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While the City Slept
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness | Eli Sanders
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BingedMaking a Murderer? Try . . . [this] riveting portrait of a tragic, preventable crime. Entertainment WeeklyA Pulitzer Prizewinning reporters gripping account of one young mans path to murderand a wake-up call formental health care in America On a summer night in 2009, three lives intersected in one American neighborhood. Two people newly in loveTeresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper, who spent many years trying to find themselves and who eventually found each otherand a young man on a dangerous psychological descent: Isaiah Kalebu, age twenty-three, the son of a distant, authoritarian father and a mother with a family history of mental illness. All three paths forever altered by a violent crime, all three stories a wake-up call to the system that failed to see the signs. In this riveting, probing, compassionate account of a murder in Seattle, Eli Sanders, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the crime, offers a deeply reported portrait in microcosm of the state of mental health care in this countryas well as an inspiring story of love and forgiveness. Culminating in Kalebusdangerous slide toward violenceobserved by family members, police, mental health workers, lawyers, and judges, but stopped by no oneWhile the City Slept is the story of a crime of opportunity and of the string of missed opportunities that made it possible. It shows what can happen when a disturbed member of society repeatedly falls through the cracks, and in the tradition of The Other Wes Moore and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, is an indelible, human-level story, brilliantly told, with the potential to inspire social change.From the Hardcover edition.
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Bklover
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Well, Day 1 of the Litsy Walking Challenge is in the books! It looks pretty bleak out there! Bottom left is my house from the back. Kinda proud of myself- we can do this @kaye ! Thanks for the inspiration @DarcysMom !

#LitsyWalkers

DarcysMom I an super proud of you going out in big snow like that! 13mo
julesG 👏👏👏👏 13mo
Bklover Thanks @DarcysMom ! It wasn‘t bad at all- I actually enjoyed myself. Plus I discovered that my coat has a handy little zippered pocket right up by my chin (sort of to the left) that I can play the audiobook without using earbuds. Was nice in the cold! 13mo
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Kaye Missy ! Good for you. You made it out into the snow and enjoyed it ! Yes we can do this. We are representing the Boomers here so we have to show them we‘re made of tough stuff. It looks like you have nice flat ground to walk on so that helps too. It‘ll get easier to do the longer you stick with it. You‘ll see. Pretty soon it‘s part of your daily routine. Thanks for participating. 13mo
Bklover Thanks Julie! @kaye 13mo
TrishB Great pics 👍🏻 13mo
Bklover @TrishB Thanks- it‘s a little bleak out there today. Snowing again now. 💜💜 (edited) 13mo
Lauram 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
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GondorGirl
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In 2009 a man broke into Teresa Butz and her girlfriend Jennifer Hopper's home. He repeatedly raped both women, then stabbed them. Jennifer survived. Teresa did not.

This isn't just a true crime book, it's a story of the lives of two women who lived and loved, and of the friends and family who adored them.

It's also the story of Isaiah Kalebu- a young man who fell through the cracks of a country with failing mental health care.

#nonfiction2018

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This is an imperative look at the way our justice system fails those with mental illness. Isaiah Kalebu broke into the house of Theresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper one night and after brutally assaulting and raping both women, he fatally stabbed Theresa. The ensuing trial displayed the obvious failure that had been going on for years with treating Isaiah‘s mental health issues. As important as it is, I was a bit bored.

Ddzmini Wow 2y
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Kaye
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The framework of this story is pretty easy to describe. A young man with a long history of mental illness breaks into a home and brutally attacks two women. Seattle, 2009. The author does a great job describing the main characters in detail, and shining a light on our mental health care system in our country, when many people fall through the cracks that are dangers to themselves and others.

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RanaElizabeth
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Needed a palate cleanser between finishing The Expanse published works and starting The Broken Earth series again in anticipation of the third coming out this month. True crime non-fiction seems like a good break.

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saguarosally
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Powerful. Compelling. I wish someone would clearly see that there is mental illness and if that is addressed, perhaps Mr. Kalebu could contribute to society, though now from inside prison walls.

Notafraidofwords I want to read this but I'm absolutely terrified. 3y
cathysaid Such a good book! Sad, yet fascinating. 3y
saguarosally @Notafraidofwords After the initial scene it's more sadly fascinating than terrifying. He really tries not to get into graphic detail of sexual assault. 3y
saguarosally @cathysaid Absolutely. Also, it leaves open the question of who is next. 3y
Notafraidofwords @saguarosally it might give it a try. 3y
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JennaAZ
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This story was very well told, though (expectedly) tragic. Sanders tells the story of Jennifer and Theresa with care and respect, and tells Isaiah's story with the same care while highlighting the many ways in which the system failed all three of them. Isaiah's labyrinthine journey through the courts bogged the story down somewhat, but otherwise this was difficult to put down. 4 stars.

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Shay
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The top non-fiction list was easier than the fiction list, but it was still hard to winnow it down: goo.gl/ LxGjw0

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cathysaid
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Thank you Littens for a fabulous first month on Litsy. ❤️ I've enjoyed the interaction with fellow book addicts so much! Here's to building that TBR pile even higher.

#bestofNovember #photoadayNov16

TrishB Great pic 😀 3y
Suzze You can't help but make that TBR higher, and higher, and higher from Litten's recommendations. 3y
Reviewsbylola While the City Slept has been on my TBR list for awhile. 3y
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rubyslippersreads Mine has evolved from a pile into a mountain. 😄 3y
KarenUK All the 💕for Station Eleven 3y
Cinfhen Cool graphics and great reads❤️ 3y
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cathysaid
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Poignant yet gruesome, beautiful yet disturbing. Seems contradictory, but I promise it delivers. Sanders, a journalist who covered the story and the trial, describes key players and events in the brutal murder of Teresa Butz in Seattle in 2009. It is a love story as well as a tragedy, exposing the shameful state of our mental health system and how it, as well as the murderer, are both guilty of this heinous crime. #nonfictionnovember

RanaElizabeth I've had this out from the library for a while. Glad to hear it's good, now maybe I'll actually read it! 3y
Reviewsbylola I've been meaning to read this! 3y
Sweettartlaura I think a friend of mine told me about this when it happened - I think she knew the family😢 3y
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Shay
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Next two book club picks!

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mrldg

I had to read Eli Sander's wonderfully sensitive portrayal of this horrible tragedy, which occurred a few miles from my house. I am in awe of the resilience Jennifer has shown. This is staying with me, many thoughts about childhood trauma, about building resiliences in families, about community mental health systems, so much more.

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DaphneAdair
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Recommended. More questions than answers in this book, and that turns out to be good. Mostly it doesn't detail the horrors of the night itself, and that is good, too. Jennifer Hopper is remarkable.

DaphneAdair Also: Reading the judge's hopeful comments that their marriage would one day be legal: a high point. 4y
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DaphneAdair
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Even if we didn't know how this was going to end, we can guess how it would end. Poor Isaiah. I imagine Rowan being in his position - which he is decidedly not, but he has similar traits as Isaiah did at a young age.
(Next: a little break from the intensity!)

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DaphneAdair
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GEEZ. This book, Jennifer and Teresa's story, has got me in its grip and won't let me go. I know Isaiah's story is coming too.

Rabbitandraven Since reading this post, I have spent so much time thinking about what I recall about reading his Stranger article about Teresa and Jennifer. I'm so appreciative I can see the book via your posts. It is certainly going on my maybe-someday-when-I'm-ready list. 4y
DaphneAdair Glad I can share it and make it a double win. Isaiah's life story is so painful. @Rabbitandraven 4y
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DaphneAdair
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I took a break to read and knit while Ro put together Legos in the other room with Seth. I'm both rested and sad now--this is not a pretty story (of course, we already know how it ends). Eli Sanders is a great writer and worked hard on this.

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Emilie

"True crime" at its most sensitive and best. Sanders' beautiful portrayal of the victims and compassionate examination of the perpetrator are unmatched. I was so moved.

JoeStalksBeck Do you listen to the True Murder podcast? 4y
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Shay
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This is a love story, a tragedy, and a gruesome murder mystery. But it is harrowing not merely because of the violence it recounts, but because of the way it methodically exposes the flaws and failures of the mental health and criminal justice systems in Washington State. Http://www.goo.gl/kTj7Mx

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Shay
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Also listening to this local interest (Seattle) book. Gut wrenching read about a terrible crime and how the system fails the mentally ill. Eli Saunders won a Pulitzer for his newspaper coverage of these events.

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