The Fact of A Body

The Fact of A Body

A Murder and A Memoir

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"Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes -- the moment she hears him speak of his crimes -- she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky's childhood, and by examining his case, is forced to face her own story, unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250080547
1250080541
9781250080561
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Ma
Description: viii, 326 pages ; 25 cm

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The author was staunchly anti-death penalty until she met a murderer and was shocked to find she wanted him dead.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 10, 2017

The author was against the death penalty - until she met a murderer and strongly wanted him dead. This reaction forced her to dig up family secrets of her own.


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CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 10, 2017

The author was against the death penalty - until she met a murderer and strongly wanted him dead. This reaction forced her to dig up family secrets of her own.

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aafleming
Oct 19, 2017

I had just checked out and then not bothered to read another "serial killer" book, and decided that I was sick of this genre, usually involving a woman who becomes interested in some particularly savage serial killer and then writes a book about trying to "understand" him.

This book is sort of like that but is a complete departure from that genre and is fascinating! It is different from any "true crime" novel I have ever read and, once started, is impossible to put down. Would highly recommend it.

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stefanas
Aug 21, 2017

One of the best books I've read this year. The author deftly parallels her own family history with a murder case that she has become obsessed with. As a lawyer, from a family of lawyers, she writes with a clear-headedness that is absent from most memoirs. If you are interested in true crime or memoir (or both!), this is a must read.

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MplsTA
Jul 02, 2017

From the first page, this book pulled me right in. I have always liked true crime and this book is part true crime and part memoir.

The story is disturbing from covering a murdering pedophile to the author's sexual assault from her grandfather. I can see how this book may upset some readers.

RidnLibn Jun 04, 2017

A young law student works on a case to remove a convicted killer from Death Row. She realizes there are awful parallels between her life and that of the killer. The crimes are horrific. But Marzano-Lesnevich's meticulous research and gorgeous writing make this memoir a riveting read. "The Fact of a Body" is absolutely one of the best books of 2017. Not to be missed...

LPL_MeredithW May 06, 2017

"The Fact of a Body" almost defies description: it's a disturbing, moving, thought-provoking read that starts with a crime and widens in scope to consider how memory and experience shape who we are and how we exist in the world. There are passages in this book that made my stomach turn and other passages that made my heart ache, often in reference to the same people. This book isn't afraid to ask questions for which it doesn't have answers; it consciously refuses simple identification or definitions. It's not an easy read, and it's not going to be for everyone, but it's a richly rewarding meditation on truth and responsibility that I'll be carrying with me for a long time to come.

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