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Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America Hardcover – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817317538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817317539
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Through newspaper accounts and copious interviews, Hollars has wrought a highly stylized . . . account of the murder [of Michael Donald] and its aftermath, with discussions of two other homicides. . . . However, the substantive central narrative justifies the effort of following these twists and turns. Hollars compares Donald's legacy to those of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, James Meredith, and Martin Luther King Jr. Though this might be a stretch, Donald's life and death are certainly worth remembering."--Publishers Weekly


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“Hollars puts a creative spin on his analysis of three lynching cases in the American South . . . With meticulous detailing, the author describes the three cases, individually and, in concluding updates, how they coalesce. . . . Hollars’ text is scholarly and comprehensive but delivered in a fresh, far-from-dry journalistic style. . . . The author is also quite astute at drawing meaningful comparisons. He discusses Donald’s lynching in 1981 alongside the murder of gay man Matthew Shepard in 1998, each established as a 'hate crime' and further solidifying the terminology in police work and legislation alike. A creatively written, edifying work of historical significance and a boon for those interested in Southern race relations.”—Kirkus Reviews

 



"Thirteen Loops [is] a cogent and valuable history, documented extensively in a lengthy bibliography; it is an important academic document. It is more than that, though. It is written in story form, conversationally, as though recounted by a friend, and this form makes it a very personal experience to read. It makes Thirteen Loops one of those rare books that is impossible to put down, that is transformative, that will remain forever in memory."--Haydens Ferry Review

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B.J. Hollars is the editor of You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside The Story. He received his M.F.A in Creative Writing from The University of Alabama and has published in North American Review, Ninth Letter, and The Southeast Review, among others.  He is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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B.J. Hollars of Fort Wayne, Indiana is the author of several books, including Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America--the winner of the 2012 Society of Midland Authors Award for Nonfiction--Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight For Tuscaloosa, and a short story collection, Sightings (Break Away Books/Indiana University Press, 2013). He is the editor of You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside The Story (Writer's Digest Books, 2009), Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings (Pressgang, 2012) and Blurring the Boundaries: Explorations to the Fringes of Nonfiction (University of Nebraska Press, 2013). He is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Todt on October 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Thirteen Loops is one story, three stories, thirteen. Each "loop," or chapter, corresponds to a place and time, but the book is far more compelling than its clever organization. Thirteen Loops takes us from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Mobile to tell the story of the last lynching in America. Moving from the thirties into the late seventies and early eighties, it examines relationships between race-related violence, but it resists making the kind of grand sweeping proclamations that suggest there are definitive answers that will satisfy us as both readers and citizens: "It's easy to draw connections, tracing a path from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Mobile. From 1933 to 1979 to 1981. However, it's far more difficult to ensure these paths lead to some greater truth." The book chronicles with extensive research and an elegant prose style the events in the manner of a 3rd-person omniscient. But the true elegance of the book is that it claims no such omniscience. Although it abhors violence--racial and otherwise--it does not point fingers or succumb to stereotype. Thirteen Loops confronts the black eyes of our collective history with restraint and an endearing objectivity. This book is neither a Hollywood hype-up nor another dull, one-sided middle school textbook. It is the honest endeavor to discover just how we as humans come to beat and hang our brethren in a tree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. on December 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As someone who grew up in the south, I've seen echoes of the cases discussed in 13 Loops my entire life. Relatives warned me not to pull over in certain counties. Friends have felt the need to explain why I was never invited to their houses for dinner. This book made reconsider how a lot of the chance encounters, random walks home from the bar, or late night traffic stops could have turned out for me. With a wrong turn, I could have been Michael Donald. With the wrong parents, any of my closest friends could have been transformed into Henry Hays or Tiger Knowles.

It would have been easy to create another didactic book about race and racism. Luckily, Hollar's book avoids that pitfall. While he never loses track of the gravity of his subject matter, the book carries a tone and narrative that encourages conversation rather than condemnation or solemn silence, and that's a hard thing to accomplish when dealing with difficult subject matter. Racial division in this country is more complicated than North vs. South, black vs. white, and Hollars does a wonderful job of explaining that complexity while still creating an accessible and compelling narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morning Star on October 17, 2011
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I learned so much about some of the ugliest aspects of America's vigilante behavior and the incredible racial hatred associated with the lynchings described in Thirteen Loops. That the author, BJ Hollars, was able to write so beautifully about such ugliness reveals his extraordinary literary skills. The stories are rich in research and detail and captivating in the use of language ans suspense. I think we can expect much from this author based on this first book.
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The book is well written for any age beginning at middle school and should be used as a text book in history classes covering slavery, hate groups and persistent prejudice.
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