[Reading] ➻ Stamford 76 Author JoeAnn Hart – Tkcleaningservices.co.uk

Stamford 76 Check out my review at we.hart.book on Instagram One might start Stamford 76 expecting it to be a true story crime thriller, but it s a much deeper contextual dive into a corrupt city police force, the mob, the 60 s, drugs, and race It s also, at its heart, a very personal memoir in which JoeAnn Hart finds herself compelled to reclaim and understand her younger self in the process of researching what really happened to Margo Olson, a young woman murdered by bow and arrow Hart and Olson are acquainted with each other because their boyfriends are connected to each other Both Margo and JoeAnn are white girls swept up in the 60 s, defying their families and feeling the rush of pushing against convention Both boyfriends are black and much of the book circles around the tensions in their relationships caused by personal motivations, societal distortions, poverty, and racism Hart is brave in her writing she doesn t cut her boy In July 1976, A Twenty Four Year Old White Woman, Margo Olson, Was Found In A Shallow Grave In Stamford, Connecticut, With An Arrow Piercing Through Her Heart A Few Weeks Later, Howie Carter, Her Black Boyfriend, Was Killed By The Police Howie And Margo S Interracial Relationship Held A Distorted Mirror To The Author S Own, With Howie S Best Friend, Joe Joe S Theory Was That The Police Didn T Have Any Evidence To Arrest Howie Operating On The Assumption That The Black Man Is Always Guilty, They Killed Him Instead Margo S Murder Was Never Solved Looking Back At What Might Have Happened In 1976, The Author Discovers A Bicentennial Year Steeped In Recession, Racism, And Unrelenting Violence It Was Also A Time Of Flourishing Second Wave Feminism, When Young Women Were Encouraged To Do Anything, If Only They Knew How Stamford Was In The Midst Of Urban Renewal, Destroying Historically Black Neighborhoods To Create Space For Corporations Escaping A Bankrupt And Dangerous New York City, Just Forty Miles Away Organized Crime Followed The Money, Infiltrating Stamford At All Levels The Author Reveals How Racism, Misogyny, The Economy, And Corruption Affected The Young People S Daily Lives, And Helped Lead Margo And Howie To Their Deaths. This book is a book for our times JoeAnn Hart first and foremost is a vivid storyteller She creates a tapestry of intrigue, mystery, discovery and revelation In the context of seriousness, Hart has a sense of humor, as well Her asides are witty and smart While Stamford 76 This was a great read a memoir that s so much It s a true crime story, a mystery, a history, a sociological exploration of race, class, feminism, and politics, all written with a novelist s eye for scene and detail Great sentence This book is part memoir, part crime story, and part reflection on race relationships particular inter race relationships in Connecticut in the mid 1970s Feeling groovy, free love, and loving the one you re with were all part of these rebellious, changing times, but they came with complications and prejudice, often from parents, neighbors, the local police, and older generations At the center of this story is author JoeAnn Hart and her good friend Margo, girls on their own dating African American guys who live on the fringe and deal drugs Theirs are impassioned relationships, though flawed and often strained Then Margo ends up dead in a potter s field shot twice by a bow and arrow Her boyfriend Howie is the suspect, but why would he do such a thing Was he being cleverly set up by the mob These questions haunt Hart and drive the narrative as she unravels Margo and Howie s complicated story in fact, the case is sealed when Hart begins her investigation As and facts are reveale I am halfway through this amazing story So far, I am blown away by the beautiful writing and the complete honesty of the author s voice Although corruption, race, and feminism are key elements, the author has no age Hart s memoir is a no holds barred investigation of a brutal bow and arrow murder in corrupt Stamford in the 70s, but it s much than that Unraveling her past as a white woman in a biracial relationship, Hart pieces together haunting memories with buried fact, weaving in threads of racism, privilege, feminism, and domestic and cultural violence Wry and honest, we see ourselves what have we missed by not looking, and what do we find when we look Jim Morrison had it right KATA TON DAIMONA ETAY Be faithful to the self, or is it watch for the devil within Either way, Hart s reckoning will leave you picking up your own pieces, thinking about identity and complicity.Of great interest is Hart s assessment of the importance of a free press in times of corruption When all levels of the government and justice system are abusing power, where can people go with claims of abuse Only the press In the case of Margo Olson s murder wow, just wowBut if there is a lesson to be had here, it is not as society would have had us believe back then don t sleep with a black man The lesson is, don t fuck with the mob Compelling mystery, tragedy and memoir with exceptional storytelling in a clockwork that pulls at your heartstrings about women s agency in a screwed up world in time and place JoAnn s dogged pursuit of the truth about her dead friend Margo who knew too much leads to redemptive self awareness of her

About the Author: JoeAnn Hart

JoeAnn Hart is the author of the true crime memoir, Stamford 76 A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s University of Iowa Press, April, 2019 , and the novels Float and Addled Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Boston Globe Magazine, The Stamford Advocate, Design New England, Orion, Solstice, and th

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