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That was a quick but depressing trip through a triple homicide in small town Victoria. In October 2014, Ian Jamieson stabbed his neighbor to death with a hunting knife before taking two shotguns & murdering the mans mother & stepfather. At first it seems like the sympathy was with the killer, before the author discovers a much more complicated story. The why is still unanswered. #NonFiction2019 #SomethingWithADeath #ReadHarder2019 #ByAJournalist

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds dark and troubling and oddly fascinating.🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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#nonfiction2019 #somethingwithadeath

I just adore Sy Montgomery! Her love of animals just makes me smile.

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This should tackle the "something with a death".
I thought I would have liked this better than I did owing to the subject matter. But unfortunately I found some parts of this a bit dull. ?

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Added 2 more to my Nonfiction Bingo card this May.

The World Without Us, as #SomethingWithADeath, in this case the death of humans


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, as #SomethingByAPOC


Riveted_Reader_Melissa @mreads I waited for it a long time too, but I thought it was worth the wait! 8mo
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Good lord, yes. I *loved* this book. Crazy characters, beautiful Savannah, murder and mystery - and it‘s all (mostly) true. Midnight is a true page turner. But be warned. The end leaves you wanting more of the Hostess City - so much more I‘m considering a weekend getaway! #nonfiction2019 #somethingwithadeath @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Kappadeemom One of my “go-to” recommends since I live in Georgia ❤️ 9mo
Drocchio03 It‘s fabulous. I‘ve been to Savannah once, briefly, on business. I‘m very seriously considering a weekend trip down to fully enjoy the city. 9mo
Zelma I loved this book too. Just stay away from the movie. It‘s pretty bad, imho. 9mo
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jb72 Love this book! 9mo
Drocchio03 @Zelma I saw on Rotten Tomatoes - but I don‘t think I‘ll be able to resist. And I love John Cusack. 9mo
Drocchio03 @Zelma I didn‘t heed your advice. “Pretty bad” is being pretty generous. That movie is awful. Painfully awful! (edited) 9mo
Zelma @Drocchio03 😂 well, at least it only wasted about 2 hours of your life! 9mo
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Marley & Me | John Grogan
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Johnstown Flood | David McCullough
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Amazingly, this is my least favorite of McCullough‘s books I‘ve read, but it‘s still good - the beginning didn‘t completely capture me. But, McCullough verbally paints a picture of horror and fear and devastation that is shocking. It‘s a testament to the power of nature, as well as arguably the power of greed. Recommended. Finished for #JohnstownRead and this also fits (sadly) #SomethingWithADeath for #Nonfiction2019 .

howjessreads I never finished this one. Listened to about half on audio (while pregnant and hormonal), and cried so much driving to work one day that I had to pull over because I couldn‘t see. 😭😭 Maybe now I‘m brave enough to reattempt. 😜 11mo
Kaye Great review. 11mo
Librarybelle @howjessreads It is a hard read. Some of the documented stories are almost too unreal. 11mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @kaye ! 11mo
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The main point of this book is a Western relations to the death and corpses. How estranged we are from the process of grieving, because of the funeral industry. Author shows us a different practices/ritual in the world and possible alternatives, such as green burial - decomposing in the forest. Interesting and fascinating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Nonfiction2019 #SomethingWithADeath

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That does sound very interesting! 12mo
Simona Very interesting @Riveted_Reader_Melissa especially from a Christian POV. 12mo
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#nonfiction2019 #somethingwithadeath - A classic in the true-crime genre, written in 1965. It‘s an Incredibly detailed book, that goes deep into backstories and psyche of the two murderers. This had been on my TBR since 2017 so very happy to have finally read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crazeedi It was a scary good book when I read it in the 70s. I don't know that I've like a lot of Capotes writing but he definitely got this book right 12mo
AnneFindsJoy @Crazeedi this was my first Capote read! He did insane amounts of research for this and he was definitely ahead of his time for how true-crime could be written! 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Crazeedi @AnneFindsJoy I read that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, helped him with a lot of his research and writing with this book. I‘ve always wondered how much of her is in it. 12mo
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Crazeedi @Riveted_Reader_Melissa hmm didn't know that, very interesting! 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Crazeedi You are very welcome. 12mo
Megabooks Wow! You‘re doing really well on the bingo! I don‘t read much true crime. You really make me want to pick this up. 12mo
AnneFindsJoy @Megabooks thanks! I❤️nonfiction :) this book reads a lot like a novel with all the focus on getting to know the characters and the various fates that await them. 12mo
Megabooks @AnneFindsJoy I 💜 nonfiction too! I‘ve read nine books this year and seven were nonfiction! Right now I‘m reading two more - Steve Jobs‘s daughter‘s memoir and 12mo
AnneFindsJoy @Megabooks ooh that looks like a cool read, adding! And I‘ve got Small Fry on my TBR too! 📚💕🙌 12mo
Cathythoughts Tagged book ! One of my all time faves 👍🏻 12mo
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Written in Blood | Diane Fanning
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For all my reading and watching (this book & the 13 episodes of The Staircase plus covering the pre-trial for The Chronicle & watching Court TV), I still don‘t know if he murdered Kathleen or Liz or both. I have reasonable doubt, therefore, I wouldn‘t convict. But the people I feel most sorry for are Margaret & Martha Ratliff. They‘ve lost so much.

The writing in the book is mediocre and one sided. Lots of cheesy phrases like the one above. 3⭐️

Megabooks @EadieB @Librarybelle @jillannjohn @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch I think I‘m forgetting someone! Feel free to tag. 13mo
emilyhaldi Oof!! That sentence 😝 13mo
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sk888888 Interesting review. May still read this one, but it‘s not a high priority for me. 13mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi Right?!? 🙄🙄 13mo
Megabooks @sk888888 Yes, I wouldn‘t make it a priority. Her best work was looking into the major players backgrounds - Mike, Kathleen, the 5 kids, ex-spouses, siblings, etc. I enjoyed that most. 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl Outstanding review! 13mo
Megabooks @CoverToCoverGirl Thank you!! 😊 13mo
jillannjohn There were quite a few laugh out loud cheesy sentences but overall I enjoyed this. I think the author favored the prosecution but I still think he did it. I went into it not knowing anything and it‘s a fascinating case. 13mo
Megabooks @jillannjohn I think the book and The Staircase are so diametrically opposed because of which extended family they had access to. The prosecution was in the first couple of Staircase episodes, but they smartly realized they had nothing to gain by continuing to film. When Fanning went to write the book, I‘m sure Kathleen and Liz‘s circles were glad to get their side out since this book seems to be from the time of the original 8 Staircase 👇🏻 13mo
Megabooks @jillannjohn episodes on the Sundance Channel. Like I said, I have reasonable doubt, but I wouldn‘t want to be around him anymore than I already have. Count his sons in that too! 13mo
Cinfhen I agree with your entire assessment including reasonable doubt after watching The Staircase. However my gut tells me this guy is guilty. I can‘t get pass two dead women at the bottom of a staircase with ALL THAT BLOOD and in both cases NO FRACTURED bones!?!?!!? 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Yeah, and I know he has a temper. I wouldn‘t want to meet him in person again. (Same with Todd and Clayton) Kathleen was too good for them. But there‘s that damned reasonable doubt. That‘s why you get the big attorney. And then there‘s Tom Maher, who joined The Innocence Project after the case. I really think he thinks Mike‘s innocent, and that means more to me than a million words from Rudolph. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Cinfhen I hear you on that!!! I think the real tragedy is Caitlin - she lost that entire support system on top of her mom‘s death being so sensationalized 😔 and her aunt Candace doesn‘t strike me as being emotionally stable. 13mo
Cinfhen Also, something went on between Michael & Liz ... definitely an intimate relationship 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m shocked how Patty, Martha & Margaret stood beside him for ALL THOSE YEARS!!!! 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I feel terrible for Caitlin, and I can‘t stand Candace. That woman has a screw loose. But I feel Caitlin had more support than Margaret and Martha and a more stable childhood. It‘s not a contest but a three girls bore the worst of it!! I‘m sure Mike screwed around with women and men in both marriages. To what extent both wives knew or cared, we‘ll never know. He‘s just not a trustworthy person in any case. 👇🏻 (edited) 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen It‘s weird though, because there were many letters of support from some of the most prominent people in Durham and NC for his bail hearing. I went to the courthouse and read them when I was covering it. At least 50-60. Of course he had less support as time went on. (edited) 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Patty just seems like an odd duck to me. I‘ve never been able to figure her out. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Cinfhen I definitely think his defense put up a good case but after watching all those episodes he still came across as disingenuous. I don‘t think he‘s a stand up guy. 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen He‘s for sure a jerk! Entitled as well. 13mo
Mdargusch That quote- 😳 13mo
Megabooks @Mdargusch Occasionally she‘d pull a phrase like that, and I‘d just roll my eyes and read on. 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
Reviewsbylola That quote is awful!! All the eye rolls. 13mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Yes! That was the first chapter, I think, and I thought Lordy, what am I in for!! 😂🙄😂🙄😂 13mo
Reviewsbylola I request tons of true crime and memoirs on netgalley and I feel like half of them are written like that. And I never know how to review that other than to say the story was good, but the actual writing was utter shit. 😂😆😬 13mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I can believe it. 😂😂 13mo
MidnightBookGirl That is a terrible line! Also, it's a bit condensing to EMS workers. Like they can't be quietly rich and roll up to their mansions and pools. 13mo
Megabooks @MidnightBookGirl Yes! As my mom says, life is long. You never know how things will end up. My aunt and uncle were both high school teachers. They saved and continued their education and got promoted to administration. Now in their 70s, they own two homes and travel the world. 🤷🏻‍♀️😊 13mo
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