Ok, people, you have to buy this book. I'm in love with it. Why? Oh, you know, because it has awesome detailed descriptions of each what our favorite character's lives were probably like in their time period (except for Esme, but she was brought up around the same time as Edward). It's a college-level read, but that means nothing since a two year old can read just as well as most college students....
Anyways, when you read this book, you discover the reasons why each character acts the way they do. For example: why exactly doesn't Edward want to sex Bella up before marriage. Yeah, for her safety, blah, blah, blah, but also because he wants to do this right (as stated in the Eclipse movie). Also stated in the Eclipse movie by Mister Edward Cullen himself, is courting and drinking iced tea with his Bella if her dated her way back when. You find the fundamentals of courting and how much they changed form Edward's time to Bella's.
You know how Emmett doesn't really have a past that we know about? And how and why he was nearly killed by a bear? Fun fact that I learned from Twilight and History: bears were a problem in the mountains at this time so people shot them often to control the population. See, pretty cool?
Procedure that might have been Alice's shock treatment in the asylum, anyone? They wrapped patients up with hot towels until they were dehydrated. Apparently that sucks the crazy outta you or something.
So, yeah, I love this book. It's awesome for any and every canon fanfic writer out there if you want to put a bit of history into your stories! It's also a great companion book for just plain ol' fans like me. And did you see that cover? Beautiful as hell. The color scheme looks really good next to your Twilight books as well, if you were wondering.
SO BUY IT. At Borders, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Walden's, your local independent, on your eReader, whatever. Just buy it. $17.95, dudes. A bit pricey for a paperback, but it's so worth it.
Oh, I don't think they are trying to mooch money out of fans because the editor, Nancy Reagin, is a huge, huge, huge fan of Twilight.