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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town | Jon Krakauer
From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rapeMissoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team the Grizzlies with a rabid fan base. The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities.In this, Missoula is also typical. A DOJ report released in December of 2014 estimates 110,000 women between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four are raped each year.Krakauers devastating narrative of what happened in Missoula makes clear why rape is so prevalent on American campuses, and why rape victims are so reluctant to report assault. Acquaintance rape is a crime like no other. Unlike burglary or embezzlement or any other felony, the victim often comes under more suspicion than the alleged perpetrator. This is especially true if the victim is sexually active; if she had been drinking prior to the assault and if the man she accuses plays on a popular sports team. The vanishingly small but highly publicized incidents of false accusations are often used to dismiss her claims in the press. If the case goes to trial, the womans entire personal life becomes fair game for defense attorneys. This brutal reality goes a long way towards explaining why acquaintance rape is the most underreported crime in America. In addition to physical trauma, its victims often suffer devastating psychological damage that leads to feelings of shame, emotional paralysis and stigmatization. PTSD rates for rape victims are estimated to be 50%, higher than soldiers returning from war.In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.Some of them went to the police. Some declined to go to the police, or to press charges, but sought redress from the university, which has its own, non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape. In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute. One case led to a conviction; one to an acquittal. Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media, on Grizzly football fan sites, and/or to their faces. The university expelled three of the accused rapists, but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding. One district attorney testified for an alleged rapist at his university hearing. She later left the prosecutors office and successfully defended the Grizzlies star quarterback in his rape trial. The horror of being raped, in each womans case, was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community.Krakauers dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.
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#WeeklyForecast 47/19

I‘m almost finished with The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, our #NYRBBookclub choice, and loving it.

Next will be Bitter Orange For #ATY2019, where this week‘s prompt is ‘a book related to food‘.

If there‘s time left, I‘ll start Missoula for #ReadingUSA2019. Krakauer is such a good non-fiction writer.

In between, there‘s still Doctor Moreau. It‘s less than 200 pages but it takes forever to finish them.

Cinfhen Missoula was very good and Bitter Orange was very meh 😬😂 although Missoula was a dense read 12h
BarbaraBB I loved Swimming Lessons, that‘s why I bought this one, but I remember your so-so review indeed. I hope I‘ll like it! 12h
Kalalalatja I found Missoula so interesting! 6h
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I‘m really looking forward to that one. Krakauer is such a good writer. I was fascinated by his 6h
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This was really well written and researched. It‘s a tough book to read about the prevalence of rape culture in higher education settings. I think it‘s very important to see what has happened and how we can move forward and fight against this. Very good book, but definitely hard to read.

jenniferajanes I picked this one up when it was on sale for Kindle, but I haven‘t been in the right frame of mind to start it. Thank you for your honest review. 2mo
Victoriahoperose @jenniferajanes it‘s really good. But definitely read it when you can handle it. It‘s graphic in parts. But definitely worthwhile. 2mo
marleed I thought this book was excellent. I also respected his explanation that stats could have put his story in just about any smallish town in America with a strong University football program, and the ending would unfortunately be quite similar. Oh, and stating on behalf of family members with Grizzly season tickets ;) 2mo
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1. Very mad
2. Seinfeld
3. Yogurt and granola. Lots of coffee
4. MST
5. Blue Becoming

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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I don‘t know why I listen to books that piss me off but for some reason whenever I‘m working i find myself listening to things that are gonna make me angry.

Texreader Krakauer is a fantastic nonfiction author. I love his level of research and attention to detail. I‘ve read two of his books. Not this one yet. 5mo
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Important telescope to college rape

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There are not enough characters for me to say what I want to say about this book.
💔Warning this book is explicit and can be a trigger.
I think this book is essential reading for the discussion of victims rights and how sexual assault is addressed in our colleges. We need to keep discussing this in our homes, communities, and schools. We need to change our expectations of behavior... We need change.


ThatGirl29 Thanks for this! I work in higher ed and this dialogue is essential. 8mo
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1. Only 78. But humid.
2. Jon Krakauer; Barrack Obama, John Boyne, Maggie O‘Farrell, Jodi Picoult, Alice Walker, just for starters.
3. Sudoku. But also love the others.


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Something personal added to this #nonfictionbingo2019. I was date raped in 1978 and in 2009 first spoke of it. Important book, imho.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am so sorry to hear that, and you are so brave to post that here. Here‘s to more people speaking out, speaking up, sharing their stories, and helping everyone understand that this is a serious problem in society and shouldn‘t be brushed aside. 9mo
Bookwormjillk 🤗 9mo
DivineDiana I echo the sentiments of @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Proud of you speaking your truth. 💗 9mo
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mcipher Sending you all the hugs. 9mo
Cinfhen Thank you for sharing 💞💞💞and sending love 9mo
gradcat So sorry that happened to you. I really appreciated this book for the platform he gives to people like you. You deserve to be heard, and I‘m glad you were able to speak openly about it. 💞 9mo
Bookzombie Thank you for sharing. I‘m so sorry that happened to you. 💗 9mo
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Added Montana to my journey with the tagged book. #readingUSA2019.

AmyG What a book. I was so happy my daughters had their college years behind them. 9mo
Kaye You‘re doing great on your map 🗺 (edited) 9mo
mandi1082 Where can I get this map? 9mo
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Samplergal @mandi1082 visitedstatesmap.com 9mo
Samplergal @AmyG I hear you. Except it happened in the 70‘s and 80‘s and 90‘s too. 😡. People need to raise boys better. Its not okay they aren‘t. 9mo
Samplergal @kaye Thanks. I love being retired. 😂 9mo
AmyG It just seems like it‘s getting so much worse in today‘s climate. :( 9mo
Samplergal @AmyG I think it‘s only more talked about. That‘s my hope at least. What‘s more prevalent is booze, drugs and lack of respect for people. And sports culture which allows it. #metoo has made us more aware. That‘s the first thing. 9mo
mandi1082 @Samplergal thanks 😊 9mo
BarbaraBB So many states already! Impressive! 9mo
Librarybelle I have this book on my to read list 9mo
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Merely stating this is a good book is such a disservice. The subject, rape on a college campus, is so difficult to read, but necessary for those of us who want policies and bias to change. It will give you some of these emotions: outrage, pity, disbelief and hope. This is such a well researched and well written book, something we‘ve come to expect from this author. As a date rape survivor, I expected to read this in pieces.

Samplergal I blew through this yesterday because of the author‘s sensitivity to the subject. His epilogue indicates he was clueless prior to this research. It‘s graphic when the court cases are described, however, it might be what we need to hear to make the change that is needed. Post~Kavanaugh we are in need of education about this epidemic. Pick this up and spread the knowledge. It will likely trigger some, but healing sometimes comes in knowledge. ❤️ 9mo
vkois88 It definitely hit me hard. I was unable to finish it. I'll pick it up again someday, as you're right... it is an important message that needs to be spread. Just not the right time for me. 9mo
MyNamesParadise I listened to the audiobook either last year or 2017 and it was difficult to get through at times because I listened while driving/commuting to work, but it is very important and makes me so mad what DeVos is doing to overturn title 9 protections and how it‘s always about protecting the male. I know it happens in all states but knowing how Red Montana is certainly doesn‘t give me much hope for change there. 9mo
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Samplergal @MyNamesParadise It starts with parents. Raise your boys to respect girls and women. #ERANow 9mo
Samplergal @vkois88 I get that. I could not have done this through the Kavanaugh hearings. Now I‘m ready to fight again. I really think I‘m going to start volunteering for a rape crisis center. Raise your boys to respect women. 9mo
vkois88 That would be amazing! You're a strong person, and wonderful for wanting to do so ❤ 9mo
Freespirit Sounds like a must read. Thanks for sharing the book and your story 9mo
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My next audiobook. I really like this author and just found this in my library. #montana #readingUSA2019. #nonfiction2019

BibliOphelia Love this author and have been interested in this book, but have to limit my ‘rage reading‘ these days 😂😭 9mo
Samplergal I get that. Ten years ago I finally admitted to others I had been date raped at 22 and since then have been, at first slowly, then, very vocal about rape. This is very fact based and allows the reader to come to their own amount of rage. I think I‘m doing this one over a series of days. (edited) 9mo
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I finally finished this audio book. This book is an important and infuriating case study of the epidemic of rape in Missoula, Montana and how the justice system tends to protect the attackers over the victims. Unfortunately, this victim-shaming mentality isn‘t exclusive to Missoula. So many triggers in this book, but an important topic for everyone.

readordierachel Important and infuriating is an apt description. 10mo
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A meticulously researched and reported narrative of a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana and how these assaults were handled (and mishandled) by both the university or local authorities. Highly recommended, although it's a tough read.

Day 23: #adventrecommends

JLaurenceCohen This sounds great. 11mo
Amiable @JLaurenceCohen Jon Krakauer is always great, even with a difficult topic like this. 11mo
Crazeedi Iwas just recommended this book, it looks really interesting 11mo
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While this isn‘t a book, this article is all I can think about right now, and quite literally the least I can do is share it. Trigger warning for sexual assault.


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A disturbing but necessary read. After running the Missoula Marathon last Sunday I decided to give this a listen. It‘s changed the way I think about sexuality, consent, and the justice system. Makes me wonder if it‘s possible for anyone to find their way through without suffering the hazards of trauma, short of becoming a complete recluse. Actually, it seems that excessive alcohol consumption plays a significant part in rape culture. Sobering.

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This book is centered around Missoula Montana however represents the mindset of many towns across the country. As a mom it was difficult to read this book however it is better to be aware and educate our children. Jon did a tremendous amount of research which I find he does with all of his writings. #jonkrakauer

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Alternating between these two audiobooks tonight, Red Sparrow is a fast paced spy thriller, very much like John LeCarre or Robert Ludlum, while Missoula is a non fiction novel about the rape crisis in colleges all over America & how victim blaming has become the norm in towns & institutions that scramble to cover their own arse instead of protecting their female students/population. Highly recommend both audiobooks, the narrators are fabulous.👍

BookNerd9906 Both are on my #tbr list. 1y
Cinfhen Missoula was infuriating and heartbreaking ❤️ 1y
Andrea4 So..light reading...😉😁 1y
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ReadingRover Even though Missoula was so frustrating I loved it. It was so insightful. It was crazy and scary to see how just that slice of our country reacts to rape. Everyone should read that book. It‘s a real eye opener. 1y
TiredLibrarian I started Missoula but couldn't finish it. I want to go back to it at some point. 1y
Lizpixie @BookNerd9906 it‘s definitely worth bumping up your list @Cinfhen that‘s why I‘m swapping back & forth, when I find myself wanting to punch any man near me, I switch to Red Sparrow. Though honestly, it‘s not much better in that department😡 @Andrea4 yep, pretty much❤️🥀 @ReadingRover I totally agree. And it‘s not just America that has these issues either, when it comes to rape culture, Australia has just as bad a track record👇👇👇 1y
Lizpixie @ReadingRover for instance, just tonight my 21yr old daughter had to take a train into the city to take part in a run for adidas(she works at Footlocker) when I told her to be safe & careful on the train at night she said”don‘t worry mum, I‘m not wearing a short skirt or anything that will egg them on” Made me cry. She should be able to wear whatever she wants in public without fear of being assaulted.🤬 @TiredLibrarian think everyone should read 1y
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@jillannjohn Thank you so much for my goodies! I‘ve been wanting to read both of these books for a long time, I love m&ms and the bookmark and I‘ve been needing a new journal too. And the cup! I absolutely love it! I think no matter what the season, this will keep my drinks the temp I need them to be! Litsy swaps are the best! #bookandbottleswap @JoScho

APLitlife Oh! Missoula is on my TBR also. I am from Montana, but went to the rival school. I remember this in the news and want to read what this has to say about it all. 1y
JoScho Great package! ❤️ 1y
jillannjohn I‘m so glad you like everything! 1y
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This book made me so mad and I wanted to scream #no f***ing way so many times while listening to this. People‘s reactions to rape victims and their stories continually keep baffling me, and especially in the context of the justice system.

A great read, but it will infuriate you!


cathysaid Exactly. So disturbing, learning about how many blatantly looked the other way 😡 1y
Reviewsbylola Totally agree with you. 1y
JanJan I used to live in Missoula, and went to school there when this was published. I think he fairly portrayed the facts, and did a good job with the book. It was the hardest book I‘ve ever read. The dialogue in my community was disgusting with all the rape apologists and football fans. This problem effects every college campus, and justice system in America. 1y
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ReadingEnvy I serve as a title ix investigator at my institution and every year attend training with local cops and social workers. This book is so important in getting law enforcement to understand how much harm they can do. But to me it was more disheartening how much the friends and family members can do harm by blaming or minimizing. 1y
ephemeralwaltz I have this on my Kindle waiting to be read. I'm sure it'll make me mad as hell but these are necessary reads everybody should be aware of! 👏👏 Thanks for shaeing your thoughts. 1y
TrishB Great review. I shall read eventually 😔 1y
Kalalalatja @cathysaid @Reviewsbylola I can‘t deal with how horrible people are sometimes. When not believing a victim is your go-to reaction, you should really take a hard look at yourself 🙄😠 @JanJan I can only imagine! I‘m glad to know Krakauer did a great job portraying the situation from someone who actually knows something about how it was like. 1y
Kalalalatja @ReadingEnvy I agree completely! I‘m writing my thesis on how victim blaming reactions can deter victims from reporting the rape, and it breaks my heart how many people still believe in and reinforce rape myths 😔 @ephemeralwaltz @TrishB It is worth it, truly! 1y
BarbaraBB Great review & comments. 1y
Cinfhen Great review! This was a difficult read 😔 1y
readordierachel Agree, this is so infuriating. But important to read. 1y
TiredLibrarian I started this and couldn't finish it. Maybe I should try it again. 1y
staci.reads It was so hard to read, but so important! I had the same reaction with the book Everyday Sexism. I had to switch back and forth with it and a happier book to keep from getting permanently furious. 1y
ReadingRover I totally agree with you. I listened to this on audiobook and it was unreal. This is a book that everyone should read or listen to. The amount of rapes that are just ignored or swept under the rug are unbelievable. The way they are handled needs to change. 1y
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😡😡 This book is infuriating and important. Through the lens of one town and a series of rapes, Krakauer sheds light on the ridiculous and archaic ideas that still prevail in our country, both in its citizens and its court system, about sexual assault. Unlike victims of virtually any other crime, victims of sexual assault are immediately regarded with skepticism and judgement, which speaks volumes about the rape culture in our society.

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Doing some porch swing reading on this drizzly, chilly spring morning. Missoula is making me so angry that I have to switch back and forth with a reread of a favorite to calm me down. 😡

LibrarianRyan Your swing looks so pretty. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Missoula also just angered me. It's an outrageous story. I still think about it all the time. 2y
SledgeReader Awesome weekend plan! I‘m jelly. 2y
staci.reads @LibrarianRyan thanks! It's my favorite reading spot spring/summer/fall 🌷🌞🍁 2y
staci.reads @Ashley_Nicoletto It's infuriating! The complete lack of empathy from authorities is unbelievable. 2y
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A frustrating but educational true crime book!

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I listened to this entire audiobook either near tears or with a ball of rage in the pit of my stomach. Sometimes both. Thank you so much @britt_brooke for bringing this book to my attention because while it was such an emotional read I was riveted and it gave me so much to think about.

britt_brooke Completely agree with everything you said! Such a tough read, but it presents so many important points. So happy you read it. 2y
lauralovesbooks1 I made both my college age sons read it. One of them said they should make it required reaf 2y
lauralovesbooks1 required reading for all incoming freshman. 2y
ReadingEnvy This one took a while to read because I needed breaks. 2y
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The last book that made me cry. 😢😔🤬

#TearJerker #ReadingResolutions

Jess7 Stacked!!! 2y
Booksnchill 😡I understand 2y
jwashreads I had so many emotions reading this--a lot of anger and a lot of sadness 2y
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EmilyReadsEverything I loved his other books! This is a must read for me. 2y
staci.reads I love Jon Krakauer, and I bought this book a year ago, but it's still in my tbr pile next to my bed. It occurred to me that since my oldest child was heading off to college this past fall, it would be a bad idea to subject both her and me to the effects of me reading more about college rape culture right before she left 😢😡😨 2y
KathyWheeler Me too — tears of anger.😡 2y
britt_brooke @Jess7 @EmilyReadsEverything @staci.reads I‘m a big Krakauer fan. This was a tough one. Sad and truly infuriating. 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill @jwashreads @KathyWheeler It‘s absolutely infuriating. 2y
lyradora I *can't* bring myself to read it. 😕 2y
britt_brooke @lyradora It‘s a very tough one. 😔 2y
ErinGoBragh1011 I need to read this, If for no other reason than the fact that it takes place in Montana. I lived there for 6 years as a kid. 2y
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This book will enrage you. But it is a necessary read. Highly recommend.


#24in48 #readathon #truecrime #LitsyAtoZ #LetterM

Sweettartlaura Completely agree. It‘s stunning and enraging how this system fails women every day. 2y
ClairesReads Totally agree 2y
cariashley Perfect description of this one. 2y
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Break time because this book has me all sorts of furious.

#24in48 #readathon

KathyWheeler It is truly anger-inducing. 2y
Andrew65 Great going! 👏 2y
Kristy_K @Andrew65 Thanks! 2y
AmyG Not the easiest read. 2y
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“When an individual is raped in this country, more than 90 percent of the time the rapist gets away with the crime.”

I‘m a big Krakauer fan, but I held off reading this for a couple of years because of the tough subject matter. I‘m so glad I finally read it, alternating between audio and ebook (thanks, #Overdrive!). I‘m blown away by the writing, yet completely infuriated and saddened by the content. This is an important read, you guys.

Melissa_J I must move this on up on my TBR pile. I know reading it will make me very angry. 2y
ClairesReads Glad you enjoyed (is that the right word?) this one 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez This book is great, good journalism well written is always a delight, isn‘t it? 2y
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Andrew65 That‘s an horrific statistic! 2y
CocoReads I‘ve been wanting to read this one. But I know it‘s going to be a hard read. 2y
Hooked_on_books Agreed. Great book, important read. 2y
Hollie It‘s on my TBR! 2y
britt_brooke @TheAnitaAlvarez Absolutely! And that‘s why I love Krakauer. 💚 2y
britt_brooke @Melissa_J It will piss you off, but it‘s very good. 2y
britt_brooke @ClairesReads I know exactly what you mean. 😉 2y
britt_brooke @CocoReads It will really piss you off, but it‘s a very good read. 2y
britt_brooke @Hollie It‘s tough, but a great read. 2y
UrsulaMonarch Excellent review! I'd felt similarly, as we'd discussed. 2y
Kalalalatja Great review! 2y
CuriousG I loved this book - solely on audio for me. Only problem was the very literal increase in blood pressure I experienced every time I listened to it. I actually had to do a short guided meditation after each chapter to bring myself out of the rage. Yet somehow totally worth it. 2y
minkyb Your review will give me the push I need to tackle this. 2y
britt_brooke @CuriousG I know! It was such a tough read, but so worth it. 2y
britt_brooke @minkyb You won‘t regret it. It‘s very good. 2y
UrsulaMonarch @CuriousG pairing this book with meditation sounds brilliant 2y
CuriousG @Lkelly I've never had a book enrage me to that point before, but I've used tbe technique since then if I read something that makes me upset. I like books that cover tough subjects, so I've decided this is the way to go. 2y
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Consent by moaning?? You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Rachel.Rencher What the hell? 😡 2y
Hollie 😡😡😡 2y
Nikki15 Disgusting 2y
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cobwebmoth That's awful. 😔 2y
readordierachel This book made my blood boil. 2y
TricksyTails 😡😤🖕 2y
xicanti Instant rage. 2y
CAnne Shameful!! 2y
mjdowens So maybe if the rapist is moaning while he is being castrated, we can just assume he is consenting to it. What an asinine judgement! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto This book made me angry. The things that happened to these girls and in this town (as well as plenty of other towns in America) are shameful. 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker 🤨😡 2y
ptkpepe98 What made me especially angry were the decisions made by those who should have been unbiased. The police, prosecutors, and school administrators, who put the victims' motives at question, and worried about harming the futures of those "poor boys." Really? 2y
britt_brooke @ptkpepe98 That Pabst woman particularly pissed me off. The whole thing was pretty upsetting. 2y
britt_brooke @Ashley_Nicoletto It breaks my heart. 2y
britt_brooke @Rachel.Rencher @Hollie @Nikki15 @cobwebmoth @ReadOrDieRachel @TricksyTails @xicanti @CAnne It‘s pathetic that anyone would actually buy into this bullshit. It‘s so infuriating! It breaks my heart so much for these women. 2y
minkyb 🤬 2y
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I can‘t put this book down. Also, this Bell‘s Christmas Ale is 👌🏻👌🏻. #booksandbrews

UrsulaMonarch 💚 Bell's! How brutal is the book? 2y
britt_brooke @Lkelly Very, but it‘s also gripping. 2y
UrsulaMonarch @britt_brooke interesting! I may give it a try - time to stack, thanks! 2y
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britt_brooke @Lkelly 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
AmyG All I could think of when I read this book was...I am happy my kids are out of college. :( (edited) 2y
Juli @britt_brooke I have wanted to read that one! 2y
britt_brooke @Juli It‘s infuriating, but a really great - and important - read so far. 2y
britt_brooke @AmyG That‘s the sad truth! I don‘t look forward to those days. My boys are just 5 and 3. 2y
AmyG @britt_brooke Just have that conversation with your boys...over and over. I drummed “no means no” into my son‘s head. We had many a discussion. 2y
britt_brooke @AmyG Absolutely!! 2y
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Started this on #audio today. Also borrowed the #ebook for the times I can‘t listen. I‘m a Krakauer fan so I‘m not surprised by how good this is so far, but god, it‘s a tough read.

#currentlylistening #currentlyreading #overdrive

RiotMom I love Jon Krakauer‘s work. Need to pick this one up! 2y
Rachel.Rencher I almost moved to Missoula a couple years ago. When I got home from touring the city, this book was sitting front and center on a shelf in my local bookstore. I took that as a sign that I shouldn't go. 😳 The place wasn't that great to begin with, though, so I didn't need too much convincing... 2y
britt_brooke @Rachel.Rencher 😆 2y
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Cats-and-Tea I had no idea this book existed, but I need to get this! Krakauer is such a great writer 2y
britt_brooke @RiotMom He‘s amazing. I blame Under the Banner of Heaven for my infatuation with the FLDS. 2y
britt_brooke @Cats-and-Tea I love him! I‘d been putting off reading this one because it‘s such heavy subject matter, but I‘m glad I finally picked it up. In true Krakauer form, it‘s very thorough and has great readability. 2y
RiotMom @britt_brooke that was the first of his books that I read! It was fascinating! 2y
JenReadsAlot It was good, but yes a tough listen. 2y
britt_brooke @RiotMom My first, too! 2y
DebinHawaii Such a tough read but worth it! 📚👍 2y
ReadingEnvy It's very good but I had to take breaks from it. 2y
britt_brooke @DebinHawaii @ReadingEnvy It‘s definitely heavy, but I can already tell it‘s going to be worth it. 2y
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Difficult to listen to. Really depressing, especially with recent revelations in the the news. A pick nonetheless ☹️

Meeko93 Have you seen Wind River? It's really good. 2y
Wife @Meeko93 Is it a documentary? Same subject? 2y
Meeko93 No it's about Native Americans and I'm pretty sure the characters are fiction, but it just brings up the subject about girls who go missing/raped and the justice system behind it. 2y
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Wife @Meeko93 Sounds interesting. I will look for it. 2y
RebelReader @Meeko93 Wind River is so heartbreaking and still I think it's the best movie I saw in 2017. @Wife I will have check out Missoula. 2y
Meeko93 @RebelReader I agree with you. 2y
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This book was so hard to read but I think everyone should try. #metoo

ReadingSusan Agreed. 2y
AmyG Agreed. Made me so grateful my kids are out of college. 2y
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JulAnna I listened to this on audio. It was difficult at times, but well worth sticking with it. 2y
AmyG Yes, a difficult book to read. And you know, during these times, things won't get any better. 2y
ReadingEnvy It's very good but I had to take breaks to read other things. 2y
Gayan I know it‘s going to be a hard read but an important one. 2y
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I found this book to be amazing. A must read. While it is a little old Krakauer does an amazing job of telling the stories from the victims. Truly a great book and a must read at such times

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Here's a bunch of #LitsyTips I put together in a post a couple of weeks ago: http://litsy.com/p/RzZCTVZYU1ND 2y
DivaDiane My husband has read this, and I've been meaning to. My brother lives in Missoula. But old? It was published 2 years ago! 2y
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High ratings for putting the spotlight on rape culture with Missoula as example. I wasn't very impressed by the writing, but that has been a pattern for me with this author.

Hooked_on_books I thought this book was outstanding. It's good to see a solid, well-explored and reported book on rape from a man. Until men take rape seriously as a crime it will keep happening at high rates. (edited) 2y
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Listened to this driving to JAX to pick up my sister, who is carless and easily fatigued after being hit by an unidentified driver going >100mph who ran into the swamp, abandoning a car with stolen plates. Thankfully, she is healing physically, but she is psychologically wounded by being victimized without recourse.

I imagine that what these survivors are recounting is equally traumatic, and I am angry for them, too. WE.MUST.STOP.IT.NOW!

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Listened to the audiobook while driving, which was hard to do at times & took a long break halfway through the book. However, it should be MANDATORY READING FOR EVERYONE!!!! How rape is handled in this country is abysmal, especially how it's handled on our college campuses. Alcohol is a major problem in this country as well & young ppl of both sexes need to curtail its consumption. I'm glad I made it through college without experiencing this.

AmyG A very disturbing book. I am happy my girls are out of college. 2y
ReadingEnvy It was very good although I think a lot of people see the title and think "oh Missoula is bad" when the author shows how the stats are similar everywhere. I work with Title Ix stuff at my job and it's eye opening to be surem 2y
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I finished this audiobook a few days ago, but I needed some time to process it. I found it disturbing, infuriating, and very, very good. As a lawyer, I understand the difficulty of getting hard evidence in a rape case. But as the author points out, acquaintance rape seems to require a much higher bar for conviction than other crimes do. People get convicted on circumstantial evidence in other crimes...whether they should or not.

Important read.

ReadingSusan This was such a hard book to read but you are correct it's very important to read. 2y
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I'm jealous of people who can listen to audiobooks at work every day. Yesterday I had a project that allowed me to listen to a good chunk of Missoula, and it was so nice to have that extra reading time. I won't have that today, and it's a shame, because this book is compelling. I'm halfway through, and so glad I picked it up.

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I started this one last night on audio. It's an excellent choice for an audiobook - it promises to keep my attention, which can be a problem for me with audiobooks. #usareadingroadtrip Montana.


So weird to see news coverage live from Missoula, Montana about this Special Election & no mention of the rape crisis that I'm sure is continuing in that town. I had to take a break from Missoula bc it was so emotionally heavy & Disc 6 kept skipping, but watching CNN just reminded me of this. Random post, but wanted to share my thoughts.

Megabooks My dad defended the candidate. I was all 1. Violence is never right and 2. I was pushed over a chair by a candidate's son for trying to get a quote, so shut the **** up. 😡😡😡 2y
AmyG A very disturbing book. 2y
MyNamesParadise @Booksandcooks both my parents and my grandfather voted for Trump and they have a hard time seeing where he's corrupt bc they hated the Clintons so much. And those men they interviewed who said the whole thing isn't a big deal are prob the same ones who fathered rapists that were featured in the book Missoula. 2y
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MyNamesParadise @AmyG yes it is- there's no reprieve it's all dark throughout. I'm grateful for the break from it. It's hard to listen to as audio but I made it halfway through Disc 6 (out of 10 discs total) so I'll have to finish it, but I'll be glad when it's done! 2y
MyNamesParadise @Booksandcooks I hope you're ok!!! 2y
Megabooks @MyNamesParadise Thanks! I'm fine. It was years ago. My dad is really bad now that Trump's been elected. He hated the Clintons too. He's bad at checking his privilege. 2y
MyNamesParadise @Booksandcooks my mom is bad now. My dad is seeing the writing on the wall with the healthcare and tax stuff. But he's a chameleon, he'll say stuff to match who he is with, but he switched to republican so he could vote for Trump in both the primary and general elections. So that says a LOT. 🙄 2y
ReadingEnvy I think the rape stats are the same everywhere but Missoula's law enforcement is sure a lesson in how NOT to handle these cases. 2y
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#truth - I have been putting off this difficult nonfiction since it came out but broke down and bought it today. Second truth - I was browsing the used book store for my #SummerSantaGoesPostal but ended up with 6 books for $36 all for me. 😳I couldn't say no! I ordered some online books for my match and have an inadvertent theme to my gift!


ReadingEnvy Yeah this was not one I could read straight through. 3y
prowlix @ReadingEnvy I had debated about trying it on audio but I think reading it with breaks is probably better for me personally 3y
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Book spinny rack: the perfect small apartment book storage solution!!

Shemac77 Genius! 3y
Sace I want one! JEALOUS. 3y
JoeStalksBeck Gah!! I love that! 3y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣Perfection!! 3y
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Listening to this book is so heartbreaking ??? The victim blaming, the misogyny, other women covering for rapists makes me so fucking angry ?????. At 25 I've never had a boyfriend & never tried bc I dont trust ppl in general or society to treat me fairly, especially in Trump's America. I'm sick of feeling like I don't matter & terrified that if something happened 2 me I wouldnt be believed even though "I have a clean record" in that regard

CouronneDhiver Sounds intense. I'm adding to my TBR list... important subject matter 3y
TrishB You do matter, as do we all 💗 3y
MyNamesParadise @CouronneDhiver it's something I shouldn't be reading probably bc of my anger and trust issues anyway. I deliberately avoided trying to meet people in college because I didn't want to end up like a statistic. Even though I don't drink. I don't trust younger men in this country or really anywhere to respect women and not to shame & blame them. 3y
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MyNamesParadise @TrishB doesn't feel like it in Trumps America 😞😞 3y
Julsmarshall I'm having a hard time starting this one for many of the same reasons. I'm so sorry you are having such a tough time. I know for me it is important to remember that there are good men out there who are on our side. Hang in there, we are here for you 😘 3y
TrishB 😔 sorry you're feeling that bad. 3y
RaimeyGallant You echo the sentiments of many women. 3y
MyNamesParadise @Julsmarshall the audiobook is a long 10 discs and hopefully I can finish it. I'm glad there are supposed "good" men out there but I personally don't know of any on a close level except my 87 year old Pop Pop! And even he is sexist and other "ists". Thank you!! Thank goodness for Litsy!!! @TrishB thank you! It shall get better- that's what most say. I have good days & bad days. With my anxiety & depression though it's like being on a see saw. 3y
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Found a few #truecrime books on my shelves for #SEEWHATIHAVEWON from the one and only @Liberty !

ClairesReads Love true crime!!! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ClairesReads I like them when history is involved, or in the case of Missoula religions/cults. But family members killing each other, not so much. 3y
ClairesReads @BarbaraTheBibliophage yes I definitely agree 3y
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ptkpepe98 "In the Garden of Beasts" was a fascinating glimpse into preWWII Germany, if course, from the perspective of decades later. I still don't understand the decisions so many world leaders made to ignore what was happening. If course, today's leaders aren't necessarily any more willing to stand up against an evil, corrupt leader. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ptkpepe98 I really need to read this one soon! So many books I choose right now are because I'm hoping for an explanation of current US politics. No luck so far, though. 3y
MyNamesParadise I was in the middle of listening to Missoula but then Elizabeth Warren's book on cd came in and that had holds on it so I put that in but Missoula was so heartbreaking just based on the first disc! 3y
ptkpepe98 @BarabaraTheBibliophage - current US politics are perhaps an outcome of apathy and disbelief. Apathy insofar as voters turning out for unpopular, corporate, brand candidates, and disbelief that truth is apparently a moving target. That's what I have concluded, anyway. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MyNamesParadise I've heard that about Missoula. How is the Elizabeth Warren book? 3y
MyNamesParadise @BarbaraTheBibliophage it's really informative but also sad about how little republican lawmakers care about the middle and working classes. Bc companies like Walmart don't provide a living wage and health insurance the American taxpayers pay 153 BILLION each year to subsidize those people's healthcare, rent, food, etc. it made me so angry & the Walton family are billionaires & among the richest in the country. We need more ppl like Warren! 3y
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A tough read, but so important. Krakauer's writing isn't as refined as I'd like it to be, but the university case study is a page turner. I was horrified at each detailed rape story, but even harder than those were the detailed trial stories. I understand why women don't want to report sexual assaults; what they go through in the courtroom is nauseating. I think this book should be required reading for every high school senior.

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More about the criminal system and how rape cases go than about the culture of rape on college campuses, but still well worth the read. The author admits that he had no idea how pervasive rape is, nor how long the damage lasts. Not an easy read.

SarahK I read about half of this last week, but decided to take a little break. It's really upsetting material, but really important. 3y
ReadingEnvy @SarahK I read it in small spurts because it's rough! 3y
PrincessLibrarian I have about 9% left, but it's taking FOREVER 3y
ReadingEnvy @PrincessLibrarian yeah the actual trials weren't as interesting to me 3y
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