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We keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence

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"1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment. Forty years later, Becky Cooper a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she'd threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for ten years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a 'cowboy culture' among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims. WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history"--

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3 current holds with 6 total copies.
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Honeoye Public Library 364.15 (Text)
New Adult Nonfiction
52120300397307
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Lyons Public Library 364.152 COO (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52141300575544
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Macedon Public Library 364.15 COO (Text)
Adult New Nonfiction
52121300674166
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Naples Library 364.1523 COOPER (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52124300399479
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12/18/2020
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Victor Farmington Library 364.15 COO (Text)
Adult New Materials
52128300940000
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12/11/2020
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Williamson Public Library B BRITTON (Text)
Adult New Materials
52152300795164
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12/15/2020
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