Happy Monday Litsy! Hope everyone had a great weekend. 😁
I've got a new #Top6List this morning, non-violent true crime! One of my biggest surprises when I came to work at the library was the popularity of the true crime genre. These are true crime books for people like me who can't stand all the murder and gore! They follow crimes that are often twisty, dark, and devious, but rarely get anyone killed. Enjoy!
#LibraryBooks #RA #TrueCrime
“They believed, based on anecdotal evidence and prurient wishful thinking, that fires were set by young peasant women...In time, scientists began realizing that all women got periods, not just peasants and not just arsonists, and so perhaps a better explanation was needed to explain arson.”
(This is good writing, folks)
American Fire is a highly engaging true crime narrative. It was refreshing to read about a crime that isn't murder, in this much depth. In this book, Hesse does what I love most in investigative journalism, she does just tell the story of what happened, but locates this crime in a place, a community, and a time, which plays such a significant role in our understanding of how and why these things happen. #readharder2019
Intriguing #truecrime. Who knew arson could fix relationships?
⭐️⭐️⭐️: Non Fiction about a messed up love story, erectile dysfunction and arson.
This was a great choice for a #BOTMchallenge reread. I fully blame @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola and @emilyhaldi for my newfound true crime addiction!
C‘mon please Accommack County, #gimmeshelter! So many old, deserted places were burned down by Charlie and Tonya, including the Whispering Pines resort, pictured. It‘s great that no one died, but I really feel for the volunteer firefighters called out night after night during the arson spree. 4⭐️
#ThrowbackSaturday #HowFarIllGo #botmchallenge #MayMovieMagic
Oh, Emily, Steph, and Lauren, look what I checked out!! This one of my favorite nonfictions from 2017!
The prompt works because of how far we went reading all 60 #botm back then. It was fun. 😁👍🏻😁 Also, how far will these arsonists go! Six fires in one night with only volunteer fire departments. Just the whole story is crazy!
“To talk about arson is to talk about buildings burning down. To talk about the term ‘pyromania‘ is really to talk about the unfathomable mysteries of the human brain and the human heart: Why do we do things? Why do we want things? What moves us, and stirs us, and why are some people moved by the things that the rest of us find inexplicable or abhorrent?”
Favorite time of year in the Midwest.
Almost done with this book. As someone who lives in a small town, sooo much of the book rings true for how small town politics and talk work.
My view after doing eight hours of yardwork. Been good for listening to audiobooks though! Making good progress in this one and loving it so far.
Above all this book for me was look into vanishing American rural communities. It is depressing. The hopeless situation and the couple portrayed, the arsonists who set fire to more than 60 of the 100s of abandoned houses there. Their personal situation seemed about as depressing and hopeless as that of the county they lived in. And then that Tonya.. such a manupulative woman...
Thanks for sending me this one Cindy 😘
Thank you Eurostar for whisking me off to Paris ( faster than it took to go to Leeds last week! ) and my new favourite bookstore - Shakespeare & Co! I was very restrained ( Mr K was getting fidgety!) and just got 2 books... but now I know how easy and quick it is to get there.....🤣 #bookhaul
"The kind of love that is vaguely crazy and then completely crazy and then collapses in on itself in a way that leaves the participants bewildered and telling very different stories about what actually happened." In this instance the stories shared one essential truth: When this string of fires began, the defendants were in love. By the time they finished, they weren't. " LOVE IT Already
This has been on my TBR pile from Book Drop since Aug 2018 finally muddled my way through. The book is about the arson fires 🔥 that occurred from Nov 2012 - April 2013 in Accomack County Virginia. It takes you through the fires to the investigations and finally catching the arsonists and bringing them to court for justice.
#24B4Monday - my top picks while I ignore the TBR pile of professional development books on my table!
This was a fascinating look into a rural agricultural community and the five month arson spree that kicked off in November 2012. The arsonists, revealed very early on, are not the full focus of the book, but rather the series of circumstances that left the county in its current state and how that lead, in ways large and small, to the arsons.
In some ways, this book covers a #BoulevardOfBrokenDreams . An economically deprived community, a community whose popularity from decades ago is still present in the decaying buildings. I liked this book more for the picture of the community rather than the arsonist angle. But, still a compelling read. #MusicalNewYear
What a story! I‘m about 75% of the way through the audiobook after a long day trip in the car and I‘m totally engrossed in the narrative of a serial arsonist in a shrinking rural community. The “who” is revealed very early but the why‘s are plentiful and fascinating.
I had to switch to audio so I could do other things just to get through this book. I didn‘t care for the author‘s writing style, but I did like the way she formatted the story, alternating between history of the county and the arsonists. Much of the tawdry tale made me rage-y, so kudos to the author for accomplishing that. I guess my issue is less the book than the actual crime/criminals which leave me wanting a hot shower to wash the stink off.
#24B42019 check in. I haven‘t finished anything today, but thanks in part to Hoopla, I‘ve made progress in my book club read and this fabulous short story collection. It‘s after midnight in my neck of the woods, so I‘m calling it a night and headed for bed now. 😴😴
Struggling with this book, but discovered Hoopla has it on audio, so I‘m going to attempt to make some headway in it while doing #audiocrochet and testing out my new yarn bowl. I‘m so far behind on my #temperatureafghan, it‘s not even funny. 😔
Duh. So far, this whole chapter on the research into arson and the psychology of arsonists is just making my blood boil - what a bunch of misogynistic fiddlefaddle. 🤬
Really enjoyed this nonfiction story about a string of arsons committed in a small town. The method of storytelling was interesting bc the author revealed the culprits in the first chapter and then proceeded to tell parallel narratives of the guilty parties and the fire fighters/law enforcement involved until they finally converged when the guilty parties were caught. A little simplistically written, but that fit the themes of the book.
I love reading by the light of a Christmas tree🎄
It's starting to snow and I'm bundled up for the night with a great book (s) and the Kidding marathon playing in the background.
This book is so well done and I'm enjoying every page. Thanks again @fourxblessed for this new discovery!
My favorite quote from this book so far!! (Really good read by the way).
I'm not sure if this is hysterical or terrifying? Either way, best watch out men. Never know what the unpredictability of female biology might make us do!! 😂
Good luck to all who are participating in 24 before Monday.
This book is a well written one (author is employed by Washington Post) about a series of fires that taxed a rural community‘s resources until the perpetrators were found. So it‘s true crime, for sure, but so much more than that. I highly recommend it.
Woops. Meant to take a break and ended up napping for four hours! Back at it with Mizzou playing in the background. #deweysreadathon
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