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In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Truman Capote--also available are "Breakfast at Tiffany's "and" Other Voices, Other Rooms "(in one volume), " Portraits and Observations, "and "The Complete Stories" Truman Capote's masterpiece, "In Cold Blood, "created a sensation when it was first published, serially, in "The New Yorker" in 1965. The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959, is the seminal work of the "new journalism." Perry Smith is one of the great dark characters of American literature, full of contradictory emotions. "I thought he was a very nice gentleman," he says of Herb Clutter. "Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat." Told in chapters that alternate between the Clutter household and the approach of Smith and Hickock in their black Chevrolet, then between the investigation of the case and the killers' flight, Capote's account is so detailed that the reader comes to feel almost like a participant in the events.
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Andrea4
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Bailedbailed

I could have powered through finally but really I just didn't want to. And this isn't the first time this hold has come in. So I give up. Because obviously I did not find this captivating enough to finish.

Sharpeipup I‘m struggling with it too. A friend‘s daughter is reading it for school and asked me for help but I do not enjoy his writing style. 2mo
Andrea4 @Sharpeipup I totally fell in love with his writing with his short stories but this...I don't know, I think it just dragged too much for me. 2mo
FantasyChick I have this one but I don't think I've ever picked it up. 2mo
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Sharpeipup
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Picked up so many good books during my recent #libraryhaul that I had to sort them by due date to answer the question “what should I read first?“

Does anyone else do this?

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Cathythoughts
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Thanks for the tag @TheNeverendingTBR 👍🏻

1. The tagged book had a huge impact on me when I first read it. I saw people/ the world differently

2. Yes , I will wear something green , and watch the parades , and raise a glass 👍🏻💚

I tag all who would like to join in.. #TwoforTuesday

TheNeverendingTBR I've had this for years and I've not read it, I keep putting it off. 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💚🍀🍺 2mo
youneverarrived Such a powerful book. I‘d love to re-read it. 2mo
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Cazxxx
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Reading this for the second time. What are you reading today?

SRWCF I am reading 2mo
Cazxxx @SRWCF Love Peter Pan! 2mo
SRWCF @Cazxxx I think this is the first time I've ever read it. 🤔 2mo
Cazxxx @SRWCF I hope you‘re enjoying it 2mo
SRWCF @Cazxxx I am! I think Mr. and Mrs. Darling are such hilarious characters. They are so damn emotional! ? I keep saying to myself, "These two are the parents?!" 2mo
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inthegreensandblues
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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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klu13
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Mehso-so

First true crime

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Andrea4
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Been MIA lately with tarot studies and Christmas BUT since we got this little guy (Jasper), I feel I may be back to listening to many audiobooks as I try to balance my own running workouts with the multiple long walks a day this dude needs! I can't wait for the day when I have a running buddy!
Currently, listening to In Cold Blood (so festive, I know 🤪).

Soubhiville Aw cutie. Congratulations! 4mo
Tamra Adorbs! 4mo
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Andrea4 @Soubhiville @tamra @Gissy thanks guys, he is pretty cute 4mo
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 133.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

Cathythoughts Great book 👍🏻interesting cover (edited) 5mo
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Annie1215
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We are coming to the end of October (already?!) and the end of this awesome book.

The way Perry is written, there are time I found my self feeling bad for him despite the horrors of his character.

Can you think of a time you‘ve had conflicting feelings, intended in the writing or not, for a character that is, or implied to be, evil or the villain?

#thatsclassic

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The audiobook wasn't available yet so I didn't get around to this one. I might add it to my 2022 roster if it fits a challenge. 6mo
Annie1215 I was disappointed and surprised the audiobook wasn‘t available through the library! @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick (edited) 6mo
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Annie1215
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Hey there #thatsclassic readers! Time for another check in.

I really loved this book and honestly felt like I was reading a purely fictional story. The way it was written really took me out of it feeling clinical. Did you feel this way?

This officially ranks high in my true crime reads. What are some of your favorite true crime stories? Some of mine are Columbine and American Predator.

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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

I really enjoy true crime, but I get scared easily so don‘t partake often 🤣
I chose to listen to this one on audio for #ThatsClassic during my commute and it was so good! The narrator was amazing, and the book itself riveting. From the discovery of the crime through to the search for clues, the arrest and the time in prison, it really covered all bases. And actually, I found it more sad than scary… great pick!

EvieBee I really enjoyed this one, too. It also really scared me. The sheer waste of it all. 7mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 7mo
bthegood I found the way Capote laid out the story - a butterfly effect - if one thing had changed early on - it would have meant no crime. This is one of the scariest books I've read - due to way it is written and based on true story. 7mo
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Annie1215
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Pickpick

I loved this! I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading it.

It takes great artistry to be able to paint a character as a villain and sympathetic at the same time.

So worth the read!
#thatsclassic #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
AmyG Such a great book. Got me hooked on true crime. 7mo
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Annie1215
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Checking in: #thatsclassic

As I‘ve been working through part one I‘m struck by the presence of the rural setting. In some ways it feels like it‘s own character in the story.

This makes me think of other stories where the setting is so prominent. The first thing I think of is Great Gatsby and the distinction of East/West Egg.

What are your thoughts on this? Any books where the location is key to the story?

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ravenlee
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Pickpick

Just finished for #thatsclassic - one I‘ve been meaning to read for ages. The writing is incredible, and now I need to read more Capote. I may also need to reread Furious Hours for Harper Lee‘s involvement because the introduction left her out completely 😡. Hard to read because of the subject matter and yet compelling all the same. Thanks @Annie1215 for a good pick!

(Notice the tail; the cat is sitting on my chest to “help”)

KCofKaysville This book strongly influenced me when I was about 18 or so. It was a tragic story. I've seen the old movie again about a year ago and it holds up too. @ravenlee 7mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I had to really look closely to find the kitty tail. They‘re providing emotional support through a “scary” thing you‘re experiencing. Animals are intuitive like that 😻 7mo
ravenlee @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 that must be why he kept trying to sit on my cheek/shoulder - he was trying to shield me from the ugly truth! 😆 Doesn‘t explain why he does that the rest of the time, though… 7mo
Chrissyreadit I loved this book! It was most likely my first experience with true crime. 7mo
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ravenlee
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My goals for #AnyWayYouReadathon are pretty modest: finish the tagged book (it‘s so good but I feel like I‘m just not making progress), keep up with Hood Feminism, maybe start another read (likely Small Spaces or Ophie‘s Ghosts). Family stuff happening tomorrow so who knows if I‘ll get any reading time.
#thatsclassic #SheSaid #MGBuddyRead
@kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl

Eggbeater Glad you're joining us. 7mo
kimmypete1 Thanks for joining us! 7mo
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reading_rainbow
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#ThatsClassic October pick is a good one! It just arrived today, I‘ve always wanted to read this one, very excited ☠️🧡

Annie1215 I can‘t wait to start it! 7mo
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Annie1215
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Time for spooky season #thatsclassic friends!

We‘re kicking off In Cold Blood today. This has been on my TBR for YEARSSSS and I‘m thrilled to finally get to it.

Who is joining this month?

ravenlee I‘m in! 8mo
bthegood I've read it, will reread if #Scarathlon2021 books get read first, I did love it. 7mo
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staci.reads It's so good. Enjoy! 7mo
Bookworm54 I got this months book on audio ☺️ 7mo
eeclayton I'm going to sit this one out, as I've read it. It's a great book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. 7mo
Ephemera Outstanding book. After you read this, read Columbine. 7mo
Annie1215 @Ephemera that‘s one of my favorites (feels odd to say) it‘s just so magnificently written! 7mo
jb72 I really hope to fit this one this month. 7mo
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Loreen
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#bannedbooksweek2021 continues! This book has been challenged due to #violence #sexualcontent #obscenelanguage. #readbannedbooks kids!

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Annie1215
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A reminder as September comes to a close…

We are reading In Cold Blood for #thatsclassic in October.

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anushareading
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Pickpick

It was an interesting book albeit dry and lengthy at times, but good for true crime lovers. Full review on my blog www.anushareflects.com

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jpj7474
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Captivating. In my personal HOF.

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Q84
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This is not complete but heres the time spent on it yesterday for #20in4 #readathon
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 9mo
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Q84
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Starting this audiobook for #20in4 #readathon

Tamra I‘ve never read this, but I keep meaning to! 9mo
SweetP1967 This is a great book…one of my all time favorites! Hope you enjoy it! 9mo
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Runner5ive
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Pickpick

Read this for #BookClub. Really enjoyed it, even if true crime is not my thing (and you‘d think it would be, as I‘m studying law). Loved how the story humanised all the characters in a murder that otherwise would just be forgotten to history. Classic.

Cathythoughts Excellent review!! Great book 10mo
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TH3F4LC0N
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Mehso-so

Finished In Cold Blood. It was alright. A tad underwhelming. The writing was kind of shockingly plain. The early portion of the book which detailed the lives of the victims was necessary but ultimately failed to create any real empathy. The psychological profiles of Smith & Hickock were excellent though. It kinda dissolved into nothing by the end & there were loads of characters I couldn‘t keep straight. Pretty good book, but all tell & no show.

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TH3F4LC0N
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Now reading. My first Capote. Pretty good so far. A little dry in places, but the sequences with the killers are fairly riveting. The writing is a little too convoluted for my tastes; (one sentence had 10 commas in it!!! And more semicolons than I‘ve ever seen!) But on the whole, it‘s a pretty good book. 🤓

Cathythoughts One of my favorites! I hope it continues to go well for you 11mo
TH3F4LC0N Thnx! I actually own a copy of Other Voices, Other Rooms too, so I‘m hoping I end up liking In Cold Blood enough to dive right into that one! 11mo
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Meredeez88
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Just bought both, cannot decide which to read first....help!! 🙏🤷‍♀️📚

Johanna414 I love the Sherlock Holmes stories! 13mo
BarbaraBB I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ In Cold Blood! 13mo
Cathythoughts In Cold Blood is excellent ❤️ 13mo
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CarolineLovesToRead
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Pickpick

I love the way this book was written. What a senseless crime. Looking forward to reading more of Capote‘s work and more true crime. Thanks @Reviewsbylola for the recommendation.

Reviewsbylola It really was so senseless. I love the backstory too, about how Truman immersed himself in the case and actually befriended the killers. 13mo
CarolineLovesToRead @Reviewsbylola I had no idea about the backstory until reading it. Thanks again. Helter Skelter is next. 13mo
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Lizpixie
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1. The hubby sometimes gets frustrated with the money & the amount of books I have(the sweetie is under the silly impression I have enough books!)but he loves that I‘m a reader even though he isn‘t.
2. All my kids are readers & my grandkids are showing signs. Plus my dad is where I get it from!
3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I love true crime but have never read that, though I do own it🤷🏻‍♀️
#WondrousWednesday

Enchanted_Bibliophile I also need to read that one sometime in the near future...😳 14mo
Eggs # 3.....😳😱 I don‘t think I can do it...Thanks for joining in 🌺🌼 14mo
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Bibliophile_89
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Excited to move this off my TBR list. 🕵🏻‍♂️#truecrime

Smrloomis Welcome to Litsy! 🥳 1y
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tricours
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Pickpick

I‘ve probably read too many modern true crime books to really appreciate this classic. And for whatever reason I could not keep the two perpetrators apart, which probably ruined the “story” quite a bit for me. Still a pick though!

Random pic of Walter just to spruce this up a bit.

Caroline2 What a beautiful doggy! 🥰 1y
LibrarianRyan Baby!!!!!!!!!!!! 1y
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saritaroth
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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.”

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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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Panpan

So boring! I actually zoned out for part of it I was so bored, I finished it only because it's supposed to be a great classic!

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Morr_Books
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Didnt read as much as I wanted to over my break, as I got distracted with Christmas movies, shopping online and Christmas decorating - basically all things Christmas. I did manage to finish the 3 books i wanted to, including the tagged book. Glad I could join the #feastmode readathon! @Hestapleton

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Bookwormjillk
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Pre-dawn books and breakfast. I started this book for #Scarathlon2020 hoping to finish before #WinterGames2020

kspenmoll Looks delicious!!! 1y
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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

I liked this less than I was expecting, probably because it‘s such a highly hyped book maybe I was never going to enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I liked the central story, but it felt rambling and too long in places, and I found Truman Capote‘s writing style overblown and purple prose-y sometimes. I don‘t mind that as much for his fiction but I didn‘t love it here.

#nfn2020 @Clwojick +20

Clwojick It‘s so hyped! It‘s on my list, but not far up there lol 1y
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Monnntannnya
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Mehso-so

I really struggled to get through this one and it wasn‘t for the right reasons. I just couldn‘t ever get into this book. I usually enjoy true crime books but this one just didn‘t hit the mark for me

Sace This is one that I should want to read (true crime) but I've never read it and can't seem to talk myself into trying it 2y
Monnntannnya I went through the same thing! It took some stubbornness to get all the way through for me but hopefully if/when you decide to read it you enjoy it more 2y
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rubyslippersreads Great photo! 2y
sgoffe One of my favorites! 2y
OriginalCyn620 Good choice! 2y
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MrBook
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Anna40 😂😂😂 this is hilarious 2y
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hisgirlfreitag
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my sister salvaged this copy of in cold blood (along with james joyce's ulysses and the collected poems of carol ann duffy) after they were put on display for perusal at the library of necessary books for an exhibition

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BookishBelle
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1. In college, my sister and I stayed in a basement apartment while the house above was being renovated. In the middle of the night, I was awakened by a loud constant noise from the kitchen. The blender had turned itself on. Scared the bejeezus out of us!
2. That my sweet fiancé loves me even when I‘m not at my best. ?

#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

Cosmos_Moon 😳 the blender just turned on!!! That is so weird and freaky! # 2 is so sweet 💜 love is wonderful! 2y
BookishBelle @Cosmos_Moon It just turned on! By itself! In the middle of the night! 💜 Love is wonderful! 💜 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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Some favorite horror reads, and my Halloween aesthetic
Celebrating my favorite season in real life and Litsy.
#mostwonderfultimeoftheyear #hauntedhollowswap #allhallowsreadswap

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻🎃🖤🧡☠️ 2y
monalyisha Love the background image you chose! Foggy woods = A++! 💯 2y
GreenGrl87 I love these!! 2y
Avanders 🎃🖤🧡💛🎃 love it!! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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#3Books based on true stories that I love...

Alias Grace and Burial Rites are both based on true stories I‘d not heard of previously involving women accused of crimes. They aren‘t similar at all beyond that, though.

In Cold Blood was the first true crime book I ever read, and I‘ve not forgotten about it.

mcctrish I need to read In Cold Blood ( the other 2 I have read and really liked and you are right, they are VERY different ) 2y
Ruthiella Alias Grace! Why couldn‘t I think of it? Such a great book. 😀 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled All three of these are magnificent- great choices! 2y
Laughterhp I really need to read Burial Rites. I‘ve had the book on my shelf for too long! 2y
Jennifer3 I loved Burial Rites! Need to check out these other two. 2y
Cathythoughts I‘ve never forgotten In Cold Blood either... so good 2y
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Susanita
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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BGam
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Pickpick

It‘s true that every human being is treading a very thin line between sanity and insanity. This book studies the dangerously deep hollow pit that a mind is capable of diving into. Truly, a human mind is a man‘s most complex and inscrutable organ. I enjoyed reading the psychological analysis of Perry and Dick. I m totally against Capital punishment. They should have been rehabilitated as is supposed to be done in any civilised social structure.

BGam Amazing that this book also emphasised a lot on the subject of mental health at that time (in the early 60‘s) which is a subject garnering a lot of attention during present time. 2y
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BGam
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It‘s true that every human being is treading a very thin line between sanity and insanity. This book studies the dangerously deep hollow pit that a mind is capable of diving into. Truly, a human mind is a man‘s most complex and inscrutable organ. I enjoyed reading the psychological analysis of Perry and Dick. I m totally against Capital punishment. They should have been rehabilitated as is supposed to be done in any civilised social structure.

Lucy_Anywhere I liked this book - enjoy! 2y
BGam @Lucy_Anywhere thanks 😊 2y
starlight97 great book! 2y
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Scochrane26 This is really good, & I‘m not usually a fan of true crime. 2y
BGam Happy to hear this... m almost 20% done of the book.. it‘s a gripping tale 2y
toofondofbooks I dont read true crime but this one is excellent. 2y
BGam @toofondofbooks Great.. all the more eager now 2y
BGam @Scochrane26 awesome! 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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Capote was the first to #conflate reality and fiction, creating a new genre, the nonfiction novel. I still need to read this! And a fun fact - Capote‘s good friend Harper Lee assisted him with the research for this book!
#beautifulwords

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚👏🏻👍🏻 2y
Crazeedi This was one of the first true crime books I read 2y
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tata_buug
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"The graves of the Clutter family, four graves gathered under a single gray stone, lie in a far corner of the cemetery—beyond the trees, out in the sun, almost at the wheat field‘s bright edge."
#booksinquarantine

A book picked up thanks to a rabbit trail off of my #readingallthingslauraingallswilder as I plan my Laura Ingalls Wilder roadtrip.

kspenmoll Oh I am jealous! Enjoy your Laura Ingalls road trip@& please post when you go. 2y
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