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Where the Past Begins

Readers of Tan's novels will enjoy learning about the inspiration behind many of her stories. Book clubs and those who enjoy writers' memoirs, stories about difficult families, or children-of-immigrants narratives will also find much to savor. [See Prepub Alert, 4/24/17.]

Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption

This sobering account of both a wrongful conviction and the structural impediments to fixing miscarriages of justice (with a gut punch of a closing paragraph) is for readers and book groups interested in social justice, legal history, and civil rights. [See Prepub Alert, 2/27/17.]

The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

Readers who wonder what draws writers to grisly crimes will find insight here. The interwoven stories of author and subject will appeal to both true crime and memoir readers.

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Ghost Songs

Book groups will find much to discuss if they're willing to broach the topics in this beautifully rendered work. [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/16.]

The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels and Became the King's Secret Agent

For readers interested in royal intrigue, those who enjoyed Hutchinson's other histories, and biography buffs who prefer their subjects a bit bloodthirsty.

The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City

For readers who prefer thoughtfulness to titillation. The murders may not have been widely known outside of Brownsville, but this book will be.

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness

This book is valuable, often difficult reading. Pair with Jill Leovy's Ghettoside for powerful, if upsetting, analysis of the failures of our criminal justice system. For readers interested in social justice, mental health care, and well-written narrative nonfiction.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

An important book for anyone interested in crime in America. Academics and casual viewers of police procedurals alike will find this a worthwhile read. [See Prepub Alert, 7/28/14.]

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