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Ames Free Library Nonfiction Book Club CANCELLED - Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Please note that this Nonfiction Book Club meeting has been cancelled - please check back on our website later for an updated listing of books and meeting dates.

Please join us for the library's new Nonfiction Book Discussion Group! Copies of the next month's selection will be available to check out and take home. 

The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be served. 

"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 -- she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky's childhood, and by examining his case, is forced to face her own story, unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime."

Event Location: 
Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons