Book of the Week 2/27/12

Without the gruesome photos or any mention of the Manson family, Alisa Statman and Brie Tate focus on Sharon Tate inRestless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family’s Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice (It Books/HarperCollins, 2012) gives an in-depth focus on Sharon’s career, short life, and of course, the loving and supportive and loving family who never stopped seeking justice.

Sharon Tate was not only a beautiful woman on the outside, but also on the inside, as readers will find in Restless Souls. Many parents who lost a child to tragic circumstances will identify with the pain Sharon’s family went through in the aftermath of her 1969 murder. Restless Souls is written matter-of-factly, yet with compassion.

While I’m sure there’s plenty of public concern about such a book since Restless Souls was released on the market February 21, I found it a very interesting read, many things I never knew before about Sharon or her family (being I was only seven years old when she was murdered, I had a lot of catching up to do anyway). Doris Tate is a very strong woman who endured much pain over the years, from her famous daughter’s horrible death through the Manson family trials, and continues to be an admirable force today.

Alisa Statman’s goal in writing the book “will also help other crime victims who read it [and] find a way to better cope with their loss as well as a little peace of mind. As Doris [Tate]often said, the thoughts of each victim are not isolated incidents, they are the universal cry of all victims.”

Sharon Tate was much more than a beautiful blonde actress and murder victim, and readers of Restless Souls will get a special glimpse into the other side of her life and wonderful family. Thanks to Alisa Statman and Brie Tate for bringing such a story to life.

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