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The Red Parts: A Memoir Hardcover – Import, 13 March 2007

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Nelson's aunt, whom she never met, was brutally killed in 1969 and thought to be part of the infamous "Michigan Murders." Three decades later, DNA evidence leads investigators to a new suspect on the eve of the publication of Nelson's own personal investigation, a book of poetry about her aunt titled Jane (2005). This causes Nelson to reexamine the effect her aunt's murder had on her family and their habits (an understandable aversion to violence against women in movies, for example). Alternating between the current trial and her family history, Nelson's account is lucid, her head clear, and her writing strong. Memories of her childhood--particularly of her father, who died when she was a girl--are the most emotionally charged elements. But her wry and honest account of the clownish calamity of the courtroom and the impending media circus (Nelson was on 48 Hours Mystery) are also affecting. Given the popularity of crime TV, this is a much-needed reminder of the long, painful aftermath of heinous crimes. Emily Cook
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About the Author

Maggie Nelson is the author of three books of poetry: Jane: A Murder, finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir; The Latest Winter; and Shiner, finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Currently she is on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts in Valencia, California, and lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Publisher : Free Press (13 March 2007)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 141653203X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1416532033
  • Item Weight : 318 g
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.23 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, meditative piece
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS "JANE"
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