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Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy
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Read in March, 2012

This book was so strange that I read through it all in one night, and then had to look through it again. It was referenced in A Reliable Wife, a book I didn't really like.
It's apparently a "cult classic" and for good reason -- compiled in 1973, it's a collection of photographs (some strangely altered) and newspaper stories (along with fictional excerpts included for effect) from one Wisconsin town between 1890-1910, a time when according to some historians there was a huge crisis in American life. There is story after story after story about whole families killed by diptheria, women drowning their own children, men committing suicide, hired girls poisoning their employers, lots and lots of arson.
I'm not sure if the historical analysis is over my head or just doesn't make sense. It is fascinating though.
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