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Megan Abbott is an American author of crime fiction and a non-fiction analysis of hardboiled crime fiction. Her novels and short stories have drawn from and re-worked classic subgenres of crime writing, from a female perspective.
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The Mission
A True Story
David W Brown - Jan 26, 2021
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A masterful, genre-defying narrative of the most ambitious science project ever conceived: NASA’s deep space mission to Europa, the Jovian moon where might swim the first known alien life in our solar systemIn the spirit of Tom Wolfe and John McPhee, The Mission is an exuberant master class of creative nonfiction that reveals how a motley, determin...
Megan Abbott
Jan 27, 2021
@janetsomerville @dwbwriter @customhousebks A fantastic book!!      source
Hidden Valley Road
Inside the Mind of an American Family
Robert Kolker - Apr 07, 2020
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The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve chil...
Megan Abbott
Mar 30, 2020
This is truly a spectacular book, haunting and humane. I couldn't stop turning the pages. The perfect book to lose yourself in right now.      source
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The Last Taxi Driver
Lee Durkee - Mar 03, 2020
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Written by a former cabbie, The Last Taxi Driver is a darkly comic novel about a middle-aged hackie’s daylong descent into madness, heartbreak, and murder. Lou—a lapsed novelist and UFO aficionado—drives 70-hour weeks for a ramshackle taxi company that operates on the outskirts of a north Mississippi college town among the trailer parks and housing...
Megan Abbott
Mar 17, 2020
@karlspaeth @Gabino_Iglesias @ericbeetner Thank you!! I've been ordering so many from all my favorite indies, including the Lee Durkee's Last Taxi Driver. Books sometimes save us.      source
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Under the Bridge
Rebecca Godfrey - Jun 25, 2019 (first published in 2005)
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“A swift, harrowing classic perfect for these unnerving times.” —Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of SpeculationOne moonlit night, fourteen-year-old Reena Virk went to join friends at a party and never returned home.In this “tour de force of crime reportage” (Kirkus Reviews), acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey takes us into the hidden world of the seven...
Megan Abbott
Jul 01, 2019
Savoring this glorious reissue of UNDER THE BRIDGE by Rebecca Godfrey, one of my all-time favorite books of both true crime and female adolescence. A marvel of a book, not to be missed.      source