Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race,

Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s In July , 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 , 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 What an absorbing read The subtitle says it all, and this book really delivers JoeAnn Hart evokes the gritty 1970s, imbued with the lingering innocence of the idealistic 60s, in a story about interracial dating, corruption, and two shocking murders Reading this book made me feel I understand this country better It s one hell of a coming of age story, both for the author and for America itself. Wow A shattering, remarkable read JoeAnn avoids the dreaded self involvement of so many memoirs, while honestly exposing her own biases and growth during her 20 year research project The last chapter, when she explores what might have happened, is riveting Highly recommended. 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 younger self that challenges your own confirmation biases in her mission for biracial harmony There are multiple crescendos interspersed with dead ends, shocking new information and insight in a br 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 younger self that challenges your own confirmation biases in her mission for biracial harmony There are multiple crescendos interspersed with dead ends, shocking new information and insight in a brutally honest narrative that makes you reflect on your own truths 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 is literary commentary on a particular time, it reveals how experience and reflection alters our sense of time, timing, and our ultimately, our sense and understanding of ourselves JoeAnn Hart 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 is literary commentary on a particular time, it reveals how experience and reflection alters our sense of time, timing, and our ultimately, our sense and understanding of ourselves JoeAnn Hart

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