He claimed to be God, headed a Fresno harem comprising his own daughters and nieces, fathered his own grandchildren and nieces and nephews, then slaughtered seven of them in 2004. Monte Francis covers the true, terrible transit of Marcus Wesson in By Their Father's Hand (Harper, $7.99). ... You are the author of your own life, and Chronicle Books helps out with its Scrapbook in a Box ($29.95), a cool kit whose hundred-plus pieces include an album, stickers, ribbon, layout designs, and more. ... He's gay porn's hottest maverick, but Michael Lucas grew up doubly closeted as a homosexual Jew in Soviet Russia, as we learn in Naked (Kensington, $15), Corey Taylor's enticing biography. ... Who cleans up after murders or suicides? Private firms arrive, hazmat-suited, to scrub and saw and sanitize, as Gil Reavill recounts in Aftermath, Inc. (Gotham, $25). ... Summer brings out the Gila monsters. Literary greats muse about local animals in Califauna (Heyday/Santa Clara University, $21.95), an anthology whose sixty-plus contributors include Richard Brautigan, Barry Lopez, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
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