Fans of American Horror Story: Coven might be horrified to learn that Delphine Lalaurie — a sadistic slave owner who performed cruel torture on her household staff — was a real person. Ghosts of Lalaurie's victims (rumored to number in the hundreds) still haunt her New Orleans home, so be sure to steer clear if you find yourself in the South.
Louisa May Alcott: A long fatal love chase. You may not judge a book by the cover but you can often judge a book by the title. Europe mid 19th century. Why does a young and resourceful woman marry and stay married to an obnoxious husband ? Because he is gorgeous ! Only this woman decides not to stay married to him. Alcott explores the darkeness of the victim-stalker relationship writing a book which may be considered the first romance novel in the 20th century meaning of the word.
Hampton Sides’s extraordinary book brings the history of the American conquest of the West to ringing life. It is a tale with many heroes and villains, but as is found in the best history, the same person might be both. At the center of it all stands the remarkable figure of Kit Carson—the legendary trapper, scout, and soldier who embodies all the contradictions and ambiguities of the American experience in the West.