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Biloxi, Mississippi, 1955. When a friend of seventeen-year-old June Juanico invited her along to a concert by a popular young singer, she hesitated, but finally went. The singer, of course, was Elvis Presley, and when his eye caught June's, they both got all shook up. So began the most significant of his early relationships - a summer idyll of romance and playful fun that Biloxi, Mississippi, 1955. When a friend of seventeen-year-old June Juanico invited her along to a concert by a popular young singer, she hesitated, but finally went. The singer, of course, was Elvis Presley, and when his eye caught June's, they both got all shook up. So began the most significant of his early relationships - a summer idyll of romance and playful fun that was to be a last stop of innocence on the path to self-destruction. In this clear-eyed, loving, and tender memoir, June gives us Elvis on the verge of mega-stardom, still a country kid with polite manners, a voice that melted hearts, and more sex appeal than anyone could handle. June describes her closeness to Elvis's mother, Gladys, who had hoped June and Elvis would marry, and her rivalry with Colonel Parker, Elvis's handler, who believed marriage would end his protege's career. And then there were the thousands of screaming fans, doing anything they could to get a piece of the King. In the end the self-possessed June knew that however much Elvis loved her, he was on a track no one could stop and would never be in control of his life; she made up her mind to move on and not look back. Not until now. Featuring twenty-three previously unpublished photographs of Elvis and an introduction by Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick, this fresh and completely disarming memoir gives us an American icon as few would know him, in a time and place bathed in the light of remembered love.


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Biloxi, Mississippi, 1955. When a friend of seventeen-year-old June Juanico invited her along to a concert by a popular young singer, she hesitated, but finally went. The singer, of course, was Elvis Presley, and when his eye caught June's, they both got all shook up. So began the most significant of his early relationships - a summer idyll of romance and playful fun that Biloxi, Mississippi, 1955. When a friend of seventeen-year-old June Juanico invited her along to a concert by a popular young singer, she hesitated, but finally went. The singer, of course, was Elvis Presley, and when his eye caught June's, they both got all shook up. So began the most significant of his early relationships - a summer idyll of romance and playful fun that was to be a last stop of innocence on the path to self-destruction. In this clear-eyed, loving, and tender memoir, June gives us Elvis on the verge of mega-stardom, still a country kid with polite manners, a voice that melted hearts, and more sex appeal than anyone could handle. June describes her closeness to Elvis's mother, Gladys, who had hoped June and Elvis would marry, and her rivalry with Colonel Parker, Elvis's handler, who believed marriage would end his protege's career. And then there were the thousands of screaming fans, doing anything they could to get a piece of the King. In the end the self-possessed June knew that however much Elvis loved her, he was on a track no one could stop and would never be in control of his life; she made up her mind to move on and not look back. Not until now. Featuring twenty-three previously unpublished photographs of Elvis and an introduction by Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick, this fresh and completely disarming memoir gives us an American icon as few would know him, in a time and place bathed in the light of remembered love.

35 review for Elvis in the Twilight of Memory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I love this book. I enjoyed reading it. June Juanico is one of my favorite Elvis girlfriend in his early career. She is a sweet lady. I admire her for that. She truly loves Elvis as a human not as a image.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    *gasps* Sean actually read a book!!! :) I read 5 books recently...closing 4 of them after the first chapter. Those 4 were fiction books...this one I read straight through was a memoir...about Elvis. (A note: There has been one Elvis book that I actually stopped reading after the first chapter.) :) Know what that book was called? "ELVIS IS ALIVE" Hmm, speaking of which, I'll add that to my Goodreads list today too. Annyyyyyway, Elvis In The Twilight Of Memory was a very REAL and authentic feeling *gasps* Sean actually read a book!!! :) I read 5 books recently...closing 4 of them after the first chapter. Those 4 were fiction books...this one I read straight through was a memoir...about Elvis. (A note: There has been one Elvis book that I actually stopped reading after the first chapter.) :) Know what that book was called? "ELVIS IS ALIVE" Hmm, speaking of which, I'll add that to my Goodreads list today too. Annyyyyyway, Elvis In The Twilight Of Memory was a very REAL and authentic feeling story about Elvis's first serious relationship with a small town Biloxi, Mississippi girl named June Juanico, in 1956. With some Elvis memoirs, the story feels very pseudo-like, almost as if all their doing is making money off the King, by writing a bunch of bullshit. June Juanico is also making money off of Elvis's name, but at least her story has a sense of realism to it. It was an entertaining read though. Nothing to heavy, nothing sappy, just an entertaining fast read. For Elvis fans only.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Elvis at the first of his career. Readable and enjoyable for any Elvis fan.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Simple but heartfelt story of the authors young romance with Elvis. Endearing.

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