Love him tender
Saturday would be Elvis Presley's 76th birthday, had he lived. Three recent books about him are now out in paperback.
Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him (It Books) by Alanna Nash lustily recounts the memories of the girls in the King's life, from his beautiful youth to his bloated last days — beginning, of course, with his mama.
Elvis My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock 'n' Roll Nights, and My Lifelong Friendship With Elvis Presley (Three Rivers) by George Klein, a Memphis DJ who met Elvis in eighth grade, is a real insider's story of the man behind the legend, from first fame to the funeral.
Losing Graceland: A Novel (Three Rivers) by Micah Nathan is a rambunctious coming-of-age tale about a young man hired to drive 900 miles to Memphis with a mysterious old man who just might be Elvis himself.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor