This week we can't stop thinking about Dead is Better: Legalize Crime by Alissa Bennett, Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters by Kathryn Casey, and Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People by Camille DeAngelis. Check out our reviews to find out why each of these books are not to be missed.More
My friend Alissa's zine (this is the second in a series I adore) would be creepy if it weren't so poignant, funny and necessary. In her first issue, Bennett explored celebrity deaths, writing in the second person like an obsessive fan sending a letter to her idol. In the latest she explores unimaginable crimes with the sensitivity of a woman, an artist, a mother — someone who doesn't shy away from darkness because of her essential desire to understand the vast range of human experience. Bennett's work, despite the depths of depravity it touches, is about reaching toward a kinder way of interacting. It's also fucking addictive.
Since true crime queen Ann Rule died, I have been searching for someone else to get my murdery fix. Enter Kathryn Casey, who does for Texas crime what Ann did for the Pacific Northwest crime scene. My favorite book of hers I've read so far is Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters, about a seemingly devoted stay-at-home mother who allegedly murders her husband in cold blood. Casey is a master of pacing and suspense, so even though you know what's coming for the husband from chapter 1, it's still riveting. Just in time for the holiday season? I guess????