The place: central Florida. The situation: a sensational murder trial, set in a courthouse more Soviet than Le Corbusier; a rich, white teenage girl-a twin-on trial for murdering her toddler brother. Two of the jurors: Hannah, a married fifty-two-year-old former Rolling Stone and Interview Magazine photographer of rock stars and socialites (she began to photograph animals when she realized she saw people "as a species"), and Graham, a forty-one-year-old...
4) Half a life
Half a Life is a luminously written memoir that will stand beside such autobiographical classics as This Boy's Life, Stop Time, and The Liars' Club. A scrupulously honest and hauntingly sad look at what it's like to be poor and fatherless in America, it shows how a girl without means or promise and with only a loving mother, chutzpah, a bit of fraud, and a lot of luck turned herself into somebody. Half a Life begins with the Ciments' immigration from...