Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote. This title features a collection of Capote's best short stories and conversational portraits including A Day's Work and Beautiful Child; his outing with Marilyn Monroe. His swan song was “La Cote Basque" which was first published in Esquire. This was the story that saw him jettisoned from the lives of Babe Paley and Slim Keith. A must read.
The Whisperers re-creates the anguish of family members turned against one another--of the paranoia, alienation, and treachery that poisoned private life in Russia for generations The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0312428030/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_VbRFtb02T7HY9