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City of Omens: A Search for the Missing Women of the Borderlands | Dan Werb
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For decades, American hungers sustained Tijuana. In this scientific detective story, a public health expert reveals what happens when a border city's lifeline is brutally severed. Despite its reputation as a carnival of vice, Tijuana was, until recently, no more or less violent than neighboring San Diego, its sister city across the border wall. But then something changed. Over the past ten years, Mexico's third-largest city became one of the world's most dangerous. Tijuana's murder rate skyrocketed and produced a staggering number of female victims. Hundreds of women are now found dead in the city each year, or bound and mutilated along the highway that lines the Baja coast. When Dan Werb began to study these murders in 2013, rather than viewing them in isolation, he discovered that they could only be understood as one symptom among many. Environmental toxins, drug overdoses, HIV transmission: all were killing women at overwhelming rates. As an epidemiologist, trained to track epidemics by mining data, Werb sensed the presence of a deeper contagion targeting Tijuana's women. Not a virus, but some awful wrong buried in the city's social order, cutting down its most vulnerable inhabitants from multiple directions. Werb's search for the ultimate causes of Tijuana's femicide casts new light on immigration, human trafficking, addiction, and the true cost of American empire-building. It leads Werb all the way from factory slums to drug dens to the corridors of police corruption, as he follows a thread that ultimately leads to a surprising turn back over the border, looking northward. City of Omens is a compelling and disturbing tour of a border world that outsiders rarely see - and simultaneously, a clear guide to a field of public health that offers an essential framework for understanding how both ideas and diseases can spread. -- MAIA SZALAVITZ, author of Unbroken Brain Dan Werb combines his expertise as a trained epidemiologist with his keen discernment as an investigative journalist to depict what happens when poverty, human desperation, and unfathomable greed at the highest levels of a society mix with imperial ambition and a criminally ill-conceived policy towards drug use. It is a riveting and heartbreaking story, told with eloquence and compassion. -- GABOR MAT, MD, bestselling author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction City of Omens is an urgent and needed account of a desperate problem. The perils that Mexico's women face haunt the conscience of a nation. -- ALFREDO CORCHADO, author of Homelands and Midnight in Mexico
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City of Omens looks at the various factors that led to an explosion in murders, focusing on factors impacting women, and making it one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It‘s billed as a true crime, but it‘s not and the subtitle is completely misleading—this is a sociology book with heavy use of epidemiologic methodology. I found it fascinating but I don‘t think it would be for everyone.


TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1y
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It‘s a bail for me @Hooked_on_books 😞book was way too academic and scholarly (AKA boring) I was hoping for a more fiction vibe but instead I got National Review. And yes, my friends have a candy concession stand in their house 😉🙃😜

MicheleinPhilly Are these the friends with that magical coffee table? Who are they and why do I not know them? 3y
8little_paws LOL this makes me even more interested in the book! I love scholarly and boring LOL. 3y
Cinfhen Ha @MicheleinPhilly NOPE this is a whole new couple stick with me, I know how to pick friends!!!! 3y
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Cinfhen Then you will LOVE this book @8little_paws it‘s SOOOO DRY 3y
MicheleinPhilly 😮 Are you secretly Willy Wonka or something? 3y
Cinfhen Let me know if you find a golden ticket in the next book swap @MicheleinPhilly 🥳 3y
MicheleinPhilly I really don‘t need to be swapping with anyone. I just did some SERIOUS damage at my local indie. So really I should just be giving shit away. 3y
Cathythoughts I want chocolate! And this week on the radio, they said people who eat some chocolate every day ... are happier than those who don‘t. I‘m in ( I was in anyway 😊) 3y
Megabooks That is awesome! Eat some butterfinger for me!!! 3y
Cinfhen Which is your local indie???? @MicheleinPhilly and I‘m 100% all for daily chocolate @Cathythoughts so far I‘ve had the king size Reese‘s peanut butter cups and hubby had a mounds @Megabooks 3y
Cathythoughts I‘ll have Snickers / M&Ms / Reeces peanutbuttercup.... heaven ♥️ 3y
Cathythoughts I feel like a child going to the shop & picking out my sweets!! Happy days 👍🏻♥️ 3y
MicheleinPhilly A Novel Idea on East Passyunk Avenue. 3y
Cinfhen Exactly @Cathythoughts and you didn‘t even get the full width of the case!!! There‘s LOTS MORE!!! It‘s so ridiculous but who am I to judge 😉I‘m all for free candy!!!! (edited) 3y
Megabooks That would‘ve been my second choice!! 3y
Hooked_on_books That‘s a bummer, but hopefully it‘ll work better for me. And that candy! I‘d be so fat. 😂 3y
Cinfhen I‘m contemplating a Snickers bar @Hooked_on_books 🤔🤗🤐 @Megabooks 😋 3y
Lauram This is the best photo I‘ve seen all day. I‘ve been inspired to setup a concession stand for my next party. 3y
Kalalalatja I need to live in your friend‘s house! 😍😍😍 3y
BarbaraBB There is lots more? It‘s a Candy Shop in there. Kind of ridiculous indeed but I would be so tempted. All day. Each time I‘d pass that shelf (? Closet? Shop?!) 3y
BarbaraBB I‘d start with Reeces too. I have discovered them here in the US, didn‘t know them before 😋 3y
Cinfhen Have you been to a US movie theatre @BarbaraBB ??? There‘s usually a 10 ft long counter full of snack foods to purchase?? Well our friends have a 5 ft long cabinet stocked with all kinds of snacks... as they have a home movie theatre and of course a popcorn machine too😜😉#Ridiculousness 3y
Cinfhen And in case your interested @BarbaraBB we watched the movie ANNA last night 🤷‍♀️😆 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No I didn‘t go to the movies but I was impressed by the counters full of snacks/candy everywhere (and sometimes shocked by the size of them 😉, for example the buckets of popcorn and sodas! 🤪😲 (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola @meredith3‘s husband needs this in their house. 😆 3y
Reviewsbylola I‘m glad to hear I didn‘t miss anything with this book tho. Just returned it to the library unread. 3y
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#LilithJuly #ThisOnesForTheGirls A recent #BOTM that I‘ve just started reading. I‘m only a few pages in and already it‘s breaking my heart 💔Want to thank my brilliant cohost @KarenUK for a great month of music & prompts 🎵🙌🏻 Don‘t forget tomorrow starts #AyUpAugust with @squirrelbrain

Megabooks BOTM August is up on the website! 🥳🥳 4y
Cinfhen Wonky WiFi at the moment @megabooks 😡😤😝 4y
Megabooks Boo!!!! 4y
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Reviewsbylola I have this one out from the library right now! 4y
gradcat @KarenUK & @Cinfhen I‘m piggybacking here to say thanks for a fantastic #LilithJuly ... I‘ve been a bit remiss about posting, but I never want to forget to thank our lovely hosts. ♥️😘😊 4y
KarenUK @gradcat Thank you! I really had a lot of fun co-hosting! 😊💕 4y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @gradcat 😘I‘ve been traveling and not really reading or Litsying much. So I feel a little disconnected 4y
gradcat @Cinfhen I knew you were traveling...and I think I can say for myself & everyone else, “We MISS you!” ♥️ But I really hope you are enjoying the travel. Is your husband feeling better? (edited) 4y
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Here are some nonfiction titles for June


There are two other listed but they are older releases (like one is from 2007) so I'm still trying to make sense of them.