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The Trial of Lizzie Borden
The Trial of Lizzie Borden | Cara Robertson
The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology—the trial of Lizzie Borden—based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple’s younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone—rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople—had an opinion about Lizzie Borden’s guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn’t she? The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden’s culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.
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readtheworld
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Mehso-so

I learned a lot from this book, but didn‘t love the audio narration or the pacing. It‘s a bit too long-winded and repetitive for what I expect from true crime.

#truecrime #nonfiction #audiobook #24in48 #readathon #massachusetts

MysticRaven03 I‘m in the process of reading this one right now and it‘s taking me foreverrrrrr pretty much for the same reasons. 2d
readtheworld @MysticRaven03 Yup, at times it‘s like reading a trial transcript. Skip to the important parts, already! 2d
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readtheworld
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Current #24in48 audiobook! I‘m late to the @24in48 hour 12 challenge, but since it‘s all about #audiobooks, I can‘t resist.

These days I get all my audiobooks through Libby, using two separate library systems (my smaller local one and the New York Public Library, which is free to join for all residents of the state). I listen to nonfiction almost exclusively, with the rare novel thrown in if I‘ve heard that it reads more like nonfiction.

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Samplergal
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Pickpick

Quite well researched, it describes the trial of Lizzie Borden and her ultimate acquittal. It continues to be one of the most fascinating unsolved cases. I liked it but I‘m a bit obsessed with the story. 😀4🌟

Texreader Great review 3w
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Samplergal
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I just got this off my library holds. Am I the only one that is distressed that the editing missed this???? Or is this a new take on ole Lizzie? 😉

wanderinglynn Well, she did kind of leave a trail of bodies. . . but in this case, someone didn‘t double check. 3w
BarbaraJean 😳😂 3w
Clare-Dragonfly 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
Theaelizabet Ugh. 3w
Lindy Last month in a different Overdrive audiobook, set in a courtroom, all the chapter listings referred to days of the trail instead of the trial. 🤨 3w
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Princess-Kingofkings
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This should make for an interesting commute to work.

Crazeedi I just got this from library! 4w
catiewithac I hope it‘s good 🤞🏼 4w
Princess-Kingofkings @catiewithac most of the reviews I've seen are not but I'll give it a try 4w
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Jen2
Pickpick

Pretty good. The narrator sounded like a robot sometimes.

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fandom_hellspawn99
Trial of Lizzie Borden | Cara Robertson
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I have literally made my mom, my little brother, and my boyfriend sign up so I have a chance at winning 🤣🤣🤣 is that a little obsessive?

Crazeedi Not at all!😉 1mo
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ravenlee
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Mehso-so

I was pretty disappointed in this, honestly. I learned a lot, as I started with the barest basics of the case, but there was a lot of repetition of insignificant information. If I had submitted a paper like this in college I would have been scolded for excessive quoting without analysis or creating any conclusions. I found the writing poor (ARC, so maybe some errors have been fixed for publication) and very little original thought.

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Kimzey
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Our book club host served homemade bloody-axe-murder red velvet cupcakes for our discussion of The Trial of Lizzie Borden! ❤️ Thanks, @kimgnix The group enjoyed the book. I haven‘t finished, so won‘t post my review yet.

Cinfhen So cute!!!! And they look delicious 😋 2mo
Kimzey @Cinfhen They were yummy! I brought one home, so...breakfast! 2mo
Cinfhen Win win!!! 2mo
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Velvetfur I love the little axe detail, they're so cute! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Those are perfect! 2mo
readordierachel Love it! 2mo
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TamaraH71
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Do I think she did it? Does it matter? Not really. What‘s interesting is how cool she is...not that she has to be hysterical but she‘s unnervingly composed and unaffected she is. Even when she found her father, she did not freak out. Wild!

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Simona
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Pickpick

Pillar of this book is a comprehensive research, and author didn‘t just dissect the trial into day to day events, but she also gave them the frame in interesting social study of this era. If you are looking for something more in true crime books, then this book is for you!

My today‘s first walk for #BFC After few days of ☔️ we have finally some ☀️.

BarbaraBB I have yet to read this, I promised myself after reading 2mo
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Kaye 💚 2mo
Bookwormjillk Great job! Enjoy the ☀️ 2mo
guinsgirlreads Yay! Looks gorgeous out! ☀️ 2mo
batsy A gorgeous day out with your fluffy friend, enjoy 💛 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds very good! Stacked! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Enjoy the nicer weather! ☀️ 🚶🏻‍♀️ 🐕 2mo
nu-bibliophile Beautiful view 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I was curious about See What I Have Done when was published, but then I somehow forgot about it ... it‘s back on my radar 😘 2mo
Simona @Bookwormjillk Thank you 😊 2mo
Simona @guinsgirlreads It is, I was so desperate because of the cold and rainy weather. 2mo
Simona Thank you @batsy My fluffy friend adores walking around, but she is so inpatient with posing. 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I liked it, and combining true crime, women‘s status in society and law could easily be too much ... but not in this book. A healthy dose of everything. 2mo
Simona @4thhouseontheleft Thank you ☺️ 2mo
Simona @nu-bibliophile My favorite route for mornings walks❣️ 2mo
Simona @wanderinglynn I‘m not a morning person, but I always enjoy in walks when the weather is nice. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s sounds like just the right mix for me and a great one for this story! 2mo
jillannjohn Looks beautiful! Love your walking companion. 2mo
TheSpineView What a great place to get some steps in! 2mo
Clwojick This book likes sooo good! 💙💜 2mo
kspenmoll Thanks for the review- your day looks beautiful! 2mo
Caterina Beautiful weather and pup! This books sounds good, thanks for the review! 2mo
dariazeoli Sunny days with furry friends. Perfect! 👏🏻 2mo
Simona @TheSpineView It is, I‘m very fortunate that I live in the place with many nice walking trails. 2mo
Simona @kspenmoll @Caterina I liked it very much, because it isn‘t ‘just‘ the true crime story. 2mo
Simona @dariazeoli Days like that are always perfect 😘 2mo
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bio_chem06
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Bailedbailed

I think I might have hyped myself up too much for this one. It was too dry for me. I found a lot of the details unnecessary for the story. Was hoping to get a little more info but unfortunately there wasn't anything new for me.

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Redjewel_7734
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Mehso-so

This is an interesting & thorough exploration of Lizzie Borden‘s trial-very even handed & without hyperbole. That is its strength & its weakness. It could of done with a shot of something. I appreciate the presentation of the facts; I just wish it hadn‘t felt so flat. I‘m not sure if the flatness is of the text itself or if the narration made it feel flatter. Definitely an interesting read, but not one I‘m excited about the way I hoped to be.

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Kristy_K
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Mehso-so

The Trial is Lizzie Borden is literally that: an almost ad nauseam account of her trial. At first it was interesting but after a while it became a bit cumbersome. I found many of the details, evidence, and trial oration a sign of the times.

In the end, I can‘t say whether or not Borden was actually innocent of these crimes. Everything was so skewed one way or the other that it was difficult to see the truth in it all.

⭐️⭐️💫

#netgalley #arc

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Preciouz29
Mehso-so

Not as engaging as you‘d think.

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CoffeeK8
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Mehso-so

While I did enjoy this book and found it really informative... parts felt repetitive. I listened to it as an audiobook and I wonder if I would have liked it better in paper.

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ravenlee
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Oh my goodness, that was fast! Thank you @Hooked_on_books it already arrived! It‘s going on my getting-too-tall-to-be-steady TBR stack.

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! I definitely have one of those stacks, too. 😂 3mo
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Mitch
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this - the 1st section recounts the lead up to the murders. Then we move onto the trial which really is fascinating- Robertson has done a fab job of piecing together the evidence to put us back in that courtroom. Never dry, yet never sensationalist - this book is a brilliant presentation of the facts set in the context of revealing the political landscape and bias of the age.

Cathythoughts Sounds great.. I loved 4mo
Mitch @Cathythoughts I have that on my shelf to read soon. I‘m pairing fiction and non fiction this month so thought they‘d make a good duo! 4mo
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DarcysMom
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Mehso-so
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Mitch
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Gotta love a work day that involves a long train journey - I should be on my laptop, but I need to read! It‘s still “work”, right? #bookishproblems

TrishB Always the reading! 4mo
JillR My commute has recently more than doubled in length. There‘s a big bit of me that hates it, but then another bit that is loving all the extra reading time! 4mo
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JulAnna
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Mehso-so

I listened to this on audio. Terrible narration, but good information. Interesting look at the time period and how the trial was conducted. No concrete answers here, though.

Kaye Good information. I‘ve been on the fence about whether to get this. I think I‘ll pass. I read some Audible reviews that also weren‘t impressed with the narrator. 4mo
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CoffeeK8
Trial of Lizzie Borden | Cara Robertson
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My plans for this evening!

olivia.ferz Cool wine glass! 4mo
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Mitch
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Maps and photos... my heart is singing! Good start to this months #onenonfictionamonth

Soubhiville Ha, what a fun bookmark 🤣 4mo
Eyelit That bookmark! 😻 4mo
readingjedi Awesome bookmark 🤣 4mo
LeahBergen 😘😘 4mo
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Mitch
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And then more, and more and more..! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

tracey38 Is that a tote? Love it! 4mo
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SarahMillerBooks
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Cara Robertson quoted me in The Trial of Lizzie Borden, AND she called The Borden Murders “elegant.” I‘m even in the index and bibliography! Please excuse me while I go die of nerd-vanity. 😍🤩

“This desire to see Lizzie Borden as a whole person rather than ‘a Halloween tchotchke,‘ as Sarah Miller puts it in her elegant 2016 young adult study of the Borden murders, informs recent imaginings of the story.”

Pamwurtzler Too cool! 4mo
LeahBergen I noticed you were in the bibliography! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Kaylamburson So awesome!! 4mo
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SarahMillerBooks
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LeahBergen I just bought this one. 👍🏻 4mo
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adnama82
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Pickpick

I LOVED this book. I‘m a confessed serial killer/true crime enthusiast, and this is one of the best retellings of the Lizzie Borden story I have ever read. It reads like a cross between a history book and a trashy magazine like the National Enquirer, and that‘s what makes it stand apart from other tellings of the Borden case. It‘s a must read!

Kaylamburson I had to reread your comment a couple times as I kept processing "I'm a confessed serial killer" without finishing the rest of the sentence ?? 4mo
adnama82 😂🤣😂 4mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

A fascinating narrative of the trial of Lizzie Borden drawn from source material, this book is anything but dry history. Robertson places the reader in the middle of things, using newspaper descriptions to put you in the courthouse and let you decide for yourself. I really enjoyed and personally feel the jury got it right.

LeahBergen Your photo! 😬😆😆 4mo
BarbaraBB Great pic 😂 4mo
Kimzey Love the photo! 🤣 2mo
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Grimscythe
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Hoping to get out of my reading slump. Please send good vibes. I‘m flaring up again and I just broke up with my toxic boyfriend.

Velvetfur Sorry to hear about the breakup but seeing as he was toxic then I'm happy for you, good for you being strong enough to leave xxx 4mo
Dragon Positive energy heading your way 🤗💚🍀 4mo
jmtrivera 💜 4mo
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Bertha_Mason Good for you! He doesn't deserve you. 4mo
dragondrool Sending a plethora and a googob of good vibes! 4mo
AnansiGirl ✨✨✨Sending buckets of good vibes your way. ✨✨✨ 4mo
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Morr_Books
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Pickpick

Surprisingly I knew nothing of the Borden murders or the trial of Lizzie Borden, so this was a great read for me. The author did a fantastic job of really helping you experience the riveting courtroom drama. This was a well-written and fascinating true crime story. Full review here: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/book-review-the-trial-of...

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Librarybelle
Mehso-so

Robertson does her homework and then some in this book, providing a lot of detail about the murders and the Borden trial. This is a much more academic writing style than a narrative nonfiction style. Nothing new presented in this, but I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read about Lizzie Borden and the trial specifically. Thanks to #NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for an ARC. Part of #ARCMadDash

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Librarybelle
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#SebastianKitty is helping me read about Lizzie Borden this morning. #catsoflitsy

Erofan 😻💕 4mo
MallenNC How is the book? The author is doing at reading here on Thursday and I‘m thinking of going. 4mo
LaraReads What a sweet helper! 😻 4mo
Librarybelle @MallenNC It‘s okay so far...I‘m about a third of the way through. She has definitely done a lot of research, and she breaks everything down to each specific day, so a lot of detail that isn‘t covered in every other book about the murders. But, it‘s more a recitation if facts than a narrative of everything. So far a three star rating for me. She is extremely knowledgeable, so definitely go see her if you can! 4mo
MallenNC @Librarybelle Thanks that‘s very helpful. It‘s a busy week for me but I‘m going to try to go. 4mo
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Librarybelle
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Starting this ARC for #ARCMadDash , despite the fact that I should be reading other books right now...

Lauram I can completely identify! 5mo
MellieAntoinette Totally get it! 5mo
Samplergal Guilty. 5mo
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rather_be_reading
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Book 38 of 2019
#netgalley #ebook

Great book!! I definitely learned alot.

Siri_reads Sounds very interesting! Saw the movie Lizzie with Chloë Sevigny last year. I recommend the movie ? 5mo
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bg_reads
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I won something, folks! I actually won something!
1. This cover is beautiful in person! It even has texture!
2. I originally put in for this giveaway because my sister-in-law is so interested in Borden, that I figured I could share it with her if I won!
3. I hope I don't get nightmares!
Has anyone read anything by this author before?

Dragon Congratulations on your win ! 🎉 5mo
bg_reads @Dragon thank you! I'm excited to read it! 5mo
Dragon 👍🐉 5mo
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Velvetsun
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Super excited to be approved for this. I‘m a total True Crime junkie and hopefully this will be up my alley. #netgalley 🤓

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DarcysMom
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JenlovesJT47
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Color me shocked once again! 😱 I got approved for this lovely on NetGalley. The Borden murders have always fascinated me and I lean more towards her being innocent, but it‘s hard to say. Can‘t wait to read this one!

#historicalfiction
#truecrime
#NetGalley
#ARC

KristenDuck That looks like a good one! 5mo
FantasyChick Oooh let me know how it is! I have a mild obsession with Lizzie 5mo
JenlovesJT47 @FantasyChick me too!! 🙋🏻‍♀️😬 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, please share your thoughts when you‘re finished! 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ll be needing this! 5mo
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EKonrad
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Pickpick

It was really fun to learn the truth about the Borden murders, and there was enough suspense created by Robertson that I was excited to keep reading. Although there were a few sections when the action got bogged down by some repetitive details, I found Robertson's non-fiction to be well-researched and insightful (especially her take on Borden being arrested because of patriarchal forces). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

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