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Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

Format:  Hardcover,

463 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Apr 2013

ISBN-13: 9780062217202

ISBN-10: 0062217208

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In November 2007, Amanda Knox was twenty years old and had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, for only a few weeks when her friend and roommate, a young English student named Meredith Kercher, was brutally murdered. The investigation made headlines around the world, and Amanda's arrest placed her at the center of a media firestorm. Young, naive, grieving at the horrifying death of her friend, and with little more than basic knowledge of the Italian language, she was subjected to harsh interrogations during which she struggled to understand the police and to make her own words understood. The subsequent trial exposed Amanda to international scrutiny and speculation, and she became a tabloid staple. In 2009, after an extremely controversial trial, she was wrongly convicted of murder. But in October 2011, after Amanda had spent four years in an Italian prison, and following a lengthy appeals process, the conviction was overturned. Amanda immediately flew home to the United States.

Now, in Waiting to Be Heard, Amanda Knox shares for the very first time the truth about her terrifying ordeal. Drawing from journals she kept and letters she wrote during her incarceration, Amanda gives an unflinching and deeply personal account of her harrowing experience, from the devastation of her friend's murder to the series of mistakes and misunderstandings that led to her arrest. She speaks intimately about what it was like, at the age of twenty, to find herself imprisoned in a foreign country for a crime she did not commit and demonized by the international media, and about the impact on her family and loved ones as they traveled back and forth to be at her side so that she would not be alone. She describes the relationships that bloomed with those who believed in her innocence and how the strength of her family helped her survive the most challenging time of her young life. With grace and gratitude, Amanda describes the aftermath of the trial and her return home to the States, where she is able once again to look forward to the future.

A young woman's soul-baring account of a nightmare turned real, of unimaginable horror and the miscarriage of justice that ensued, and, ultimately, of fortitude in the face of overwhelming adversity, Waiting to Be Heard is a memoir unlike any you have ever read.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Apr 2013
ISBN-13: 9780062217202
ISBN-10: 0062217208
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 463
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.62
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Knox, Amanda

Amanda Marie Knox was born on July 9, 1987 in Seatle Washington. She is an American woman who was originally convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Umbria, Italy in 2009. She served four years of a 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was overturned on October 3, 2011. However, on March 26, 2013, Knox's acquittal was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.

Raffaele Sollecito, Knox's boyfriend at the time of the murder, was also found guilty of the murder but had his conviction overturned by an appeal; this decision was likewise reversed on March 26, 2013. The jury upheld Knox's calunnia conviction for falsely implicating bar owner Patrick Lumumba. For this Knox was sentenced to three years in prison, which she had already served, and was ordered to pay Lumumba's court costs of about 22,000 euros. Amanda Knox wrote a book about her experience entitled Waiting to Be Heard which made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

Chapter outline

Prologue: December 4, 2009, Perugia, Italy
Perugia
April-August 2007, Seattle, USA
August 30-September 1, 2007, Italy
September 2007, Perugia, Italy
October 2007
October 25-November 1, 2007
Morning, November 2, 2007, Day One
Afternoon, November 2, 2007, Day One
November 3, 2007, Day Two
November 4, 2007, Day Three
November 5, 2007, Day Four
Morning, November 6, 2007, Day Five
Evening, November 6, 2007, Day Five
November 7, 2007
November 8-9, 2007
Capanne I
November 10-13, 2007
November 9-14, 2007
November 15-16, 2007
November 2007
November 18-29, 2007
December 2007
January-May 2008
June-September 2008
September 18-October 28, 2008
October-December 2008
January-March 2009
March-July 2009
September 1-October 9, 2009
October 10-December 4, 2009
December 4, 2009
Capanne II
December 2009-October 2010
November-December 2010
December 11, 2010-June 29, 2011
June 29, 2011
June 30-October 2, 2011
October 3, 2011
Epilogue: October 3-4, 2011
Author's Note

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-05-10)

Knox's memoir will doubtlessly be gobbled up by those who have followed her imprisonment and trial in Italy. For those who are unfamiliar with the case, her story as she tells it is harrowing: a junior year abroad gone horribly wrong as Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher was found murdered and Knox and her Italian boyfriend pinned as the killers. Certain passages and turns of phrase (her repeated insistence that she is "quirky", for example) seem strange until it becomes clear that she is responding to tabloid allegations.

It's hard to imagine Knox's story will change anyone's mind: those who believe her to be innocent will continue to do so; those who believe her to be guilty will see this book as a lie. Those who have no opinion as to her guilt or innocence will find that, despite its doorstopper proportions, Knox's memoir is a very fast read.

Verdict: Obviously, this book will circulate. If nothing else, people who think she's guilty will want to hate-read this without generating royalties. Readers of The Monster of Florence will note that prosecutor Guiliano Mignini also appears in the Knox case.

-Kate Sheehan, Waterbury, CT

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

In November 2007, Amanda Knox was twenty years old and had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, for only a few weeks when her friend and roommate, a young English student named Meredith Kercher, was brutally murdered. The investigation made headlines around the world, and Amanda's arrest placed her at the center of a media firestorm. Young, naïve, grieving at the horrifying death of her friend, and with little more than basic knowledge of the Italian language, she was subjected to harsh interrogations during which she struggled to understand the police and to make her own words understood.

The subsequent trial exposed Amanda to international scrutiny and speculation, and she became a tabloid staple. In 2009, after an extremely controversial trial, she was wrongly convicted of murder. But in October 2011, after Amanda had spent four years in an Italian prison, and following a lengthy appeals process, the conviction was overturned. Amanda immediately flew home to the United States.

Now, in Waiting to Be Heard, Amanda Knox shares for the very first time the truth about her terrifying ordeal. Drawing from journals she kept and letters she wrote during her incarceration, Amanda gives an unflinching and deeply personal account of her harrowing experience, from the devastation of her friend's murder to the series of mistakes and misunderstandings that led to her arrest. She speaks intimately about what it was like, at the age of twenty, to find herself imprisoned in a foreign country for a crime she did not commit and demonized by the international media, and about the impact on her family and loved ones as they traveled back and forth to be at her side so that she would not be alone.

She describes the relationships that bloomed with those who believed in her innocence and how the strength of her family helped her survive the most challenging time of her young life. With grace and gratitude, Amanda describes the aftermath of the trial and her return home to the States, where she is able once again to look forward to the future.

A young woman's soul-baring account of a nightmare turned real, of unimaginable horror and the miscarriage of justice that ensued, and, ultimately, of fortitude in the face of overwhelming adversity, Waiting to Be Heard is a memoir unlike any you have ever read.

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