The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears him speak of his crimes―s...

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Title:The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
Author:Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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ISBN:1250080541
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Reviews

  • Mike Scalise
    Jan 15, 2017
    If you are a fan of true crime, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of memoir, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of legal thrillers, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of beautiful language, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of page-turners, this book is excellent. If you ar...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Mar 16, 2017
    The Fact of a Body was less a non fiction narrative and more a work of art – I don’t think I have been sucked into a book in the way this one sucked me in for a good long while. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich writes with such a beautiful, haunting quality that gets over so many layers of emo...
  • Jeanette
    May 18, 2017
    This is one of the best books I've ever read that cores a murder case which resulted in a death penalty conviction. It's one of the very few which although in the end tone seems to support a strong movement toward making death penalty executions a thing of the past; STILL- it fully reveals the other...
  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    May 14, 2017
    You can find all my reviews at www.itsbooktalk.comI've read several true crime books in the last couple years and they all seem to have one thing in common for me...they've brought me to tears and infiltrated my thoughts in such a way that I couldn't stop thinking about the people in the stories. Th...
  • Susan
    Apr 24, 2017
    It is hard to categorise this book – partly, it is the disturbing story of a murder, but it is much more than that. Part memoir, written almost as a novel, this is a painful, thoughtful account of a crime and how it affected those involved , but also how it changed the life of author Alexandria...
  • Emma
    May 05, 2017
    Blending the best facets of history and historical fiction writing, this memoir of both the factual and imagined past bring alive the murder of a young boy, Jeremy Guillory, by a confessed pedophile, alongside the author's own sexual abuse by her grandfather. It's not easy reading but it's exception...
  • Book Riot Community
    May 17, 2017
    I mention this on the podcast several months ago, but I just want to reiterate how amazing this book is. Marzano-Lesnevich went to Louisiana to help work with prisoners on death row, and instead found herself questioning her opposition to the death penalty when she came across a particularly heinous...
  • Imi
    May 30, 2017
    "[B]ut over time is starts to feel appropriate, somehow, that I can't find the house. The feeling is like chasing a memory that slips from your mind just as soon as you start to grasp it. Sure, it's dangerous to read metaphor into life; sure, it smacks of a desire to read meaning into cold fact, bu...
  • Diane S ☔
    May 29, 2017
    4+. Powerful and emotionally raw, I have never read anything quite like this before. Pedophiles and the harm they cause, the lasting effects on their victims, whether in family or without, the subject makes this a difficult book to read. As a law student the author comes across a case involving the ...
  • Elyse
    Jun 09, 2017
    "The Fact of a body: A Murder and a Memoir".....the title of this book becomes an 'acute awareness' of what this book is about - -the deeper we are pulled into this debut: This book is about a real murder that happened in the year 1992. A six year old child, Jeremy Guillory, was molested and murdere...