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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences | Truman Capote
Re-creation of the brutal slaying of the Clutter family of Holcolm, Kansas.
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Juliwyant
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Just started listening to this.... Narrated by Scott Brick. Very good so far... I read this book in high school. Have wanted to read it again for years....finally doing it!

magyklyXdelish This is on my TBR! 17h
Juliwyant Truman Capote was an amazing writer. The book is very well written. I grew up in Kansas in a small town and when we read this book in high school English, it scared the crap out of me. The lock on our back door had been broken for years....I made my father replace it because I couldn't sleep unless the doors were locked. My home town was so much like Holcomb that it just creeped the bejezus out of me. 17h
Lucy_Anywhere Ooooh, I really enjoyed this! 8h
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Neesay

I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.

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Mehso-so

It was interesting, but the pace was too slow for my liking. 2⭐

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AWildMandaPanda
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I watched “Capote” last night and it was very thought provoking. I have never read “In Cold Blood” but I have always loved Harper Lee, and therefore, I have always felt that I should read it... what do you guys think? Should I give it a read? The movie was interesting but painted a controversial light on Truman Capote. #truecrime #trumancapote #nonfiction

Prairiegirl_reading It is a great book. Well worth a read. 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve heard great things about it.. thanks! 🙂 1mo
ImperfectCJ I agree with @Prairiegirl_reading ... In Cold Blood is an excellent book. 1mo
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AWildMandaPanda @ImperfectCJ Have you ready any of his other work? I‘m only familiar with Harper Lee‘s writing and her portrayal of Truman through the character of Dill in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and through the movie 1mo
marleed In Cold Blood is very good. I also read the HF book entitled The Swans of Fifth Ave. That book made me completely intrigued in the world of Truman, Babe Paley and all those ‘swans‘. 1mo
Daisey I just read In Cold Blood this fall thought it was great. I would also recommend this book that describes a bit about Harper Lee‘s role in researching In Cold Blood as well as another murder she considered writing a book about. 1mo
LoverOfLearning Were the opposite. I've read the book, finished it last night, but I have not watched the movie or explored anything else about it yet. 1mo
Scochrane26 I really liked In Cold Blood. Not my usual genre, but I read it because it‘s a classic & for a book challenge. 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @marleed I have never heard of that book but I will definitely have to check it out! 🙂 1mo
ljuliel I‘d recommend In Cold Blood , then The Grass Harp. Capote is my favorite writer , but he was a complicated person. Not always likable but I think he had reasons why he was like he was. There‘s also another book which gives a bit of Truman‘s personality. 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @Daisey that sounds really intriguing! I‘ll have to check it out thanks for recommending it! 😀 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @LoverOfLearning the movie was interesting but it made me question his intentions in writing the book 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @Scochrane26 I‘m glad that you liked it; especially if it wasn‘t you‘re usual preferred genre! 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @ljuliel I‘ll have to check them both out! I‘ve always been interested in reading his work or about him, but I never did. My dad was a huge Harper Lee fan growing up and I‘ve read her books and knew of their friendship but I never read Capote‘s writing before! 1mo
ljuliel The reason I chose those 2 were to see the huge gap of how was able to write a story of violence to a story of innocence. He was such a talented writer ! I wish he could have lived longer to maybe get a few more written before he was gone. Our library used to have a really old book about a lot of his articles and short stories he‘d done. One was about how In Cold Blood severely affected him. I think that was the beginning of his decline. 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @ljuliel I am going to have to read more of his work and more work written about him. He seems to have had a very fascinating career and was very talented from what I gather 1mo
ljuliel I think he had a wonderful talent. I probably wouldn‘t have liked him as a person , but sometimes , with certain authors, I might think their writing is terrific, but their personality or life choices are a bit hard to like, if that makes sense. I have to separate the two. 1mo
AWildMandaPanda @ljuliel that makes sense. I think I also must separate the talent from the person and just appreciate his work for what it is. I did not know much about his life or his career and I think I need to read more of his work to get a better appreciation 🙂 1mo
ljuliel Enjoy. He was quite a character. 😊 1mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Finished it finally!! I really enjoyed this book. It read like a fiction the way the characters and the story came to life. Capote is truly a great writer as everyone says. I appreciated the ending how it went into depth about the trail and the psychological evaluations. I'm going to school for forensic psychology, so it was right in my wheel house. Great book! I highly recommend this book to all true crime addicts. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

marleed It is non-fiction. There‘s an interesting movie that came out a few years ago on the making of In Cold Bold. And if I remember correctly Capote even invited some of the folks he met in Kansas to his famous black and white ball. 1mo
LoverOfLearning @marleed lmao I know. I fixed it. I'm so tired I can't think. Oh wow, that's really amusing. I have to look more into that. Capote seems like an interesting guy. 😂 1mo
marleed @LoverOfLearning oh that‘s funny. I was so obsessed by the ‘swans‘ in his life. I‘m completely fascinated by the life of Babe Paley who was married to Bill Paley who basically invented CBS and the evening news. Their daughter is the longtime love of Charlie Rose. So connecting those dots would mean that Charlie Rose‘s essential father-in-law was CBS. I wonder if that made Charle Rose‘s MeToo firing a bit harder for CBS. 1mo
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LoverOfLearning
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"One juror ... sat with drugged eyes and jaws so utterly ajar bees could have buzzed in and out".

Love this description so much. ???

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LoverOfLearning
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"The crime was a psychological accident, virtually an impersonal act; the victims might as well have been killed by lightening."

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LoverOfLearning
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Getting my read on. A little more than half way done.

rather_be_reading almost got this at a thrift store yesterday bt it was wrecked 3w
LoverOfLearning Oh bummer! It was so good!! 3w
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LoverOfLearning
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You are strong, but there is a flaw in your strength, and unless you learn to control it the flaw will prove stronger than your strength and defeat you.

- Willie-Jay

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Eyelit
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Because I think this week will be very similar to last, I‘m setting the bar low for my #weeklyforecast

Tagged book is the only one that needs to be completed by Saturday and only thing I plan to have with me wherever I go to accomplish set task.

If I read anything else that‘ll be quite the bonus 😅

LoverOfLearning I am about to start this book any minute! Yay. I got it as a gift from my secret Santa and it was perfect. It was on my TBR for awhile now! 1mo
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LoverOfLearning
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My coworker was my secret Santa and got me this book!!Perfect! It's been on my TBR for months!

What did you guys think of this book?

britt_brooke Bone chilling, but excellent! Hope you enjoy. 2mo
Kaila-ann I recently acquired this one as well. Looking forward to it. 2mo
LapReader Shocked myself by absolutely loving it. 2mo
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Scochrane26 I‘m not a true crime fan, but this one is excellent. 2mo
LoverOfLearning @britt_brooke oh bone-chilling! That's a good descriptor. I can't to start it! 1mo
LoverOfLearning @Scochrane26 what is your favorite genre to read? 1mo
Scochrane26 @LoverOfLearning usually general or historical fiction. I read In Cold Blood for the read harder challenge about 2 yrs ago. I‘ll read most genres, but I think I‘ve only read a few true crime. 1mo
LoverOfLearning @Scochrane26 okay fair point, if you thought it was excellent then I'll love it! 1mo
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Daisey
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I finished out November with 16 completed books. I enjoyed them, but I doubt any will make my best reads for the year. I think In Cold Blood for #ReadColdBlood probably tops the list due to vivid writing and good discussion. Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth was also an unexpectedly wonderful read.

For my weekly #BookReport, I finished 6 books and will share those specific titles tomorrow as I decide what to read next.

#ReadingStats #MonthlyStats

JazzFeathers Wow! That's a great result. 2mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, I was surprised when I looked at the total. I didn‘t realize I had read that much. 2mo
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There's no denying that Capote can write. I was continually struck by his language, his skillful pacing, & his characterizations of even the minor players. But the horror & bleakness of the events sometimes overwhelmed me. Perhaps that's why I don't typically read true crime. Also, I was constantly wondering about the liberties Capote took to craft this "nonfiction novel." ?

readordierachel ...What's true? Am I being manipulated? What are the ethics of mining a tragedy in this way? In the end, it was worth reading & I might seek out more information about his writing/research process, but I might be done with true crime in this vein. Thanks for the readalong! @merelybookish @batsy @Daisey @Texreader #readcoldblood 2mo
Addison_Reads I felt similar to you once I finished this one. I read it for the first time last year and at times I had to stop and go watch cartoons to clear my head. 😉 It is a well crafted book though. 2mo
merelybookish Great description of what it's like to read this book! We all seem to have arrived in similar places with it! Perhaps none of us read much true crime! 2mo
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8little_paws Yeah I really struggled with this book and I understand that it's genre breaking for its time--however the genre's been nuanced and perfected since then. There was too much blending of fiction and reality here for this 2019 reader. 2mo
Daisey After the additional reading I did, the blending of fact and fiction is definitely my biggest difficulty with this book. Where is the line between fiction and nonfiction? Most of it is fact, but there are clear examples of invention and fictionalization. This led to a greater feeling of manipulation. 2mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I hear you. I've watched a lot of Steven Universe the last few weeks so cleanse my palate. 🙃 2mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I wonder if true crime officianados feel differently 🤔 2mo
readordierachel @8little_paws Yes, that blending was too much for me, too. Keep my peanut butter and chocolate separate, please. (Not really, but you get it 😉) 2mo
readordierachel @Daisey Makes sense. You know, for some reason I don't mind being manipulated as much if it's total fabrication (ie, fiction). But in a "true" account it's annoying. I feel like this book has endured partly because of all these questions surrounding it. 2mo
batsy Nice review! "Am I being manipulated?" was a key question for me, as well. All art involves some form of manipulation, for lack of a better word, but with a true account the stakes are raised. And when it involves crime, then I start thinking about a writer's responsibility. Glad I read it with you guys and that we can have this discussion :) 2mo
Reggie It‘s funny how much I like horror but one time I tried to read Helter Skelter about the Manson murders and I just couldn‘t do it. I started having nightmares where he was trying to murder me and my brother. So I understand this. Great review! 2mo
readordierachel @batsy So true. And I don't necessarily mind being manipulated, if it's done well and is fiction. You're exactly right about the raised stakes of something true. This has been a really thought-provoking read. I'm glad we read it too 🙂 2mo
readordierachel @Reggie Yikes!! And I know what you mean! I kept thinking about Laws of the Skies, actually. Parts of that were so incredibly gruesome, and although I didn't delight in that or anything, I was pretty unfazed (don't know what that says about me but there you have it). But this I just couldn't stomach. 2mo
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Squeezing in a few pages before my gym class starts. Hoping to finish this up today.
I'll be honest, good as this book is, I'll be happy to move on to something else.

Librariana I would imagine the subject matter would wear on me mentally, too based on the little I know about the title. Your brain probably needs a break! Hope your next read is cozy and lovely 😊 2mo
Qpri I felt the same way through the second half of this book! 🙌 2mo
readordierachel @Librariana yes, exactly! Thanks 😊 2mo
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readordierachel @Qpri It's just so sad, isn't it? 2mo
Qpri @readordierachel 100% agree! I couldn‘t wait to get out of the misery 2mo
JSW That book killed true crime for me. Which, TBH, I was ok with. It was so dark, so ugly, so hopeless. Stay strong!! 2mo
batsy That's how I felt towards the end, as well. It's a lot to process plus the book itself was kind of winding down for me (could have been shorter, imo 😬) 2mo
readordierachel @JSW Only 20 pages to go! Yes, it's so ugly and hopeles. I'm not a big true crime person in general, because I find it too upsetting. I think this might be my last, too...about violent crime for sure. 2mo
readordierachel @batsy I'm with you. It treads the same horrific ground over and over. 2mo
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Daisey
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I‘m so glad I joined in the readalong for this book! I‘m not a big true crime reader, but I truly appreciated this story and the discussion so far. Truman Capote is a fantastic writer, making you feel that you‘re right alongside as events are happening. At the same time, I‘m really curious as to how much his own involvement at the time influences the story and the actual accuracy of some aspects, although it‘s impossible to ever know for sure.

batsy Yes! Nice review. Capote's writing is so vivid. 2mo
readordierachel I'm really curious about that, too. Great review! 2mo
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readordierachel Can't wait to hear what you think of that one! 2mo
CafeMom This reminds me to ask my son if he likes the book. His English class is reading this now. 2mo
merelybookish Glad you joined us. I'm also not a true crime fan so it was interesting to read this one that seems different from how I imagine typical true crime reads. But that difference is also what potentially makes it problematic. 2mo
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batsy
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I can understand why this nonfiction novel broke boundaries & continues to affect readers. Capote's writing is assured & beautiful even for such a heavy subject. Like @merelybookish I'm curious about his writing process. It left me wanting to know more about Capote as a writer & the form of male violence this book looks at. My only issue is that my attention sometimes flagged when reading, but I reminded myself that this isn't "entertainment". ⬇️

batsy True crime always raises these questions for me; as a reader I'm pulled in by the narrative momentum, but then I feel uncomfortable when I think about the implications of reading about what happened to real people as though it's a crime novel. I sense that Capote wrestled with these questions as a writer. Thanks for giving me the motivation to read this @merelybookish @readordierachel #readcoldblood Good to read with a group @Daisey @Texreader 2mo
Cinfhen Wonderful review 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm You make me want to read this! 👏 Great review, as always. 😘 2mo
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twohectobooks I‘ve had this one on my tbr for quite a long time. Good to hear your perspective! 2mo
Billypar @batsy Excellent review! I haven't read In Cold Blood, but I felt the same way after Killers of the Flower Moon. I just finished Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts, which raises some interesting questions about the range of responses to violent crime, referencing true crime writing when she refers back to her prior book, Jane. 2mo
Oldschool_millenial I read this book senior year of high school and we talked about Capote's process. My English class also watched the movie "Capote" (stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, highly recommend). I think it is mentioned in a note in the book that, remarkably, he didn't use any recording devices nor take notes when he interviewed people. He relied on his (allegedly) remarkable memory. 2mo
Texreader I‘ve been “flagging” too while reading it. Glad I am not alone. 2mo
Hamlet There‘s an excellent but neglected film with Toby Jones called “Infamous” that covers the same ground as the Philip Seymour Hoffman film. Also, it‘s worth looking at George Plimpton‘s oral biography called “Truman Capote” (which interviews many persons who knew him, supporters & critics) along with Gerald Clarke‘s biography, “Capote.” 2mo
Reviewsbylola Your insight is so valuable. As an avid true crime reader, I totally get where you‘re coming from. And ICB is so interesting because of the relationship Capote formed with the murderers and how is suffused itself into his writing. It‘s clear he had a soft spot for Perry, so it leaves questions for the reader to grapple with. Did Perry deserve Capote‘s empathy? 2mo
batsy @twohectobooks Thanks! I'd love to know your thoughts when you read it. 2mo
Reviewsbylola @bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-558929e4127a" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-55892... This is a very interesting read. 2mo
batsy @Billypar Thank you! Killers of The Flower Moon is in my list, but I'm steeling myself because I know it's a tough topic. I'm so keen to read The Red Parts as well! 2mo
batsy @Oldschool_millenial That is pretty amazing! I've heard a lot of about Capote in relation to this book because of how popular it is, but I realise I don't know many details, as such. I hope to watch Capote at some point. 2mo
batsy @Texreader I'm glad to know I'm not alone, too! I think I struggled a bit after the first half. 2mo
batsy @Hamlet Thank you for that! I've made note about Infamous but didn't know which books to check out, so I appreciate the recs! 2mo
batsy @Reviewsbylola Thank you for that link. I'm going to check that out. I appreciated how Capote tried to humanise people that we might be inclined to think of as pure evil. At the same time, I'm sure his relationship with Perry would have affected how he portrayed him...there's always that risk of getting too close. 2mo
Suet624 Didn‘t Harper Lee help him write this book? 2mo
youneverarrived Excellent review 🙌 2mo
merelybookish Wow! Great review and discussion! 2mo
readordierachel Fabulous review, Suba! I'm having that same kind of discomfort. Even as I appreciate what a feat this novel is, I'm reminded of why I don't read true crime. 2mo
readordierachel @Suet624 Yes! She help with the research, and I believe she helped edit the book as well. 2mo
batsy @youneverarrived @merelybookish Thank you, ladies ❤️ 2mo
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! I think this is why I haven't made much progress on true crime myself. I'm fascinated by a lot of true crime books but the ones about murder and rape are tough reads. 2mo
batsy @readordierachel @Suet624 I learned on Litsy that this book sheds a bit of light on this 2mo
Suet624 Thanks! Stacked. 2mo
Daisey @Reviewsbylola Fascinating article! Thanks for sharing. @batsy As always, great review! I also agree I‘m going to be continuing to do some more reading and watching to go along with this read. 2mo
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I‘ve read before that Truman Capote and Harper Lee were good friends, so I was intrigued to read this article about her helping with so much of the research for the book.

https://crimereads.com/harper-lee-and-truman-capote-partners-in-crime/

I was especially interested in the mention of the night Dewey got the call about the arrest of the suspects since I just listened to that section of the book today.

#ReadColdBlood

Pruzy I was just going to say you should read Furious Hours if you wanted to learn more about their relationship writing In Cold Blood! 2mo
Daisey @Pruzy So, did it have a decent amount of information about their work together on In Cold Blood? What did you think of it? I read rather mixed reviews and it seems mostly about another case, so I hadn‘t actually looked to see if it was available at my library or not yet. 2mo
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batsy Thanks for the link! And I was interested in Furious Hours, so I'm definitely adding it to the pile. 2mo
Pruzy @Daisey I thought the book was great. The “other” case that Furious Hours was about was the case that Harper Lee spent a great deal of time researching for her own version of In Cold Blood that was never published. Furious Hours is about half about that case and half about Harper Lee researching In Cold Blood and her own true crime book. 2mo
Daisey @Pruzy Good to hear! My library has it on audio and I‘ve added it to the list. 2mo
Pruzy @Daisey Yay! 2mo
readordierachel Interesting article! Must check out Furious Hours next. 2mo
CafeMom My son is reading this book for 11th grade English. I will be interested to see what he thinks. 2mo
Daisey @merelybookish Did you read this article/excerpt? It pretty much sums up the impression that most people in Holcomb were more comfortable talking to Lee. 2mo
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merelybookish
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This "nonfiction novel" as Capote called it was as good as everyone said. It's a riveting story and a fascinating example of how a 'true' story gets written. It has left me with a lot of questions (not about the murder, although WHO was smoking the cigarettes Nancy kept smelling?) but about Capote and his process and his involvement with this topic. In the end, the book got me thinking about (toxic) masculinity which was not what I expected!

Daisey I‘m just over halfway through. I‘m thoroughly intrigued by the story and enjoying the writing. 2mo
readordierachel I was wondering about those cigarettes, too! I've fallen way behind (we moved this week) but hope to catch up this week. I will reading with an eye toward toxic masculinity now! 2mo
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ljuliel In case you‘re interested in reading more about Capote during the writing of this book. : 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review and interesting question. 2mo
merelybookish @Daisey Oh good! Look forward to hearing more of your thoughts! 2mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Those cigarettes are a red herring, I guess! 🤔 And I don't know...in the last section the masculinity thing came up. I can explain why after you've done. I guess I started to wonder how Capote's position as a gay man also affected how he hells the story. Basically all my questions are Capote related. 😂 (And I hope the move went well! Never easy!!) 2mo
merelybookish @ljuliel Thank you for the recommendation! It's exactly what we were hoping existed. 🙂 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanks! And thanks for encouraging us to read it!! 2mo
ljuliel You might want to try locating this book also. Our library used to have a really old copy of it, which they no longer have. There‘s a chapter in here called GHOSTS AND SUNLIGHT. THE FILMING OF IN COLD BLOOD. I think that‘s the story I read. It explains in detail how difficult writing In Cold Blood was, since he got so well acquainted with so many key people, including the killers. I think this was the beginning of his downfall. 2mo
youneverarrived The film Capote is worth a watch if you haven‘t seen it already. 2mo
batsy Great review! I finished last night & my only complaint is that I didn't find it as gripping as I thought I would. When I put it down, I wasn't really itching to pick it up again. (I think that's just me, tho!) I have the same questions about the cigarettes. I'd love to know more of your thoughts about toxic masculinity. For me the whole experience of reading it was about the senselessness of masculine aggression, a bit like watching Mind Hunter. 2mo
batsy @ljuliel Thanks for the tip about that book! I'm super curious about Capote's whole process and will see if I can access that. @readordierachel Hope the move went well and all the best with settling in! 💜 2mo
merelybookish @batsy I found the last section a bit of a slog, when he got into the death penalty and so on. But all the profiles of men on death row started me thinking about the kind of toxic masculinity and sense of white male entitlement that leads to domestic violence and.school shootings today. And I'm curious about Capote's perspective as a gay man. 2mo
merelybookish @batsy But yes, senseless male aggression pretty much nails it! 2mo
batsy @merelybookish Yes, when he talked about Lowell Lee Andrews and the AWOL soldiers George York and James Latham I got the sense that maybe Capote was wrestling with these questions about violence & the formation of a certain type of masculinity, too. I don't know if you've seen Mindhunter but that's what it feels like watching the show—the ever present specter of toxic masculinity. 2mo
merelybookish @batsy That's exactly where I first felt it, the section where he describes Andrews killing his family in such a blase way. (it's also where Capote describes his sister Jennie May as "intelligent but rather plain" ?) I have not watched Mind Hunter and Im not sure toxic masculinity is much of a sell. ? 2mo
batsy @merelybookish Re: Mindhunter, I hear you! I watched the first season & found it really compelling but it takes a mental & emotional toll. I don't know if I'll get around to the 2nd season. 2mo
merelybookish @ljuliel Great! Thank you! I know he became friends with Perry Smith and I felt that in the book. 2mo
merelybookish @youneverarrived Good to know! My husband has it so plan to watch it soon! 2mo
TheLudicReader The movie Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, is really excellent, too. It takes a look at this period in Capote‘s life. 2mo
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I haven‘t had a chance to look into the process of writing this book as much as I might like yet, but based on what I have read these lines caught my attention. It seems that Truman Capote might have felt somewhat the same as he researched and wrote about these murders.

#ReadColdBlood #1001books

batsy I haven't had much of a chance to do research on his process, either, though I'm really curious! I'm hoping to watch both Capote and Infamous when I'm done. 2mo
merelybookish I know! It's hard not to have lots of questions about the writing of this book! And like @batsy I'm hoping to watch the biopics! 2mo
Daisey After reading more about Capote and Harper Lee‘s contribution to the research, I‘m going to guess he felt more this way about the murderers themselves. 2mo
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Trying to read as much non-fiction this November.

TheLudicReader That‘s a great choice. 2mo
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Well, this is weird. The Clutter house is currently for sale. Maybe I could go to an open house. ( Just kidding. My curiosity does not go that far!)
Link is from realtor.com. Not much of an "untold" story but some info about whose owned the house since the murders.
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vivastory I'd want to visit, but I definitely wouldn't want to live there... 3mo
BarbaraBB This house is coming up all the time! Maybe you should visit it, you know it‘s just a few hours away 💕 3mo
ljuliel I wouldn‘t mind living there. I might sound like a Fruitcake , ( but I don‘t really care) . The spirits of that poor family have got to still be lingering there. I believe I‘d talk to them a lot , and promise them to take good care of their house. I‘m sure they‘re not “ bad spirits” that‘d cause problems. They died in a violent and unsettling manner , so I think they‘d still be there , lingering............ 3mo
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batsy What @vivastory said ... I've started it & really intrigued by how Capote spins the tale like a novel, but also periodically looking up pictures of the Clutter family & feeling sad 3mo
merelybookish @vivastory Who would want to live in Holcomb, KS? 😬🤣 3mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanksgiving holiday is coming up. I have half a mind to propose a road trip...😏 3mo
merelybookish @ljuliel The house needs someone like you! Someone who will tend to its spirits...and I agree, it's easy to imagine some energy lingers... 3mo
merelybookish @batsy It's hard to resist googling all the "characters" which then reminds you they were real people! ? Glad you started. Rachel and I had a discussion on her post about the writing, how it challenges the idea of "true account." 3mo
readordierachel It's making me quite sad, too @batsy I don't think I'd want to visit... 3mo
GingerAntics It probably doesn‘t look like it did during the murders. I doubt they‘ve put signs “body found here” and “blood spatter here.” 3mo
LeahBergen Yep, I think you should road trip! 😆 3mo
Daisey I looked up this article and then I had to read a few more . . . It‘s always fascinating to read a book that makes me want to do other research. 3mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics That would be beyond morbid if it did. 3mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Nothing says Thanksgiving like true crime tourism. 🤣 3mo
merelybookish @Daisey I know! I keep checking out stuff. Eventually I'm going to need to read more about how Capote wrote the book. 3mo
GingerAntics That would be pretty twisted, yeah. 3mo
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I‘m calling time for my weekend #Readathon at just over 18 hours. I finished 3 audiobooks and 1 print book, did a decent amount of catching up on the #NotionClub Papers in Sauron Defeated, and started In Cold Blood for #ReadColdBlood. I haven‘t reviewed The Remains of the Day, but I need to think on it for a bit. Now, I have to settle in for a bit of serious school work this evening.

#MrBook1inAMillion #LitsyPartyofOne #24B4Monday

MrBook You have rocked this!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Lynnsoprano Great time! Thanks for partying with us! 3mo
Lynnsoprano Great time! Thanks for partying with us 😄 3mo
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Andrew65 A brilliant time, well done and thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏👏🙌👍🥳🍾🥂😍 (edited) 3mo
Daisey @MrBook @Lynnsoprano @Andrew65 Thank you! Also thanks so much for hosting and cheering all weekend! 3mo
JazzFeathers That's a fantastic result! I can't wait to read your review of The Ranains of the Day. 3mo
Andrew65 @Daisey We‘ve loved it! Thanks 😊👍 3mo
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"...stoked a longing to realize an adventure his imagination swiftly and over and over enabled him to experience: the dream of drifting downward through strange waters, of plunging toward a green sea-dusk, sliding past the scaly, savage-eyed protectors of a ship's hulk that loomed ahead, a Spanish galleon---a drowned cargo of diamonds and pearls, heaping caskets of gold."

Yeah, I guess this Capote guy can write ?
#readcoldblood

merelybookish Yeah, the writing is pretty amazing. It reads like a novel, which raises some interesting questions! And @Daisey @kspenmoll and @Cathythoughts all expressed interest in joining. But not sure... 3mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Indeed it does. The dialogue in particular, I think. 3mo
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merelybookish @readordierachel blurs what it means to give a "true account." Not that I'm complaining! It's so good. And I'm okay with getting creative with nonfiction. Still, it makes me wonder about his process. 3mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I'm not mad at it either. It makes for great reading, but yeah, it makes me so curious. How much is imagined? Next we need a book about the writing of this book 😆 3mo
merelybookish @readordierachel or maybe an article 😉 3mo
Texreader Yes I‘ve started but I haven‘t gotten very far. I keep hearing so many great things about it but I keep getting pulled away with chores. 3mo
batsy FOMO is real 😅 I need to start this soon! 3mo
LeahBergen This is the book that made me a Capote fan. 😍 3mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant piece you‘ve quoted! Yes he sure can write. I‘m hoping to join you in the read 🤞🏻we need more reading time ❤️ 3mo
youneverarrived 🖤🖤 this book. 3mo
Daisey I downloaded both the ebook and audio yesterday and hope to start in the next day or so. Audio is probably all that will fit in my schedule. 3mo
readordierachel @Texreader @Daisey Life is getting in the way for me too this week, and I haven't been able to read much more of it. Luckily this a low-key buddy read. We'll finish when we finish 🙂 3mo
batsy @readordierachel @merelybookish I'm with you guys on wanting to know more about the process! As a reader, the writing is so amazing and the narrative so propulsive, there's an odd pleasure there, like reading a crime novel. But on another level I want to know how much was imagined in portraying how the characters/people think and what went on in their minds in terms of their hopes and dreams. I realise it's a question that can't quite be answered. 3mo
merelybookish @batsy So many times I pause and think "Wait, how could he know that?! Especially when he was describing (creatinging) the inner lives of the Clutter family members. I'm in the last section now and it's clearly shaped by the time he spent getting to know Perry Smith. 3mo
readordierachel @batsy @merelybookish I'm having those pauses as well. I find it a little jarring, even as it makes the reading experience more fluid. What are the ethics of manufacturing some of the family's last moments, thoughts, conversations? I suppose he did his homework and is trying to give them dimension beyond "victims." 3mo
batsy @readordierachel @merelybookish Yes, I'm also going to assume that he was scrupulous with his research... If you guys know of any good reads (articles or books) or anything related to the making of this book, please feel free to share! 3mo
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Morning plans.

GoldenGirl One of my faves! 3mo
KristenDuck Great book 3mo
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Texreader
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Thanks to @merelybookish I‘m starting this one tonight.

TheBookAddict True crime has always been interesting to read, but it‘s also tough to read once you actually take in the fact that it actually happened. Definitely it my TBR. 3mo
kylienoele A very sad case, but an excellent book! 3mo
readordierachel Cool! I'm starting this soon also. 3mo
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Bklover That book is haunting! 3mo
merelybookish Nice! 3mo
youneverarrived Posts about this book always make me want to read it again! (edited) 3mo
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JulietteGF
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In this true crime nonfiction, Truman Capote recounts the Clutter case: four members of a family shot dead with no apparent motive, and few clues...
We follow the investigation, the arrest, and the trial. Psychology is very present in this book; Truman Capote tries to understand what led to this tragedy.
Despite a quite difficult beginning, I found this book very interesting, and I would recommend reading it while watching Mindhunter ;)

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You guys were right! Truman Capote's #iconic true crime account is enthralling! And last night, I realized our #readcoldblood buddy read coincides with the 60th anniversary of the murders that inspired the book. 😯
#MOvember @cinfhen
@batsy @readordierachel @Texreader @kspenmoll @Cathythoughts

readordierachel Whoaa. What a wild coincidence! It's fate then 😉 3mo
readordierachel I'm second guessing my use of a winky face emoji on a post about murder... 3mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Yes, definitely fated. And I didn't read the wink as about the murder. More a comment on our brilliance. 😏 3mo
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readordierachel Perfect. As it was intended 😆 3mo
batsy Wow, that's wild! And yup @readordierachel winky face for our brilliance 😆 3mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! That‘s awesome timing / 60 years isn‘t that long ago 3mo
GingerAntics Oh that‘s so cool! I wish I could read it with you guys. I won‘t be able to get a copy in time. 3mo
merelybookish Well if you can get a copy, please join. It's a pretty low-stakes buddy read. Basically the only "rule" we have is that we will try to read it in November. I have started reading but I'm the only one so far. 3mo
Texreader Husband just got his copy to me. I‘ll start it tonight 3mo
Daisey I would really like to join in on this one! Looking to see if I can get a copy and fit it in somehow . . . 3mo
merelybookish @Daisey Yes, please do! It's pretty casual. Mostly we agreed to read it in November. 3mo
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#TIL It's a 5 hour road trip to visit Holcomb, KS, in case I ever feel like going to see the Clutter family home where the murders took place. #nfnov
@Clwojick @rsteve388

TheBookAddict That‘s a long drive! 😳 3mo
Lifeisasnap What a book. It might be an interesting trip. Do you think it‘s still there? 3mo
Texreader Wow. There‘s an idea to map the distance to a location in a book! But yikes! This one? 😬 3mo
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merelybookish @TheBookAddict I drive across Kansas often to visit friends in Kansas City, so it actually doesn't seem that far. 3mo
merelybookish @Lifeisasnap Yes, still there. I guess in the 90s, there were tours. 😬 But it's a private residence. 3mo
merelybookish @Texreader I was curious because it was described as close to the CO border. But apparently lots of gawkers go there. I wouldn't be the first. 🙂 3mo
Texreader @merelybookish I think that was a very cool idea! I want to read the book but a little scared to do so 3mo
merelybookish @Texreader I understand! True crime isn't my usual cuppa either but @readordierachel @batsy and I are trying to read it this November. You're welcome to join us. Pretty low stakes. 3mo
Texreader Great idea! Are you all very far along? I‘ll have to find a copy to read. 3mo
merelybookish @Texreader I just started tonight. I don't think the others have started yet. It's a pretty loose buddy read 3mo
Texreader @merelybookish ok good. Husband is finding his copy for me. 3mo
merelybookish @Texreader Sorry, hit send before I was done. So no rush. Really all we said was, let's read it in November. 🤓 Everyone on here sings the book's praises so I'm guessing it's more than a tale of murder. 3mo
merelybookish @Texreader Excellent! 🙂 3mo
kspenmoll I read it ages ago- my dad‘s copy -so a reread decades later might be fun ! 3mo
merelybookish @kspenmoll Yay! Please join us! 3mo
batsy Oh, this is very cool! I wish I lived close by so this could be a readalong plus road trip 😆 @readordierachel 3mo
BarbaraBB I would love to do that too. Unfortunate I have to stick to google earth 😂 3mo
merelybookish @batsy I know! A readalong road trip would be next level! 😀 3mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Should I ever go, I'll be sure to send you a pic! 3mo
readordierachel @batsy Sign me up for the read along road trip! Meet y'all there 😆 3mo
readordierachel And no, I haven't started yet. But plan to start this week! 3mo
GingerAntics Oh that might be worth the drive, though! 3mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics I think I could make a little jaunt down there someday! 3mo
GingerAntics I don‘t see why not. Maybe make a weekend of it if there is anything else in the area or along the way. Hm. It would be fun to check it out. 3mo
rsteve388 4 pts 3mo
Graywacke Think I‘ve about done that drive a few times. The Kansas part is ok as long as your not on i-70 (flat! And straight 😴 Not so busy at that time though...1990‘s) 3mo
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Okay! Finally diving into this Litsy favourite!
@batsy @readordierachel
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

batsy Look forward to seeing what you think! I've sort of overbooked myself with multiple group reads 🙈 I hope to start this next week! 3mo
merelybookish @batsy I understand! But I feel like it's time for me to *finally* read this book that everyone adores! 🙂 3mo
Rachel.Rencher This is such a good one! If you like it, read 3mo
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Cathythoughts I look forward to hearing all your thoughts.... I think@it‘s a brilliant book 3mo
BarbaraBB So so so good!! 3mo
merelybookish @Rachel.Rencher Cool! Thanks! 3mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Not very far but already loving the writing. I really appreciated his description of the eastern Colorado/Western KS landscape. 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh no !! I reread it this year ! Now I want to reread again ❤️❤️💔 3mo
Cathythoughts Whats yeer time frame ? 3mo
youneverarrived I hope you like it! I read it maybe last year or the year before and I still think about it. 3mo
Blaire It is so good! As a Kansan it was required reading. 3mo
readordierachel 👍🏼👍🏼 3mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts By all means join us for the least structured buddy buddy read ever. 🙂 3mo
rsteve388 1 pt 3mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Margot 👍❤️ 3mo
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Croissonter
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“...all crimes are only ‘a variety of theft.‘” P.289

Cathythoughts One of my favorite books 👍 3mo
Croissonter It‘s so good! I even have to force myself to read slowly so I can enjoy it longer. 3mo
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For #nonfictionovember and because #longoverdue @readordierachel, @batsy and I will be reading Truman Capote's true crime classic In Cold Blood.
If you want to join us, please do! No set schedule. Just the goal to read it and discuss during November.
(Of course it's possible we are the only ones on Litsy who haven't read it yet. 😅)
#readcoldblood

Cathythoughts What a great book ! I reread it this year. Up there in my top 5 - for the last 40 years - 3mo
batsy Yay! So glad we're doing this 😁 3mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Wow! That's fun to hear! 3mo
merelybookish @batsy I know! It's only taken us a few months. 😉 3mo
readordierachel Seconding @batsy ! Looking forward to it! 3mo
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EmilyM
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Absolutely chilling! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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1. In Cold Blood, by Capote and listening to Imaginary Friend, by Chbosky

2. Hillbilly Elegy (a reread to see if I want to teach it next year)

3. The Passengers by John Marrs

ReadingOverSleeping I read this year's ago and still think about it! 3mo
EmilyM @ReadingOverSleeping It is really good--well written in it's horrific subject. I am thinking of using it for my AP Language and Composition class of juniors. We only read nonfiction, but this is based on a true story, so it would work. 3mo
ReadingOverSleeping @EmilyM it is one of my favorites but I can safely say I'll never read it again, it was just so senseless and heartbreaking. You'd definitely have a lot of material for a paper! Best of luck! 3mo
EmilyM @ReadingOverSleeping Thanks! I agree....it is so senseless and disturbing. 3mo
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Scochrane26
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Day 17- I read this last yr for a book challenge, & it would be a perfect fit for this month‘s theme. Very #bloody crime (if I‘m remembering correctly). True crime isn‘t my usual genre, but this one is captivating.
#scarathlon #chillingphotochallenge #teamslaughter
@Clwojick

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ooohhhh The Witch‘s Handbook looks interesting!! 🖤🧡 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 4mo
kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s a box shaped like a book- so sorry! 4mo
CoffeeCatsBooks I was about to say the same thing about the Witch‘s Handbook, 😂. Cool box then! 4mo
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Born on this day in 1924

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Loreen
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It‘s day six of #bannedbooksweek2019. Today I thought I‘d go with two nonfiction books from my TBR. #InColdBlood has been challenged due to #violence, #sexualcontent, and #obscenelanguage. #NickelandDimed crimes are #drugs, #inaccurate, #offensivelanguage, #politicalviewpoint, and #religiousviewpoint . #standforthebanned

P.S. Why, yes! That is indeed my #bannedbooks mug from #theunemployedphilosophersguild. I love their bookish goodies. 😬😁😎

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Kimberlone
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For seven days I‘ll post a favorite cover with no explanation.

#7days7covers #Day4

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EmG
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Gorgeous.

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Leannr
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If your book doesn't look like this after a few days was it even your holiday read?

rather_be_reading 🤣🤣 5mo
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Arteriss
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“As long as you live, there‘s always something waiting.” - Truman Capote, In Cold Blood #quote #incoldblood

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kspenmoll
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#summerreading #buddyread

Summer program ends today. Now I just have some students to tutor for their summer reading requirement for the remainder of the summer.Have not read tagged book since I was quite young so I am happy to reread with adult eyes. ❤️📚

RaimeyGallant I need to dig back into this one, considering I've only read a few chapters so far! 6mo
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#LilithJuly

(Day 17 - #Criminal)

*It was absolutely criminal—what Perry Smith (center left, with Capote) and Richard Hickock (bottom left) did to the Clutter family (top right, Herb & Bonnie, parents; center right, son, Kenyon; bottom right, daughter, Nancy) in 1959. When Truman Capote (bottom center) and Harper Lee traveled to Holcomb, Kansas to report on the murders, the result was “In Cold Blood” which, arguably, started the true-crime genre.

gradcat Clutter family home is pictured top left. Photo taken in 2000. 6mo
Cathythoughts A book that made a lasting impact on me ... I reread it last year .... 6mo
gradcat @Cathythoughts It scared me so much when I first read it (I think I was twelve? Maybe thirteen?), that I didn‘t sleep well for months! So scary...and the movie affected me the same way! 6mo
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Cathythoughts I didn‘t know there was a movie. I‘m not sure I could watch .... 6mo
Samplergal This was a favorite as a teenager. I think I‘ve read it at least 6 times in my lifetime. Capote changed a whole genre with this book. So wonderful. 6mo
KarenUK Such a perfect choice 👍💕 6mo
gradcat @Samplergal You hit the nail on the head! I can‘t believe you‘ve read it six times, though—I think you might a true crime nut like I am!?! 😂 6mo
gradcat @KarenUK Thank you! 🙏 ☺️ ♥️ 6mo
Samplergal @gradcat I‘m also 63.... so I have had lots of years to read it. I read it first the yr it was published. At eleven. My parents were very liberal with reading materials. 😂Pretty soon I‘ll be demented and not remember I have read it!! 😂😂😂 6mo
gradcat @Samplergal My parents were like that, too...I remember being very young when I read it. By the way, I‘ll be 61 in December, so I‘m with you...but I hope & pray we‘ll NOT soon be demented!! 😂 6mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Holy cannoli Batman. This tells the true story of how an entire family was brutally murdered in rural Kansas in 1959. It follows with the investigation, the few clues available, how they caught the two guys (and in depth look at them as well) and their ultimate consequence for their actions. Well written- In fact I couldn‘t read this at night. #bbrc #growup #nonfiction #readmyowndamnbooks

LibrarianRyan ⭐️😜🤓 7mo
LoverOfLearning I just finished this book moments ago. I loved it! The ending with the trials and psychological evaluations are exactly what I'm studying in grad school so it was super interesting me. 1mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @LoverOfLearning what a great compliment to your studies! 1mo
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In Cold Blood is really artfully done but it doesn‘t read like a non-fiction book: it reads as a novel. I don‘t think there can be any doubt that Capote was pretty liberal with the “truth“. I would wholeheartedly recommend In Cold Blood (as long as you‘re not a kill-joy that takes things too seriously and gets mad when Capote takes some liberties). Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/in-cold-blood-truman-capote/ #TrueCrime

Crazeedi It was his best 7mo
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Bookishlie
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A solid 3.5 stars. Not 4 because it took me over a year to read it. I would start and stop. Maybe if I had read this before some other true crime.....but that being said Capote has a way with words and now I‘ll be reading his other stuff too.....so. It‘s a win! Definitely read this if you want to see the advent of the “true crime” novel.

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My library loan finally came in, and I was determined to finish it before the end of the month! I think this is the first true crime novel I‘ve ever read, and it was a great introduction to this genre. I thought the event was interesting—gruesome, but the story kept me invested. The storyline was well-structured and I liked the writing. It was a fascinating book for sure!

#bookishbingo: True crime

marleed This was the only TC book I‘d read, but now I have a TBR collection of his work. I read The historical fiction Swans of Fifth Avenue and I‘ve become completely intrigued with the real life people behind the characters. 8mo
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EmilieGR
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Horrifying magic

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Found this gem at ‘The Old Book Barn‘ in Forsyth, Illinois, can‘t wait to dig in!

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While True Crime isn‘t my thing, I can definitely see why this is a popular title. Capote makes the story real, and not just a listing of facts. However, I was a bit bored, and when listening to the audio, I fell asleep a bit 🤭

#MarchMadnessChallenge - substitute for I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark.

BarbaraBB Oh too bad it‘s just a so-so for you. I remember reading it and being really sucked into the storytelling (not on audio though). 9mo
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