The Fact of a Body

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Publisher : Flatiron Books
ISBN 13 : 1250080568
Total Pages : 336 pages
Book Rating : 4.61/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis The Fact of a Body by : Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Download or read book The Fact of a Body written by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich and published by Flatiron Books. This book was released on 2017-05-16 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Complex and challenging... push[es] the boundaries of writing about trauma." —The New York Times “A True Crime Masterpiece” – Vogue Entertainment Weekly "Must" List and Best Books of the Year So Far Real Simple's Best New Books Guardian Best Book of the Year Lambda Literary Award Winner Chautauqua Prize Winner "The Fact of a Body is one of the best books I've read this year. It's just astounding." — Paula Hawkins, author of Into the Water and The Girl on the Train "This book is a marvel. The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth." — Celeste Ng, author of the New York Times bestselling Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere Before Alex Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, they think their position is clear. The child of two lawyers, they are staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as they review old tapes—the moment they hear him speak of his crimes -- they are overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by their reaction, they dig deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alex pores over the facts of the murder, they find themself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, they are forced to face their own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors their view of Ricky's crime. But another surprise awaits: They weren’t the only one who saw their life in Ricky’s. An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed -- but about how we grapple with our own personal histories. Along the way it tackles questions about the nature of forgiveness, and if a single narrative can ever really contain something as definitive as the truth. This groundbreaking, heart-stopping work, ten years in the making, shows how the law is more personal than we would like to believe -- and the truth more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

The Fact of a Body

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Publisher : Pan Macmillan
ISBN 13 : 1509805656
Total Pages : 343 pages
Book Rating : 4.55/5 ( download)

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Download or read book The Fact of a Body written by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich and published by Pan Macmillan. This book was released on 2017-05-18 with total page 343 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Part memoir, part true crime, wholly brilliant.' – Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. When law student Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is asked to work on a death-row hearing for convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley, she finds herself thrust into the tangled story of his childhood. As she digs deeper and deeper into the case she realizes that, despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. The Fact of a Body is both an enthralling memoir and a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories, and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

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Publisher : Macmillan
ISBN 13 : 1760554014
Total Pages : 352 pages
Book Rating : 4.19/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis The Fact of a Body by : Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Download or read book The Fact of a Body written by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich and published by Macmillan. This book was released on 2017-05-30 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The gripping true story of a young law student, an unspeakable crime and a past that refuses to stay buried. "Utterly remarkable" The Times "One of the best books I've read this year. Just astounding." Paula Hawkins Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working on the retrial defence of death-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti death penalty. But the moment Ricky's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes, the moment she hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unspeakable acts, can happen to any one of us, and as Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky's childhood. And by examining minute details of Ricky's case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime. As enthralling as true-crime classics such as In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and broadcast phenomena such as Making a Murderer and Serial, The Fact of a Body is a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine. MORE PRAISE FOR THE FACT OF A BODY "This is a profound and riveting book" Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You "As gripping as a thriller, The Fact of a Body is a disturbing work that explores the toughest questions of law and morality without offering any easy answers." Literary Review "Compulsive, eloquent and profoundly troubling. One of those rare books which embrace the genuine complexity of real life." Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time "This book is a marvel. ... equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth." Celeste Ng, author of New York Times bestselling Everything I Never Told You

Murder Book

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Publisher : Andrews Mcmeel+ORM
ISBN 13 : 1524876038
Total Pages : 326 pages
Book Rating : 4.36/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis Murder Book by : Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell

Download or read book Murder Book written by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell and published by Andrews Mcmeel+ORM. This book was released on 2021-11-09 with total page 326 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Why is it so much fun to read about death and dismemberment? In Murder Book, lifelong true-crime obsessive and New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell tries to puzzle out the answer. An unconventional graphic exploration of a lifetime of Ann Rule super-fandom, amateur armchair sleuthing, and a deep dive into the high-profile murders that have fascinated the author for decades, this is a funny, thoughtful, and highly personal blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and true crime with a focus on the often-overlooked victims of notorious killers.

Body Counts

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Publisher : Simon and Schuster
ISBN 13 : 1451661959
Total Pages : 432 pages
Book Rating : 4.58/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis Body Counts by : Sean Strub

Download or read book Body Counts written by Sean Strub and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2014-01-14 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The political activist and founder of "POZ" magazine recounts his experiencesin New York during the height of the AIDS epidemic, his own transforming diagnosis with HIV, and his efforts as the executive director of the Sero Project.

Waveform

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Publisher : University of Georgia Press
ISBN 13 : 0820350214
Total Pages : 287 pages
Book Rating : 4.19/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis Waveform by : Marcia Aldrich

Download or read book Waveform written by Marcia Aldrich and published by University of Georgia Press. This book was released on 2016 with total page 287 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Waveform champions the diversity of women?s approaches to the structure of the essay, today a site of invention and innovation, with experiments in col-lage, fragments, segmentation, braids, triptychs, and diptychs.

A Rip in Heaven

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Publisher : Penguin
ISBN 13 : 1440627916
Total Pages : 320 pages
Book Rating : 4.10/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis A Rip in Heaven by : Jeanine Cummins

Download or read book A Rip in Heaven written by Jeanine Cummins and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2004-06-01 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The acclaimed author of American Dirt reveals the devastating effects of a shocking tragedy in this landmark true crime book—the first ever to look intimately at the experiences of both the victims and their families. A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins’ story of a night in April, 1991, when her two cousins Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, were assaulted on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River just outside of St. Louis. When, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom managed to escape the attackers and flag down help, he thought the nightmare would soon be over. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their entire family were just at the beginning of a horrific odyssey through the aftermath of a violent crime, a world of shocking betrayal, endless heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was a trial by fire from which no family member would emerge unscathed.

The Best American Essays 2020

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Publisher : Mariner Books
ISBN 13 : 0358359910
Total Pages : 333 pages
Book Rating : 4.13/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis The Best American Essays 2020 by : Andr Aciman

Download or read book The Best American Essays 2020 written by Andr Aciman and published by Mariner Books. This book was released on 2020-10-06 with total page 333 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Compiles the best literary essays of the year 2019 which were originally published in American periodicals.

The Body Papers

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Publisher : Restless Books
ISBN 13 : 1632061848
Total Pages : 301 pages
Book Rating : 4.43/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis The Body Papers by : Grace Talusan

Download or read book The Body Papers written by Grace Talusan and published by Restless Books. This book was released on 2019-04-02 with total page 301 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing “Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us. Equal parts compassion and confession, The Body Papers is a stunning work by a powerful new writer who—like the best memoirists—transcends the personal to speak on a universal level.” —Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather’s nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. Talusan learns as a teenager that her family’s legal status in the country has always hung by a thread—for a time, they were “illegal.” Family, she’s told, must be put first. The abuse and trauma Talusan suffers as a child affects all her relationships, her mental health, and her relationship with her own body. Later, she learns that her family history is threaded with violence and abuse. And she discovers another devastating family thread: cancer. In her thirties, Talusan must decide whether to undergo preventive surgeries to remove her breasts and ovaries. Despite all this, she finds love, and success as a teacher. On a fellowship, Talusan and her husband return to the Philippines, where she revisits her family’s ancestral home and tries to reclaim a lost piece of herself. Not every family legacy is destructive. From her parents, Talusan has learned to tell stories in order to continue. The generosity of spirit and literary acuity of this debut memoir are a testament to her determination and resilience. In excavating such abuse and trauma, and supplementing her story with government documents, medical records, and family photos, Talusan gives voice to unspeakable experience, and shines a light of hope into the darkness.

My Dark Places

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Publisher : Random House
ISBN 13 : 1448134080
Total Pages : 418 pages
Book Rating : 4.83/5 ( download)

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Book Synopsis My Dark Places by : James Ellroy

Download or read book My Dark Places written by James Ellroy and published by Random House. This book was released on 2011-11-30 with total page 418 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: America's greatest crime writer investigates his mother's murder. On 21 June 1958, Geneva Hilliker Ellroy left her home in California. She was found strangled the next day. Her ten year-old son James had been with her estranged husband all weekend and was informed of her death on his return. Her murderer was never found, but her death had an enduring effect on her son - he spent his teens and early adult years as a wino, petty burglar and derelict. Only later, through his obsession with crime fiction, triggered by his mother's murder, did Ellroy begin to delve into his past. Shortly after the publication of his groundbreaking novel WHITE JAZZ, he determined to return to Los Angeles and, with the help of veteran detective Bill Stoner, attempt to solve the 38-year-old killing. The result is one of the few classics of crime non-fiction and autobiography to appear in the last few decades; a hypnotic trip to America's underbelly and one man's tortured soul.