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We Keep the Dead Close
We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence | Becky Cooper
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Leftcoastzen
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#savvysettings #campus A thoughtful , insightful deep dive into a cold case of murder near Harvard/Radcliffe in 1969.Misogyny, academic politics,& love affairs are part of the mix .

Eggs Sounds good 👏🏻📖🏫 2mo
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CaramelLunacy
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A true crime story that starts off as an investigation into the murder of an archaeology grad student and becomes an examination of misogyny, sexual harassment and the power of narrative to blind us to the truth.
While I found this a bit bloated at times (I didn't care about the author's boyfriend), it was a fascinating look at the pitfalls of true crime in addition to being a true crime story. Plus it has an actual resolution.
Don't Google!

Hazel2019 Oh wow. I need to read this one. 3mo
CaramelLunacy @Hazel2019 if you do, would love to hear what you think! 3mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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This made for a fascinating discussion at our true crime book club! There are so many suspects, so many conspiracy theories springing from the culture of Harvard, and then the way the author does a deep dive into all of it. It's a long book, and Cooper is definitely putting herself into the story, but highly recommending this one!
#Readin22 #BookClubReads #Pantone22 #Pantone2022

booksellerofyourdiscontent I have a friend reading this right now and she said it was a trip. 4mo
sophies_little_library I really enjoyed this! 4mo
CaramelLunacy I am in the middle of this one right now and finding it fascinating 4mo
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kimmypete1
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We Keep the Dead Close was SO GOOD. If you like true crime I highly recommend this one. It‘s a fascinating case that goes into detail about the murder and the investigation of the murder. It‘s fascinating.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Holy moly! This was a fabulous book! Jane Britton is a graduate student found bludgeoned in her bed. Four decades later, undergrad Becky Cooper hears whispers of Jane's story. Was it the professor she was having an affair with? What is Jane's story? As Becky becomes more invested in the truth she sees how Jane's story is a cautionary tale used to oppress bold, young women and the misogyny in academia. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

jessjess Sounds interesting! 6mo
FelinesAndFelonies @jessjess it was SO good! And Bookoutlet has it for like, $8. 6mo
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Lauren_reading
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I was a bit disappointed with this book, or maybe just the whole topic and the way it actually ended. There‘s so much in question with the murder of an archeological doctorate student at Harvard in 1969. Was it her boyfriend? Neighbor? Professor?

The look back at how women were (and are) treated at Harvard was the most interesting part of this book for me.

TiredLibrarian @Lauren_reading This was a DNF for me. I thought the author was way too obsessive & stalker-y, and the whole ending was a letdown since the DNA evidence led to someone who wasn't one of the suspects. Agree re: the Harvard politics. 8mo
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Cinfhen
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This book had so much potential but author/ journalist Becky Cooper didn‘t know where to focus. This book was ALL OVER THE PLACE!!! There were SO MANY potential perpetrators and a ridiculous amount of red herrings and Cooper went into meticulous details over every possibility that crossed her mind. In addition she delves DEEP into Harvard University regarding misogyny, sexism, academic rivalries, and the esteemed Anthropology department. 👇🏽

Cinfhen The murder of Jane Britton a 23 year old graduate student is sensationalized by the author and oddly used as a mirror to the author‘s time as a student at Harvard. Better editing & focus was needed!! Could have been a 5 star read 9mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 9mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Nice review! Too bad this book lacked focus. (edited) 9mo
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Megabooks I think this is going to be a pass, but thank you for tagging me in your fantastic review! 😘 9mo
KarenUK I rarely read non Fic but this had caught my eye. Think I‘ll skip it… fab review Cindy xx 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @KarenUK @Megabooks @britt_brooke @TrishB I was disappointed because this book really could have been GREAT!! I definitely blame her editor 9mo
mom2bugnbee Agree completely @Cinfhen ! I read it in audio, & you added correct that it was all over the place. I thought the same thing - it had such potential! 9mo
Cinfhen I did audio too @mom2bugnbee it was SO DIFFICULT to follow her threads/ as she jumped from past to present so often and so abruptly. 9mo
MicheleinPhilly Does she at least reveal whodunit and how? Cause if she doesn‘t, I ain‘t finishing it. (I may not finish it regardless. 😂) 9mo
Cinfhen Yes she does @MicheleinPhilly but by the time you get there you almost don‘t care!!! And honestly if you Google Jane Britton the whole story appears in 3 paragraphs 😜 9mo
TiredLibrarian Agree, @Cinfhen - I thought this was a hot mess 🔥 9mo
Cinfhen Hot Mess is a very accurate description @TiredLibrarian 😜really a shame…it had potential to be really good 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Started this audio on the plane yesterday!! It‘s a good real life mystery ( an unsolved murder at Harvard in the 1960‘s) and a deep dive into academia, sexism and scholarly research. But, JEEZ…. the author is ALL OVER THE PLACE!!! SO MANY TANGENTS!!!! I‘m gripped but sometimes I can‘t stay focused or recall what‘s happening ( probably part jet lag brain fog 😶‍🌫️) Have you listened to this one @Megabooks @Reviewsbylola @britt_brooke ???

KathyWheeler Cape Breton! I haven‘t been there in years. I need to go back. 9mo
britt_brooke Nope, but I‘m curious to read your review! 9mo
Megabooks No. It just didn‘t appeal to me. I‘m not really into murderer true crime. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
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Cinfhen I LOVE the flight map @KathyWheeler !!!!! 9mo
Cinfhen I think you might enjoy this one @Megabooks although the author is a little too ambitious in scope. She‘s covering A LOT of ground but the Harvard/ Radcliffe elitism and the whole tenure professorships are VERY INTERESTING as is the Anthropology department politics. I think you‘d like it too @britt_brooke but you both may feel, as I do that this needs tighter editing!!! 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ll keep an eye out for your review!! 9mo
Reviewsbylola I have! I enjoyed it. And now I‘ll say what I say every time you take a flight—I hope you had no stewardesses projectile vomiting. 🤣🤮 9mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Practicing my “Please don‘t pick me for jury duty” face.

ValerieAndBooks Good luck!! My hubby recently was on jury duty for a 4-day-long difficult and challenging case, and he hopes to never have to do it again! 10mo
Aims42 Good luck!!! 🤞 10mo
Soubhiville I‘ve had to make that face a couple of times. Good luck! 10mo
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vivastory Good luck! 🤞 10mo
Branwen Good luck! 😃👍 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @ValerieAndBooks I‘ve served twice. The second trial was so awful, I had a 3-year exemption afterwards. 😕 I get called to serve a LOT. 10mo
Bianca Good luck! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @ValerieAndBooks @Aims42 @Soubhiville @vivastory @Branwen @Bianca They reached a full jury at 63. Saved by the skin of my teeth! 10mo
ValerieAndBooks Whew 😅! Close call. 10mo
Cinfhen Thank Gd!!!!! Yay, so glad you were spared🥳🙏🏻I started this book on the plane ✈️ it‘s VERY convoluted!!! Author is ALL OVER THE PLACE 🙄 9mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I haven‘t picked it up again since that day. 😂 The mystery is interesting but I just haven‘t felt compelled to continue. Maybe I‘ll skim it. I just don‘t need to know every detail about anthropology/archaeology. 9mo
Cinfhen She also keeps inserting her own personal love life into the book, which is totally unnecessary to the story 9mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen YES. She comes across as sort of scatter brained. I was very surprised by the page count when I started it and now I know why - because she can‘t focus! 9mo
Cinfhen Exactly!!! (edited) 9mo
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wen4blu
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A real life unsolved murder at Harvard sounded intriguing, but so far this book isn‘t holding my attention. May be time to set it aside and move to something totally different.

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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 overall this was pretty good. It was a bit difficult to keep track of all the different people - but may it‘s be easier in a non-audio format. I felt some conclusions and thoughts she made toward the end were the best parts of the book. I know she‘s detailing her investigation and experience but I feel it could‘ve been shortened a bit. I had heard the murder is solved by the end so that pushed me through. I‘m glad I read this.

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mom2bugnbee
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Mehso-so

Well, that was... anticlimactic.

I realize this isn't the author's fault, and I feel bad saying this after her years of research, but ugh, the resolution. I did like the very end/epilogue, however.

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EvieBee I know, right?! I also thought it could have been shorter. 13mo
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Just over an hour into this & it's already chilling. #audiobook

EvieBee Yes! Hang on to you hat! 13mo
Amiable I‘m at the wait list for this at my library—only 10 more weeks to go! 🙄😀 13mo
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Cinfhen
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I may not be reading much but I‘m back to buying much xx #AudibleDeals

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 same here!! 13mo
Cinfhen Hi 🙋🏼‍♀️ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks xxxx I knew you‘d get it 🥰 13mo
MicheleinPhilly Same! My reading this year has been such 💩. But I‘m still a #1ClickChick 13mo
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Cinfhen That‘s my girl xx @MicheleinPhilly 13mo
Megabooks I haven‘t looked yet, but I plan to! 13mo
Librariana I picked up "The Mystery of Mrs. Christie" a while back, but of course, knowing me, it'll go on the TBR pile along with many others until I'm done reading the books from last year's TBR pile! ?? 13mo
Cinfhen It was $2.95 @Librariana so I figured why not 🤷🏼‍♀️ 13mo
Cinfhen @Megabooks keep me posted xx I like inspiration 🥰😊😉 13mo
Librariana I probably have the email from Audible letting me know there's a sale! I think I have a credit hanging out right now... 🤔🧐😎 13mo
Cinfhen It‘s buy one get one free on Audible @Librariana and there were a lot of good choices!! If you have a credit / it‘s worth taking a peak 😍 13mo
Tera66 Lol! My 2020 resolution was to not buy any books, in 2021 I have been making up for last year and buying plenty for this year. 13mo
Cinfhen Well congrats on making it through 2020 @Tera66 I always make resolutions like that but by March I‘ve completely failed!!! I‘m all for buying books/ they always fit, don‘t go out of style and they have a LONG shelf life ☺️ 13mo
Tera66 @Cinfhen I always say, its not drugs, its books not crack.😂 13mo
Cinfhen @Tera66 TRUTH 🙌🏻💕😁 13mo
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eanderson
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Finally finished! My library mysteriously suspended my hold for a couple of days and then it came back! 😀 It‘s a fascinating yet sad audiobook. It brings up rape culture and sexism. I‘m glad I took the time to listen to it.

eanderson @Andrew65 book 3 complete for #marvellousmarch 🤓 1y
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eanderson
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My hold finally came in and I started it right away! 🥸

Mitch Enjoy! 1y
aperfectmjk I have this on hold also. Excited to hear your thoughts. 1y
eanderson @Mitch I will! I think it was your review that made me put a hold on it. 😀 1y
eanderson @aperfectmjk I can tell you with a little over an hour in that it‘s going to be good! ☺️ 1y
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Mitch
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#februarywrapup

A good month! I loved being taken by Cooper to archeological digs in Iran & dusty academic classrooms in Harvard, & enjoyed soaking up the Suffolk landscape as the Viking ship is unearthed in Suffolk. Edinburgh's victorian medical world and evenings on the London seance scene were great as was Robert's fab illustrated account of the Suffragettes. The only let down was how little I saw of Mary Anning in the hero fossil Hunter.

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2021 no.7 - I won‘t go into the details of this book as I think the reader really needs to go on their own journey of discovery through it but I enjoyed how much more it was than just a crime book. To begin with I found it hard to keep track of the many characters but I eventually got into the flow. It gave me much to reflect on and I will be thinking about the themes of the book for a while plus it made me walk for longer this week to listen more

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MamaGina
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Books written as memoirs about true crimes and their authors‘ journeys to understand them is a trend I‘ve come to appreciate after reading The Fact of a Body, The Red Parts, I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark and, now, We Keep The Dead Close. The departure from a solely journalistic approach brings humanity to both victims and authors and creates a model where perpetrator becomes minor character, a footnote rather than focus, just as it should be. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chelsea.Poole I love these types too! I‘ve read them all except The Red Parts, which I have but just haven‘t gotten around to reading yet. 😊 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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Longer than it needed to be and very much a meandering journey with a fair amount of navel gazing, this book nonetheless held my interest throughout, though I admit when I got to the end, I sighed and asked “This is it?”

Also: why is it that audiobooks seldom include the acknowledgements? #petpeeve

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BookishMarginalia
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I‘m breezing through this one! #24in48

Catherine_Willoughby Is 24 in 48 . Listen/reading for 24 hrs? I am sure I have done this over this weekend 🙈 1y
BookishMarginalia @Catherine_Willoughby Yes. Some people keep track with stopwatches. I just keep informal track — I‘ve done about 12 hours so far. 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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Currently #ImmersionReading about a murder at my alma mater

Leftcoastzen Smarty pants! 😀 1y
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Mitch
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So many twists, turns, characters, incidents, suspicions & relationships - but Cooper keeps the storyline straight and maintains interest throughout all 400+ pages. She weaves herself into the story - her obsession and passion to tell Janes story as she sees it. The story goes wide, looking at the misogynistic practices of Harvard, the world of archaeology as well as corruption in the police.

MallenNC I have this book and I have got to make time for it. It sounds so good. 1y
Mitch @MallenNC I was worried at first that it was a bit longer than I‘d thought. But I need not of worried - it was fab! 1y
MallenNC @Mitch It has made its way to my “read soon” stack! 1y
Mitch @MallenNC I‘ve got the stack! It‘s a tall one! 1y
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cariashley
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Breaking up the day with an #audiorun in perfect weather. Cannot believe the northeast is getting more snow tomorrow 😤 This book is well written but I‘m finding a little hard to follow as an audiobook; am just over halfway through and 7 hours into #24in48.

WanderingBookaneer This was my third book for #24in48 ! 1y
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Mitch
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I‘m at that point where I just can‘t put it down... 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

LeahBergen Oo, I need to get this one! 👍🏻 1y
Mitch @LeahBergen I wasn‘t sure at first - but once I was past the first 30 pages I was hooked! 1y
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WanderingBookaneer
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It‘s a long road, but I enjoyed most of the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Tera66 I just got the audio book, can't wait to listen to it💖 1y
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Mitch
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One of the benefits of lockdown - this is what FRIDAY afternoons look like!

Cupcake12 Perfect x 1y
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Mitch
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Just diving into this one - another one recommended by Alice on Book Riot‘s For Real podcast... that podcast fills my TBR weekly! 🤣

BookishMarginalia This one is on my soon-to-read pile 👍🏼 1y
Crazeedi I've heard this is a good one 1y
Chrissyreadit I do love the For Real Podcast. 1y
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eanderson I have this on hold from my library! Looking forward to your review! 1y
Mitch @Chrissyreadit Alice‘s excitement for books is infectious! 1y
akaGingerK Really enjoyed this one - though I was jumping at shadows before I finished it 1y
TracyReadsBooks I really enjoyed this one—fascinating look not only at the crime but also the author‘s growing obsession with solving it. 1y
Mitch @TracyReadsBooks I‘m a only 100 pages in - but I‘m enjoying her story as much as Jane‘s 1y
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This was my #Booked2021 choice for a book where the authors name starts with A, B, or C! It was very long, and the jumping around in time was a little annoying until I really sunk into it. I ended up loving it! Bonus, it was a Christmas gift and the first actual print book I have finished in ages. @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to this book. 1y
bookwrm526 @Cinfhen it didn‘t end up being exactly what I was expecting, but it was fascinating; the fact that archaeology was my field of study in grad school adds another layer for me (I wasn‘t at Harvard though!) 1y
Crazeedi This sounds like a good one... 1y
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Finished reading this over the weekend. So compelling! If you are interested in true crime, privilege, and institutional problems with racism, sexism and power, I highly recommend this book. In the beginning I felt like some of the details about Harvard were pretentious, but I quickly got past that and was engrossed in this true story. #nonfiction #truecrime #oldtownbooks #murderbythebookclub

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jackilynn
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Snow day today so I am just going to kick back, enjoy my coffee while it is actually still hot, and hopefully knock out a good chunk of this book.

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jackilynn
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I haven't read a true crime book in awhile so when my hold for this one came in I was pretty excited.

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kbuggle
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This has sucked me right in! Fifty pages in and I can‘t put this down

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Here are my top 6 books from 2020. Each of these sucked me in, kept me thinking, and made me want to talk about them to everyone (while reading and after). I fell short of my goal this year but I'm looking forward to tackling my mounting TBR pile in 2021 (and all those early pre-orders I've placed already ... 🤦‍♀️)

Mitch That‘s driven me to want to bump the tagged book closer to the top of my TBR 👏🏼👏🏼 1y
TheNerdyProfessor @Mitch I was so sucked in. It's long but the narration is excellently executed. I also work in academia and could relate to a lot of the criticism put forth by the author. 1y
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Cinfhen
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#USkindleDailyDeal #OneClickChick @MicheleinPhilly xxx also @Reviewsbylola might want to check this out !!! #KindleAlert 🎉🎉🎉

MicheleinPhilly Just purchased! 1y
TracyReadsBooks I really enjoyed this book. Fascinating examination not only of a unsolved murder but also the author‘s own obsession with the case. Full of twists and turns and as entertaining as a fictional whodunit. 1y
Cinfhen I‘m SUPER EXCITED for this book @TracyReadsBooks @MicheleinPhilly 🤞🏼🤞🏼 1y
Reviewsbylola I read this one on audio recently. Great book! 1y
Cinfhen Ahhhh, I had a feeling it would be on your #ReadersRadar @Reviewsbylola 1y
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Godpants
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If you want to read this I‘d avoid looking into the case beforehand. This is an excellent true crime retelling as well as an expose on the misogyny inherent in higher education. At every point I though every suspect MUST be guilty.

Godpants I feel like it‘s gross to say that the solve of the crime was a little lackluster but sometimes that‘s just how it is. The legend around the case is so fascinating. I hope Jane rests well knowing it‘s now solved. 1y
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This book blew me away. It's a non-fiction investigation of a murder of a Harvard PhD student in the 1960s. While the rest of the community forgot about the murder, the author was unable to move past the story. Her doggedness and drive to find the truth led to the uncovering of many lost stories. The author also draws attention to the abuses women suffer as a result of systemic power imbalances - and their presence in the past and modern society.

AmyG Glad you enjoyed it! 1y
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Godpants
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I know nothing about this case and see that it‘s on many best true crime of the year lists. Very excited to check it out.

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TheNerdyProfessor
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There is nothing quite like a December morning where you are the only one awake and can read by the light of the Christmas tree 🎄

Thousand-Lives Cozy photo! How are you liking this book so far? I‘ve being hearing lots of good things about it. 1y
TheNerdyProfessor @Thousand-Lives it's really interesting and reads quick because the chapters are short. Some true crime drag on (in my opinion) but this one almost reads like fiction because it's so fast paced. 1y
Thousand-Lives @TheNerdyProfessor Awesome! That‘s exactly what I was hoping for! 😁 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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This is my kind of book - a true crime investigation of a cold case that happened at Harvard in the 60s. This is one that mixes memoir with crime, as the author describes her obsession with the crime, it places the reader there in the midst of it all. I liked all of these elements but I've got to be truthful here: it felt a bit tedious towards the end. There are so many suspects and acquaintances, it would be a good idea to read this quickly.

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Christine
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I really like true crime (and nonfiction in general) where the author weaves in elements of memoir. I appreciate the clarification of how the author‘s subjectivity has shaped the research/analysis/writing - that shaping that‘s always happening but not always shared with readers. This book did it well. And as a former Boston-area social science grad student myself, I was grateful for the attention to sexism in academia.

Bookalong I really want to read this one!! 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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Since Michelle McNamaras book , there has been a trend toward memoir & true crime merging.As Becky researches the murder of Jane Britton unsolved since 1969, she becomes more obsessed with contacting all involved uncovering violence, misogyny, secrets, & how academe protects its tenured.You feel her fear when it occurs to her that unearthed old memories & passions may have ramifications for her own safety. Well researched & slow burn intense.

Cinfhen Great review/ my IRL bookclub just nominated this book 1y
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen Thanks ! There would be a lot to discuss with this book. 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Things are cozy here 🎄 📖
Hope things are cozy where you are too!

MallenNC Pretty tree! I just got that book so I hope it‘s good. 1y
mcctrish I am getting there, and now more motivated to get the tree up 1y
Cindyelizavaz Lovely! It has been raining over here in Malaysia. It‘s pretty cozy with a cup of hot tea in the garden, reading to the sound of the rain. 1y
Cathythoughts Looking very cosy indeed ✨🌲 1y
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Mehso-so

So, I don‘t read much true crime. And, it seems absurd to be annoyed by an ending that the author didn‘t create, but just reported. But .... ugh that ending 😬 #ARC #Netgalley

KatieDid927 This review makes me want to read it! 1y
Reviewsbylola I love your collage. 😍 This was a pick for me. I loved how the author immersed herself in Jane‘s world. As an avid true crime reader, I can get sick of the formulaic nature of the genre. Many authors just write in a straightforward way— crime, aftermath and investigation, trial. It gets repetitive, so this was a breath of fresh air. 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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#bookreport for this week

The three books I finished were excellent.

Florence wanted to take a break from HP, so we‘re reading an American Girl book. I‘m nearing the end of Sense & Sensibility in the Jane Austen Collection and I‘m enjoying it far more than I did the first time around. Not sure if I‘ll listen to the whole collection in a row—P&P is up next and I already reread it earlier this year so I‘ll be saving that one for 2021.

Cinfhen Wow, great reading week🙌🏻Do you think I‘d like any of the books you read this week?? The tagged one caught my eye earlier in the week (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola I think you‘d like all three. I thought they were all worth the read for sure. @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve read His Bloody Project ~ I liked it but it dragged a bit...I‘ll look into the other 2 titles!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Oh I loved it!! Just got Burnet‘s other two books from my library! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Could not put it down. In 1969 Jane Britton, a graduate student in Anthropology at Harvard, was found murdered. From the moment Cooper first heard the story, while she herself was a student at Harvard, she was fascinated. This book is the result. It‘s a whodunit, an expose of the misogyny & systemic sexism rampant in higher education, a glimpse into the author‘s life & if it goes on a little too long, it‘s ok. It‘s a fascinating true crime read.

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie this might be up ur alley. U like true crime. 2y
JennyM I‘ve seen this and been really curious. Great review 👍 2y
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie ooo it does seem so amazing! 2y
AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie I totally get u, don't i???? HAHA ur welcome! 2y
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie haha yes you do! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Tonight‘s book.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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“A young archaeology graduate student at Harvard is bludgeoned to death by the professor with whom she‘s having an affair... Harvard, determined to avoid bad publicity, thwarts a police investigation, protects the professor and silences the press. It‘s as if the murder never happened.” via New York Times