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"I loved this book not only for its excellent reportage, fascinating subjects, or carefully interwoven scraps of memoir; I loved this book for its poetic compassion, and for the beautiful and rich way in which Rachel Monroe is able to communicate t..." Read more of this review »
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"I unabashedly loved this book. I’ve been a true crime fan on the periphery for a while. This book made me think about what I got out of these stories about the dark and vile. Monroe categories the fan into four categories and delves into how each..." Read more of this review »
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“Sometimes women’s attraction to true crime is dismissed as trashy and voyeuristic (because women are vapid!). Sometimes it is unquestioningly celebrated as feminist (because if women like something, then it must be feminist!). And some argue that women read about serial killers to avoid becoming victims. This is the most flattering theory—and also, it seemed to me, the most incomplete. By presuming that women’s dark thoughts were merely pragmatic, those thoughts are drained of their menace. True crime wasn’t something we women at CrimeCon were consuming begrudgingly, for our own good. We found pleasure in these bleak accounts of kidnappings and assaults and torture chambers, and you could tell by how often we fell back on the language of appetite, of bingeing, of obsession. A different, more alarming hypothesis was the one I tended to prefer: perhaps we liked creepy stories because something creepy was in us.”
Rachel Monroe, Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession

“A distorted sense of danger isn’t just psychologically taxing; it also encourages us to perceive risk where there isn’t any. Steeping in ominous stories can make people into threats themselves. The news is full of examples of how ambient anxiety gets turned against people of color going about their daily lives—taking a nap in the student lounge; walking down the street; selling lemonade. I thought of the woman who called the cops on two Native American brothers who were on a college tour at Colorado State. The teenagers made the woman “nervous,” she told the 911 operator. “If it’s nothing, I’m sorry. But it actually made me like feel sick and I’ve never felt like that.” Many people are feeling sick these days, for many reasons. But we should all be careful about the stories we tell ourselves to explain why.”
Rachel Monroe, Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession




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