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The Man from the Train: A Midwest Murder Case for the History Books

Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James’ The Man from the Train opens with the brutal murder of 8 people in the quiet town of Villisca, Iowa during the summer of 1912.

The murders rocked the tiny town and fed the newly burgeoning press scene with half truths and speculation. Though the press could be wildly unhelpful, authorities could now see a continued pattern of murders stringing along the rail lines from small town to small town in the Midwest thanks to the reporting and sharing of information across county and state lines. Read More..

Three Graphic Novel Recommendations, Part 2

If you’ve ever taken a creative writing class, you’ve no doubt heard the writing workshop mantra: “Show, don’t tell.” Combine that with the old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and you’ve got the sweet spot that graphic novels inhabit–a medium that can pair compelling narrative with evocative illustrations can convey nuances of emotion and experience unavailable to words alone. Read More..

Like, Try, Why: Nonfiction by Women Writers

We’ve explored a lot of fiction in our like, try, why series, but this week we thought we’d offer some reading suggestions for fans of nonfiction. These books are all written by women who examine culture. Read More..