Aug. 16 is the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, and books ranging from novels to photo collections to a "girl's guide" to a look at "Elvis' Taoist nature" have been released this year.
"Elvis Live at Five" (St. Martin's Press, $22.95), a novel by John Paxon, imagines what would happen if a computer-generated TV talk show featuring a virtual Elvis became a huge national hit that engenders a sociopolitical firestorm.
"Elvis: The King Remembered" (Sports Publishing Inc., $39.95), a photo-laden book by Susan M. Moyer and Jerry Osborne, comes with an hourlong audio CD with clips of interviews with Elvis, as well as memories of him from other celebrities, fans and relatives.
"Elvis: Then & Now (Gruner & Jahr, $9.99), with an intro by Presley biographer Peter Guralnick, is a "bookazine" that offers articles and and many, many photos.
"Schmelvis"(ECW Press, $17.95) by Jonathan Goldstein and Max Wallace takes readers "In Search of Elvis Presley's Jewish Roots" in their wacky account of making a documentary film they say offers proof.
"The Elvis Treasures" (Villard, $50) is an elegant, slip-cased offering, with a CD of interviews with Elvis and reproductions of mementos such as love letters.
"The Girls' Guide to Elvis" (Broadway Books, $12.95), compiled by Kim Adelman of girls guidetoelvis.com, includes info on his concerts, jumpsuits, women, hairstyle, weight, bedtime rituals and cars. Also included are low-fat versions of his favorite recipes, including "Fried" Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.
"The Tao of Elvis" (Harcourt, $12) by David Rosen, a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst from Texas, offers 42 Taoist concepts, one for each year of Presley's life, and shows how this mysterious force was reflected in the King's life and career.