I wanted to get all these answered at once, but it makes more sense to me now to post what's finished.
From </a></a>amaebi: Top five melons?
This is a great question. I wish I could answer it.
- Cantaloupe. Just as it comes or in a salad made of cantaloupe melon balls mixed with blueberries – serve with the option of vanilla yogurt. It’s beautiful as well as tasty.
- Whatever melon it is that </a></a>wild_irises sometimes gets in her CSA box.
- A truly ripe honeydew.
- Not watermelon. Even the best watermelon doesn't do much for me.
- A cucumber, I guess. Are there even five melons? I know for sure I haven’t tasted that many.
</a></a>wild_irises: Top five true crime stories?
I'm interpreting the question as top five stories about true crimes, as opposed to top five true crimes. That list would have to include the Lizzie Borden case, but there is no single book on it that's accurate and unbiased enough to recommend. These stories are fascinating partly because of the crimes themselves, but also for the way each story is told.
- Evidence of Love, John Bloom and Jim Alkinson. Adulterous, ax-murdering Sunday School teachers. No, really. And it's not sensationalized. The authors offer a nuanced look at the factors -- personal and societal -- that brought together two women in a violent confrontation.
- Echoes in the Darkness, Joseph Wambaugh. An inside look at the Karen Reinert murder case. The case itself was complex and is still mysterious (her children's bodies were never found), and the story is told with verve and black humor. Wambaugh, a former cop, may have influenced the case itself with his research into the book, and his tone is enlightening about how cops deal with violence.
- Savage Grace, Steven M.L Aronson and Natalie Robins. A great example of the screwed-up family murder case. Moral of the story: Money doesn't make people happy, or even keep them close to sane.
- Strange Piece of Paradise, Terri Jentz. The story of an attempted double murder, written by one victim. Long, detailed, beautifully written story not just of what happened but of her years-long search for who tried to kill her and why.
- Erased, Marilee Strong. Examines not just a single case, but a whole type of murder: when men kill their wives or girlfriends. Sometimes several different wives or girlfriends.
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