Started a new book…


Have been enjoying a poetry anthology & John Updike’s Hugging the Shore this week.  I think I read a true crime book, too.  What was it?  Oh, yeah, Jack Olsen’s Cold Kill.  He’s a favorite of mine, as you know if you’ve read my previous accolades about him and Updike, too.

Needed some more nonfiction.  So Better World Books was having an Earth Day sale & I ordered 3.  When they arrived, my husband told me he and Barrett were joking about the titles of the books–“A True Crime Interpreted via Documentary”, or some such thing.    I love documentaries, too.  If there is a Hollywood film out about a true story, I’ll check to see if there is a documentary on the same subject.  If there is, I watch that instead.

The titles are actually a little morbid than usual.  These are the books I ordered:  Nazi Doctors, Medical Killing & the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton.  I’ve started this very thorough book first.  I hadn’t studied the holocaust for a long time, and I’ve never studied Nazi ideology before.  I’m finding it interesting.  He interviewed many doctors who were Nazis and prisoners.  I also ordered Stiff-The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  She is a science writer, and the book is macabre, but humorous, according to the reviews.  A Twitter friend said it was excellent.  The last book I ordered was Bad Blood-A Family Murder in Marin County, by Richard Levine.  It’s one of those I may have read before, but don’t remember.  I’ll may remember when I read it.  I needed a straight true crime story.  Something about them interests me.  I think it is “what happens to bring people to a point where they kill or are killed?”  I’m interested from both a psychological & a sociological standpoint. 

I think the Lifton book may be slow going.  Stiff appears to be a quick read.  The Levine book appears thorough.  I always respect true crime books that don’t have pictures, although, the pictures fascinate me.  It’s helpful to have a face to place with a name in the book.  However, if it doesn’t have pictures it seems a little more credible, and it usually is, and better written.

So, off to bed to read awhile, and I’ll keep you posted!



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