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Lizzie Borden: Resurrections: A history of the people surrounding the Borden case before, during, and after the trial Paperback – June 27, 2014
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About the Author
Sherry Chapman is a freelance writer who was raised in the small town of Rockwood, Michigan. A life-long writer at heart, she has held many jobs in the writing field including ghostwriting, critiquing, and as a reader for a well-known publishing house. Sherry has been writing in the Lizzie Borden field since 1999 when she began to write humor for The Lizzie Borden Quarterly, and soon was named their Resident Humorist by editor, Maynard Bertolet. When the LBQ ceased publication, she was invited by Dr. Stefani Koorey to join the staff of her new magazine, The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden & Victorian Studies, where she once again was the Resident Humorist, writing two likeable features each issue: “Dear Abby” (where she composed and answered humorous letters as Abby Borden) and “Bridget’s Kitchen” (where she took on the voice of the Bordens’ Irish servant, sharing the latest Borden in-home happenings with an authentic Irish recipe from olden days.) Today she is also the Humor Editor for a second publication of Dr. Koorey’s, The Literary Hatchet. She has had numerous Borden historical articles published as well. She also writes on the subject of General Custer. She and her husband of over 30 years enjoy traveling, good people, two cats from a shelter and a hilarious dog of unknown origin obtained from an animal rescue shelter. She and her husband raised great kids, and they are very proud grandparents. Sherry has homes in Minnesota and upstate New York.
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The book serves two audiences. It is a satisfying addendum for readers who are already familiar with the Lizzie Borden case and its participants and periphery who were, in one way or another, part of the Borden legend. Readers who are very familiar with the players involved during the period from the days preceding the crime in 1892 to Lizzie's death in 1927 will be fascinated by the revelations Ms. Chapman offers about each character's past, how each came to be involved in Lizzie's world, and what each went on to do long after the trial. The deaths of these same individuals are also covered in the book, many of whose obituaries are reproduced in full and accompanied by photographs of the monuments and markers of their burial sites.
The book is also perfectly suited for the ever-growing number of students newly interested in learning about the Lizzie Borden case. The list of names of parties involved--i.e., those whose participation lay in the legal aspect of the case and those whose significance unfolded more or less behind the scenes--is a long list to be sure. Grasping who is who comes with time. Learning the major players by name and occupation and his or her association with the case is the result of an osmosis that occurs after reading the plethora of literature that tells the account of the crime and subsequent legal proceedings. The new student reading these accounts would benefit greatly by using Ms. Chapman's book as a handy reference. The narratives quickly identify the various individuals and their contextual histories.
Ms. Chapman may consider adding an alphabetized index of names with page numbers at the end of the book in subsequent editions of her book. The book is organized in generalized chapters or categories, such as "The Family" and "The Law," but there is no all-purpose listing of names to consult to find where their write-ups appear in the book. If, for example, I wanted to read the entry about Bridgett Sullivan, I would rather consult an index for a page number than fan though the book in search of a heading bearing her name. I read the book from cover to cover, so I know Bridgett Sullivan is included in the book. However, because there is no index, if I were to use the book solely as a reference, I would not know if an entry for the Borden maid existed.
Nevertheless, I consider the lack of an index a grossly insignificant inconvenience. The book's accolades are earned by the author's breadth of research, the laugh-out-loud passages about the author's (mis)adventures as she conducted her research, and the easy-going, unpretentious manner in which Ms. Chapman chose to relate her narrative.
Highly recommend reading.
First of all, she had to develop the concept, which to the best of my knowledge, had never before occurred. Secondly, the research must have been most exhaustive and time consuming. Thirdly, putting the multiplicity of these words into logical divisions and thought patterns was superb. and finally, the pictures magnified the work and adding the tombstones garnished the entire book.
Thank you Mrs. Chapman. It would be particularly welcome if these old eyes might once again take great pleasure in reading your next book. Don't let us down!
Maynard F. Bertolet