Non-Fiction Book Club

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Non-Fiction Book Club
Monday, June 26th
7pm - 8pm 
Leslie Klinger, editor of Anatomy of Innocence and Edgar-Winning Mystery Writer Jan Burke will be joining our discussion.
 
Mark Polak is the facilitator of our new Non-Fiction Book Club.  He has been attending our fiction book clubs for several years and is an avid reader.  He works for The Aerospace Corporation.  We welcome anyone who wishes to participate.  RSVPs are appreciated.  Call 310-318-0900 or email RSVP@pagesabookstore.com.

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers--including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan--while another exoneree's case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.

Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal--until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds's experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.

Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Cover Image
By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631490880
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.


Nathan Hill Author Event at the Manhattan Beach Library

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Nathan Hill 

Author of The Nix

Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm - Manhattan Beach Library

 

The Nix Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 30th, 2016

Winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
A New York Times
2016 Notable Book
Entertainment Weekly's #1 Book of the Year
A Washington Post 2016 Notable Book
A Slate Top Ten Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


The Nix Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101970348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
Entertainment Weekly's #1 Book of the Year
A Washington Post 2016 Notable Book
A Slate Top Ten Book