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Jane: A Murder Paperback – September 13, 2016
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About the Author
Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, scholar, and nonfiction writer. In 2016 she was received a MacArthur "genius" grant. She is the author of five books of nonfiction, including The Argonauts (Graywolf Press, 2015), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and was a New York Times bestseller; a landmark work of cultural, art, and literary criticism titled The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011), which was featured on the front cover of the New York Times Book Review and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; the cult classic Bluets (Wave Books, 2009), which was named by Bookforum as one of the 10 best books of the past 20 years; a memoir about her family, media spectacle, and sexual violence titled The Red Parts (originally published by Free Press in 2007, reissued by Graywolf in 2016); and a critical study of painting and poetry titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa, 2007; winner, the Susanne M. Glassock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship). Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007), Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (Hanging Loose Press, 2003), and Shiner (Hanging Loose, 2001). She has been the recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant. She lives in Los Angeles.
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1593766580
- ISBN-13 : 978-1593766580
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches
- Publisher : Soft Skull Press; Reissue Edition (September 13, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #182,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maggie was about to release a poetic, journal, type memoir of the Aunt she never knew and go on a book tour when the old Sheriff called and said they found the killer and the trial would be next week !
Once more the family would have to go through the horrors of a brutal murder trial . Maggie Nelson does an excellent job writing about the feelings that go through her mind and she tries very hard to place you right in the middle of the conflicting family relationships that such stress asituation I could never imagine could happen . She writes clearly , precisely and sometimes bluntly about all of the details in the case which is definitely a difficult situation with which to pressure yourself to write so objectively as it seems Maggie Nelson holds it together. This was the first book about the details of her own research into the murder . She did go on to publish a memoir from some journals , poems and added poetry and comments about the way Maggie and her family felt throughout the whole ordeal. Maggie is also well known for writing Jason and the Argonauts!
Really an amazing way to explore such a personal yet painfully public event.
Definitely recommend to anyone interested in: poetry, true crime, psychology.
And maybe this is my own weird thing, and I know I’m about to compare it to a fiction story, but this really made me think of The Diary of Laura Palmer. I read it earlier in 2017 and it also had a sad, poetic, deeply human core that I identified with. Anyway. Read this one! It will take you max three hours!
It’s definitely not technically bad though.
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The only positive thing: A short read.
Otherwise a mixture of newspaper scraps etc. and thoughts floating through the author's mind. Likely being conceived while being tired on a train and hovering between being hardly awake and (day) dreaming?
Only recommendable for lovers of this genre / style. Otherwise: A severe case of waste of time and money.
Jane’s murder was the third in a series of seven. The killer was apprehended and sent to prison. The book shreds some doubt on whether the right killer was charged for Jane’s murder. This causes an unsatisfactory ending to the book as the real killer is not produced.
In the epistle Nelson writes that writing this book ‘is therapy for me.’ Signifying that the murder of her aunt, although occurring years before she was born had a monumental effect on her life. She begins the book under the section title The light of the mind (four dreams). This implies that the following prose were dreams of Nelsons.
The next section titled Figment - Nelson analyses the history of the word and the exact meaning of figment. Her grandfather had asked a reasonable question in response to Nelson telling him she's going to write a book about Jane (his daughter). “What will it be a figment of your imagination?” Nelson(2005,p.23) As a writer/reader I didn’t understand Nelsons viewpoint on the conversation as her Grandfather’s question seemed perfectly logical to me.
The collection of material is like looking through someones scrapbook. It’s interesting, maybe slightly haunting but a reader could feel robbed of their hard earned money. It seems more of a flick through than a sit down and read as the pages are sparse. Disappointingly the (scrap) book doesn't provide a cliff hanger or a provide any new information on the murder.