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The Red Parts
The Red Parts: A Memoir | Maggie Nelson
One day in March 1969, twenty-three- year-old Jane Mixer was on her way home to tell her parents she was getting married. She had arranged for a ride through the campus bulletin board at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was one of a handful of pioneering women students at the law school. Her body was found the following morning just inside the gates of a small cemetery fourteen miles away, shot twice in the head and strangled. Six other young women were murdered around the same time, and it was assumed they had all been victims of alleged serial killer John Collins, who was convicted of one of these crimes not long after. Jane Mixer's death was long considered to be one of the infamous Michigan Murders, as they had come to be known. But officially, Jane's murder remained unsolved, and Maggie Nelson grew up haunted by the possibility that the killer of her mother's sister was still at large. In an instance of remarkable serendipity, more than three decades later, a 2004 DNA match led to the arrest of a new suspect for Jane's murder at precisely the same time that Nelson was set to publish a book of poetry about her aunt's life and death -- a book she had been working on for years, and which assumed her aunt's case to be closed forever. "The Red Parts" chronicles the uncanny series of events that led to Nelson's interest in her aunt's death, the reopening of the case, the bizarre and brutal trial that ensued, and the effects these events had on the disparate group of people they brought together. But "The Red Parts" is much more than a "true crime" record of a murder, investigation, and trial. For into this story Nelson has woven a spare, poetic account of a girlhood and early adulthood haunted by loss, mortality, mystery, and betrayal, as well as a subtle but blistering look at the personal and political consequences of our cultural fixation on dead (white) women. The result is a stark, fiercely intelligent, and beautifully written memoir that poses vital questions about America's complex relationship to spectacles of violence and suffering, and that scrupulously explores the limits and possibilities of honesty, grief, empathy, and justice.
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Cweeeevs
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This book is so well written that I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to attempt a review. I was completely engrossed in Maggie Nelson's memoir in which she deftly weaves threads of personal and familial trauma and grief amidst a harrowing murder trial. It's an uneasy read as she grapples with the wider cultural obsession over violence against women in its various forms. A 5⭐ read, but content warning for graphic descriptions and suicidal ideation.

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"Some dark crescent of land, a place where suffering is essentially meaningless, where the present collapses into the past without warning, where we cannot escape the fates we fear the most, where heavy rains come and wash bodies up and out of their graves, where grief lasts forever and its force never fades." (p. 122)

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I'm not usually a true crime fan, but I think this one is different than most. For one thing, Nelson already wrote a book about her aunt's cold case murder -- now having an arrest and trial made Nelson look back on her time working on the first book. She describes having 'murder mind': the effects of constant attention to the details of a violent crime and contrasts that experience with seeing the grisly details of the case in court 👇

Billypar She also describes how her focus on the case stirred up memories of her father's death in his sleep when she was a kid. Her account is cerebral but she isn't afraid to go after something complicated about emotions when she considers how death can fracture familial and romantic relationships. In the end, she is repulsed over more than just the brutal murder as she details how the judicial process dehumanizes and oversimplifies all it touches. 1mo
batsy Nice review! It's on my TBR. I loved her writing in Bluets. 1mo
Billypar @batsy Thanks! I'd like to try Bluets, and I should reread The Argonauts - I was too distracted the first time. I multitask with audio books, but it's tougher to do that with Nelson's stuff- you can miss a lot. 1mo
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Aimeesue I love Maggie Nelson. ❤️ 1mo
readordierachel Great review. I found this book very affecting. It must have been so hard to write. 1mo
Billypar @Aimeesue Me too - the way her brain works is pretty incredible. 1mo
Billypar @readordierachel Thanks! Agreed: and she never was pulling for emotion or tear-jerking: it's affecting because of its honesty and the level of insight into some complicated psychological territory. 1mo
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Visceral. Harrowing. Poetic. Lyrical. Generational grief. Shared blood. Agony. “Aura of dread, fear”. Anticipation of violence. “Bred in the bones”. Numbing, alcohol, drugs. Courtroom. Justice. “face of evil”. “Elmer Fudd”. Red parts. Autopsy. Dried brown blood. Blue scarf. Ladybugs.”Open murder”. Stories”. “Incoherence”. Suffering. Misogyny. Voyeurism. Ethical dilemmas. Devastating loss. Hole. Heart. Riveting. Reverberating. Dark. Murky. Mud.

kspenmoll I could think of no other way to truly review the experience that is this book. 3mo
TrishB Wow 😮 some review! 3mo
batsy Love this review! 3mo
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kspenmoll @TrishB @batsy Thank you both! ❤️ worked better than sentences for me. 3mo
youneverarrived You put this so perfectly! I struggled to review it because it‘s all these things. I really liked it! 3mo
kspenmoll @youneverarrived Thank you! I so get the struggle!!!! 3mo
Suet624 Wow. This is an amazing review. I love the way you describe it. This book sounds so intense. 3mo
kspenmoll Intense yet I could not put it down. Thanks Sue- I find reviews a challenge! 3mo
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Blaire Love this picture! Looks like a perfect Saturday morning set up 3mo
kspenmoll @Blaire It is right next to my bed. I was not ready to be up yet! 3mo
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#sundaymorning #coffeeandbooks #sunshine
Cool morning, sunny, blue skies. An autumn morning.
Just started this book.

Cathythoughts Interesting.... 👍🏻I have this stacked, look forward to your thoughts 3mo
Reviewsbylola I liked this one! 3mo
Cinfhen Pretty photo 💗 3mo
Mdargusch Pretty pic! 3mo
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A shortish book that packs a lot in. It‘s true crime mixed with memoir but also so much more. Very well written. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #genrebusting #booked2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Looks interesting. So many interesting books in this prompt!! 4mo
LeahBergen I have this one waiting for me. 👍🏻 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like my cup of tea 👍🏻♥️stacked 4mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I think you both will like it! 4mo
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Read some good books and some bad books this month...on track with #readharder2019 discovered some gems through #indiebuddyreads and prize lists, and rediscovered the joy of non-fiction on audio. On the whole, a success.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 💖📚💖 8mo
Cinfhen Nice collage ❣️ 8mo
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Redheadrambles Oooh I forgot to do this ! I see the robot is in its rightful place and size ;) (edited) 8mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles Hahaha that is exactly why the robot is there! 8mo
MicheleinPhilly I read The Red Parts this month too. 8mo
ClairesReads @MicheleinPhilly did you enjoy it? I thought it was excellent 8mo
MicheleinPhilly I did! I was a bit apprehensive because the whole “true crime interspersed with memoir” can be very hit or miss for me but I think it was very effective here. 8mo
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A compelling, beautifully written memoir. The Red Parts is more than just a narrative of a murder trial. Nelson intersperses this experience, with slices of everyday life, in doing so, effectively showing what it means to grow up in the shadow of such a tragedy; the extensive ripples of violent crime. Although an intensely personal, reflective story, this memoir also explores 'murder mind', and the culture of fascination around dead girls.

Emilymdxn Looks amazing! I want to read this so badly 8mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn its really well written, I definitely recommend it, especially if you like true crime. (edited) 8mo
Centique This one sounds like you might like it @Cinfhen 🤔 8mo
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Cinfhen Thanks @Centique definitely in my wheelhouse #stacked 🙌🏻 (edited) 8mo
ClairesReads @Centique @Cinfhen it‘s really well written I hope you enjoy it! 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks!! I‘m looking to see if it‘s available through my library 8mo
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Just trying again to be an audio book girl. I like podcasts so I suspect non-fiction is the way into this form for me.

Redwritinghood Hope it works for you. This sounds interesting. 9mo
Mdargusch I love true crime and this sounds like a good one. I just realized I added this to my GR TBR in 2016! I‘m moving it up on my list now. 😀 9mo
readordierachel This is a great read. Love Maggie Nelson. 9mo
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Mafiacisco
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How have I never heard of Maggie Nelson before?? This true crime (ish?) Story doesn't give you the answers you think you need but definitely picks apart what you don't even realize you're thinking.

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The author‘s aunt was brutally murdered before the author was born. But the death hung over the family. Nelson, as an adult, wrote a book of poems reflecting upon her aunt‘s unsolved murder. Just as her book of poems is being readied for publication, her family is contacted out of the blue by a police detective who had been (unbeknownst to them) working the aunt‘s cold case and, 36 years after her death, were ready to make an arrest. ...

Well-ReadNeck The resulting trial is the subject of this book. Memoir plus true crime?! Hello wheelhouse!! 12mo
MicheleinPhilly I bought this years ago. I really should read it. 12mo
CaramelLunacy That sounds fascinating! Will have to keep an eye out 12mo
readordierachel She also wrote a book in verse about this. Really, really good 12mo
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#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what‘s on-deck for me this week. Not sure if I‘ll get to them all, but The Winter Of the Witch came out today and I picked it up with an audible credit and will be starting that one immediately!!

Ashley_Nicoletto I have got to read that series. I have the first two and I‘ve just been putting it off but it‘s so loved. 12mo
AlaMich Oooh, I forgot that Winter of the Witch was being released today!! 😀 12mo
AlaMich @Ashley_Nicoletto Yes, it‘s sooo good!! 12mo
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NoFrigateLikeABook
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I‘m reading this book because I love memoir, true crime, and Maggie Nelson, and because I‘m leading a book club about it on Monday night. I find Nelson so intimidating. She‘s so smart. I hope we have a great discussion, and I hope I help to do her book justice.

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I have wanted to read this book for a long time as l really admire Maggie Nelson .lts a different read for me a type of shocking true crime story wrapped up in a cold case that involves a family history as it happened then and now, as the murder goes to trial many years later .lts heartbreaking too as it highlights violence against women in society how it is portrayed
How it affects victims their relatives how its still so relevent now .

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I finally joined the library in Atlanta yesterday! I made my way through all of the branches where I moved from, so I‘m excited to begin exploring the 31 branches in this county.

I‘ve been wanting to read The Red Parts for a while. It was actually in my Amazon basket when I found it at the library. I almost put it back on the shelf so I could buy my own copy. 😆

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Maggie Nelson mixes true crime, memoir and cultural commentary to create a sad picture of the American justice system and the confusing nature of grief. This is a smart, analytical and poetic look at our obsession with death and truth.

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Maggie Nelson‘s account of the trial of her aunt Jane‘s murderer, 36 years after the crime. She weaves in memoir of growing up in the shadow of Jane‘s death, her book of poetry in response & the challenges of facing the trial. Juxtaposes the violence of murder with everyday life & builds a picture of how society treats crime (eg films). Nelson has a great ability to observe from a distance, but is honest about how ‘murder mind‘ has affected her.

readordierachel I really liked this one too. And Jane, the poetry book, is quite good also! 2y
Cinfhen Sounds interesting 2y
Abailliekaras @ReadOrDieRachel @Cinfhen she‘s a fascinating writer. 2y
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Cinfhen You keep posting the most exciting and different books 💕🙌🏻 2y
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen they‘re definitely varied at the moment! It‘s interesting reading for podcasts as I don‘t have the option of bailing. I‘ve had a good run so far with great books thankfully. ;) 2y
mr_annie I‘d love to read ‘Jane‘ now too! 2y
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I‘ve never read anything quite like The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson. In late 2004, Jane: A Murder, a narrative in verse, about the author‘s aunt was published. The 35 year old case remained unsolved. But as the book came into print, the author and her family learned that the case had been reopened. The Red Parts, then, is a sequel of sorts...a memoir of the trial and the author‘s navigation of the trial.

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I can‘t say that I enjoyed The Red Parts though I admire Maggie Nelson‘s honesty in writing it. She does not shy away from the messes in her own life, even as she writes beautiful prose about a murder trial. I failed to connect with it emotionally, but that may have more to do with me than with the book. Still, it was worth the read.

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JennaAZ
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This was beautifullly written, a cross between a memoir and a true crime/courtroom drama. A quick read, too.

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Currently reading Maggie Nelson‘s incredible memoir, THE RED PARTS. #truecrime #autobiography #memoir #literarynonfiction

dogra I don‘t see anyone else using the #literarynonfiction keyword. Can we get that one going (in a well-curated way, of course)? 2y
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Stumbled upon this unadvertised deal when I checked my #Amazon wishlist just now. I‘ve been waiting for this to go on sale for MONTHS! So excited! Thought I‘d share.

#KindleDeal

Jess7 Stacked and purchased!! 🤗🤗 thanks for the heads up and recommendation! 2y
EvieBee @Jess7 you are very welcome! ♥️♥️ (edited) 2y
MicheleinPhilly I bought that AGES ago. Think I paid full price for it. Still haven‘t read it. 😒 2y
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EvieBee @MicheleinPhilly That happens to me a lot! I buy full price when I‘m in the zone with a genre or something, and then it passes. Hopefully it will strike your fancy again. 2y
readordierachel Ooh, I really liked this one! 2y
EvieBee @ReadOrDieRachel The synopsis sounds so good! Hopefully I can get to it soon. 2y
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For the 2018 Read Harder Challenge of true Crime, I am reading Maggie Nelson‘s The Red Parts. I am strongly opposed to the sensationalism of the genre as it rarely addresses the resonate suffering of the violence inflicted. I find Maggie Nelson to be brilliant. This is the telling of her investigation into her aunt‘s murder, with the myriad of implications it has had on her family. I‘m happy that I found something that fits the challenge!

BooksForEmpathy I did really enjoy this on audio. 2y
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Almost done with this book. If you‘re into true crime or have a “murder mind,” check this out! The author is a poet and there are lyrical yet blunt passages in here.

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Edgar Allen Poe calls the death of a beautiful woman the most poetic subject in the world, but a true crime TV producer making an episode about Jane puts it to Nelson differently: "This is prime time. No black people, no bad teeth." ⏩ NPR book review

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Read66
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A really thought-provoking and moving look at the effect of a trial on the victim's (and in the case of this memoir, the author's) family - beautifully written.

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This was not what I expecting, but it was a great surprise.

nikirtehsuxlol I just picked this up from the library! 2y
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This was an intense little book that describes Maggie Nelson's experiences at the trial of the man accused of murdering her aunt. Sh never knew her aunt but had previously written about her and had spent a great deal of time researching and thinking about her. The book mixes graphic information about the murder and the trial, with rumination on Maggie's father's death, grief, mental health, family and loss. Well written, tender, thought-provoking!

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Reading this intense little book!

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I'm going on a 3.5 day trip during which I will be near but not actually AT the beach, and will have little to no free time. And of course I'm struggling to decide which 2 books to bring along. (My Kindle and Audible libraries are coming along too, of course!) Ah yes, here is the dangerous intersection between "voracious reader" and "overpacker."

CAGirlReading Great stack but tough to pick! I've only read The Secret Place, but I loved it! 3y
LeahBergen Take Penance and The Red Parts (both on my TBR and both are supposed to be good - they're small and you have others on your reader 😄) 3y
emilyhaldi Priestdaddy is amazing and you can read in bits and pieces if you want to mix it up with a second book! 3y
Megabooks Girls on Fire!! 3y
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tholmz
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Holy moly this book was fantastic. Poetic, beautiful, sad, deep, truthful. I love Maggie's voice. Highly recommend.

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The only good part about giving exams is the extra audiobook time I get. This was a really short, really intense memoir about the author's feelings and reactions to the reopening of the decades old murder of her aunt. It's very interesting but sometimes the language is a little too flowery, but it's fascinating!

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I really love Maggie Nelson's writing.

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The last time I did any significant reading outdoors was in December while waiting in the 2+ hour line to get into The Broad in LA. It was warm and REALLY sunny (hence the umbrellas). I think I finished off half of Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts in that line. #riotgrams #outside

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Reviewsbylola Great book! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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I loved this look at how a murder changed a family 30 years later.

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Reading on my hotel's balcony before walking over to the Broad to look at some art.

LectricSheep Maggie Nelson is the best. ❤️️ 3y
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This was excellent. Just read it. Because tragedy doesn't happen in a vacuum...and life is messy, disappointing, heartbreaking and beautiful.

Tsubame Well said! 👏🏻 3y
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Starting this one today, it sounds fascinating!

Reviewsbylola Very engrossing read. 3y
susanw It's a good one! 3y
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#PhotoADayNov16 Day 30 - Best of November

I participated in #NonFictionNovember for the first time, and out of the 11 books I read, 11 of them were non-fiction!! 🙌🙌🙌

My absolute favorite book of the month was AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, but I borrowed (and returned) it to the library. #BestOfNovember

DrexEdit I also read and really liked The Indigenous People's History. It's good to get outside your own frame of reference whenever you can. 3y
quirkyreader I think 3y
quirkyreader Darn keyboard . I think this is a wonderful stack. 3y
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feminismandyoga I want to read that one so bad. I am currently practicing shelf control and reading what I've bought already this year but it is my next book purchase. Sadly that probably won't be until after Christmas 3y
BooksForYears @StoredFeminism I applaud your resolve! 👏👏👏 3y
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This was a beautifully written book that was part memoir and part true crime and much more. It is not easily categorized and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Two of my recent birthday presents. The Red Parts will be a good pick for #NonfictionNovember. Has anyone read it?

Anovelobsession Read and loved❤️. It is literally like nothing I have ever read before and Maggie Nelson can put words together like nobody else can. 3y
Hooked_on_books Haven't read it, but it looks really good! 3y
Anton Love that cover for The Wonder! 3y
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Donna_sBookMinute Belated? Happy Birthday if I missed it. The cover for "The Wonder" is quite lovely. 3y
LeahBergen @Anovelobsession Oooo, now I'm even more excited to read it! 3y
LeahBergen @Anton It's the Canadian edition. 😀 3y
LeahBergen @Donna_sBookMinute Thank you! Yes, my birthday was a couple of days ago. 😀 3y
Anton Everything's better in 🇨🇦 3y
Yournewfriendsams Happy belated birthday 🎉 3y
LeahBergen @Anton Haha!! Are you Canadian? 3y
LeahBergen @Yournewfriendsams Thank you! 😀 3y
Anton @LeahBergen I am Canadian, but I live in Texas now. 3y
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