The Hemingses of Monticello by Anette Gordon-Reed

I'm torn about this book. I think it exceptionally well written, but the author makes enormous leaps and bounds regarding the players. I understand that sources are thin on the ground, but you can't say, "Well, it seems logical that slaves would feel this way if they'd spent four years in France." Well, no, you can't go there as much as you would like to. She is on much firmer ground when discussing Jefferson's motivations, but then again, he was a compulsive writer and list maker. I'm not questioning the scholarship, it seems well researched, but I am questioning the author's tendency to make history's silk purse out of the sources sow's ear.

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LINKS

Debris and Detritus (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Pen and Prejudice (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Roux Morgue (available in hard cover, trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Beat Until Stiff (available in trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Poisoned Pen Press

Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime Northern California Chapter

Independent American Booksellers Association

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