To the potential disappointment of some readers,
“Furious Hours” is not structured as a typical murder
mystery or courtroom drama. But it’s a rich, ambitious,
beautifully written book. A gifted journalist who has
written frequently for the New Yorker, Cep has
imposed order here by providing biographical portraits
of three figures: Maxwell, Radney and Lee. Each
section moves the intrigue forward while rendering the
lives of these real people, and the forces at work
within them, as fully and fairly as possible.
John Glassie, Washington Post
The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that
Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird
“A triumph on every level . . . Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing
story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth.” —
David Grann, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon Reverend
Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family
members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy
lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the
funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s
murderer was acquitted–thanks to the same attorney who had previously
defended the Reverend. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial
was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native
Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime
classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen
years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years
working on her own version of the case. Now Casey Cep brings this story
to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial
politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving
portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with
fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.
The Overstory by Richard Powers
After the Party by Cressida Connolly
June will be leading the discussion and Kim will be hosting us at her lovely home and stuffing us full of marinated shrimp and tomato tarts -I love SUMMER!
Please let us know if you can come and if so what you will bring!
Our July pick courtesy of Fran will be “Heavy” by Kiese Laymon. Click here for a review from NPR
Our almost reads for the month were
The Size of Everything: a Memoir by Jenna McCarthy
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Ann Dielan is hosting our group for May and I will be leading the discussion of Educated. Ann is making shrimp and orzo (YUM!) please leave a comment below to RSVP and let us know what you will be bringing.
June picked our June read : “Bad Blood” by James Carryou
Here is a teaser about the book from
Books like Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup are the main reason I do not read much fiction. Again and again, the reality surpasses the imagination. Had Bad Blood been fiction, many readers would have judged the plot to be completely unrealistic. To fool so many notorious industry and political (and probably intelligent) celebrities for so long could not happen in reality.
However, it did – in broad daylight.
Bad Blood is the story of Theranos, a Silicon Valley startup whose charismatic female founder, Elizabeth Holmes, over 15 years, managed to raise close to one billion dollars from prominent investors including Larry Ellison and Rupert Murdoch, won hotshots such as Henry Kissinger and James Mattis for her board and was appointed Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship by President Obama before The Wall Street Journal, with deep-digging journalism, started a process ending up documenting that the company was not only based on lies, falsehood, bullying and fraud but also endangered human life.
Other suggested -including the a book by the Author Elena Ferranted whom
June gushed about at our April Meeting – H
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
We will be meeting Thursday the 11th @ 6:30. Fran is our hostess and she will be stewing up seafood! Crabcakes if available or shrimp dish if not. I am sure we can get creative around that exciting main. Please leave comment below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.
We will be discussing Behold the Dreamers.
Excited to be celebrating Pi Day with my favorite literary cadre. Lissy will be our host and will be making Chicken Curry. Please leave a comment below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.