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House of Meetings
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recommended for: wow, anyone, especially pinko commies
read in July, 2007
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Jess Wisloski Jess Wisloski said: " I liked this so much I stole it. Yes, from the library. Yes, I already paid my fine. "

 
The Year of Magic...
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read in January, 2007
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Jess Wisloski Jess Wisloski said: " Oh. I keep having to put it down. Didion's style of journalism is one I've struggled with. I find her almost too dry sometimes, too terse in her observations. Almost lacking in compassion, to my sensibility. But, then I read this. And I started to se ...more "

 

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Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
by Mara Leveritt (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: everyone
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Wow, this woman redefines the true crime genre. In offering her uniquely methodical perspective and experience in reporting the arrest and prosecution of the West Mephis Three, she sort of blows any other analysis - by sheer merit of her dogged thoro ...more
One More Time by Mike Royko
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Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
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This was good, but apparently not good enough for me to remember too well. I know it was compelling, and had something to do with a self-concious, but proud, young Southern black girl who wound up roommates with a self-hating liberal whitey from Penn ...more
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
A Death in Belmont
by Sebastian Junger (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2008
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Having dipped a toe into Sebastian Junger's journalistic styings, I hate to say it, but I prefer the pulp. While his waxing philosophical ultimately inspired me to think I, too, can do a true crime, I hate to say it was not the most riveting read at ...more
Killing in the Family by Stephen Singular
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As a potential true crime writer, I've been dipping my toe in all non-fiction accounts of crimes and trials. This was from a library that was closing down, and free, but what a great find. Singular is a perfect writer for this kind of story - he keep ...more
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
"Our industrial food system may be cheap, but it's cruel and unhealthy. Even the organics of Whole Foods deplete the land, torture the animals and make the world a worse place. The book takes a simple idea and nails it perfectly. It ruins almost al..." Read more of this review »
Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey
" Nobody should have to do a "google search" to get a real sense of any characters in a halfway decent true-crime. They should be as vivid and important ...more "
Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey
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I read this because I found it, and it was free. It was utter crap. Godfrey's prose is retarded. She writes as if she thinks she's doing a great job, but we all know better. Or maybe she really writes like crap, and her editors intone a touch of ego ...more
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Okay, so if I got to pick how I learn my world history of civilized cultures, I would pick to have this author, or a fair equivalent, write this kind of heartfelt bio of the defining struggles in their generation.

I bought this because I had heard th
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