Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mary has found Sharyn McCrumb’s new book The Devil Amongst the Lawyers both entertaining and informative.

It is 1934 and an Appalachian Virginia teacher is accused of murdering her tyrant father. Reporters from the big cities come to report on the story. However, they don’t find what they’re looking for. They are looking for backwoods hillbillies that everyone can feel sorry for. All they find are ordinary people going about their business just like everyone else in the country. The book goes on to explain how the reporters slant their stories to provide the sensationalism that their editors are looking for. Only one young, idealistic reporter tries to report “just the facts”.
The story has a surprise ending that isn’t what the big city reporters expected.

This book is fiction, but it poses the question: can you believe everything you read in the newspaper?

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