruella DeVille, Joan Crawford, and Divine in Pink Flamingos. This gripping memoir, written by her normal son — the one with whom she didn't have a quasi-incestuous relationship — ranks among the best true crime. It chronicles her every transgression, from homicide to long cons to the theft of a fur coat out of a hotel bar when she already had one.


AND I DON'T WANT TO LIVE THIS LIFE | DEBORAH SPUNGEN | BALLANTINE | $16 | Nobody hated her parents, suburbia, chastity, or sobriety more than Nancy Spungen, as proven by her mother's memoir.


OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL | SEAN WILSEY | PENGUIN | $15 | Wealth, narcissists, peace activists, Danielle Steele, and David Foster Wallace collide in this hilarious, unforgettable book by the writer and editor Sean Wilsey.

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