May 26, 2024

Nonfiction Book Club: 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 PM

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Seekonk, MA – Join us for a lively discussion of 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 PM at Seekonk Public Library. The title is available digitally as an ebook and audiobook through Libby, an ebook through Hoopla, or you may place a hold and pick up a print copy at the library. New members are always welcome!

"Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes and made it her life's work. Best known for creating the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of dioramas that appear charming-until you notice the macabre little details: an overturned chair, a blood-spattered comforter. And then, of course, there are the bodies-splayed out on the floor, draped over chairs-clothed in garments that Lee lovingly knit with sewing pins. Lee developed a system that used the Nutshells dioramas to train law enforcement officers to investigate violent crimes, and her methods are still used today. 18 Tiny Deaths is the story of a woman who overcame the limitations and expectations imposed by her social status and pushed forward an entirely new branch of science that we still use today"-- Provided by publisher.

For more event information, visit www.seekonkpl.org  or email library@seekonkpl.org

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