When Tusks Kill 

This month's mini-reviews include a true-crime cesarean-slaying and other awful ways to die.

Mummified kittycats, a skeleton dressed as a nurse: Bilingual creepiness fuels Los Gatos Black on Halloween (Holt, $16.95), a children's book by Marisa Montes, illustrated in moonlit-viscera tones by Yuyi Morales. ... Feeling campy? Susan Snyder's Past Tents (Heyday, $17.95) is an illustrated history of camping in the West. ... Gored by elephants, lacerated by exploding lava lamps — laugh at the real-life deaths in Wendy Northcutt's The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design (Dutton, $19.95). ... Closeted bi photographer Minor White snapped male nudes, but kept them under wraps for decades. He taught at the California School of Fine Arts with Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham, as detailed in the Moment of Seeing (Chronicle, $40). ... Lisa Montgomery pretended to be expecting, then slew a real pregnant woman and stole the infant, claiming it was hers. Her husband believed her. Diane Fanning dissects this true depravity in Baby Be Mine (St. Martin's, $6.99). ... Soldiers post gut-level dispatches from the frontline, online. Ex-paratrooper Matthew Currier Burden collects the uncensored best of the milblogs in The Blog of War (Simon & Schuster, $15).


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