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When She Was Bad

How And Why Women Get Away With Murder

by Patricia Pearson

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social psychology, violence in society
list price: $24.00
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
category: True Crime
published: 1998
ISBN:9780679309628
imprint: Vintage Canada
Awards
  • Winner, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction
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Description

In this provocative book, award-winning journalist Patricia Pearson argues that our culture is in denial of women's innate capacity for aggression. We don't believe that women batter their husbands or abuse the majority of children in North America. We ignore the 200 percent increase in crime by women in a period when most crime statistics are dropping. Pearson weaves the stories of women such as Karla Homolka and Mary Beth Tinning (who smothered eight of her children) with the results of criminologists and psychiatrists to expose the myth of female innocence.

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Contributor notes

Patricia Pearson is a wife, mother and writer, who has won two National Magazine Awards, a National Author’s Award, and the Arthur Ellis Award for best true crime for When She Was Bad. Her first novel in the life of Frannie Mackenzie, Playing House, was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Her non-fiction book, Area Woman Blows Gasket: and Other Tales from the Domestic Frontier will is published by Vintage Canada, and simultaneously in the U.S.

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Editorial Review

WINNER OF THE ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION

A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK

"This important, necessary book highlights our urgent need to re-examine what we think we know about female aggression." —The Globe and Mail (Notable Book of the Year)

"Groundbreaking." —The Vancouver Sun

"A compelling, frightening look at women, not as victims of violence, but as perpetrators of it. . . . Gripping, controversial material that sheds light on violence and society, and how women can get away with murder." —Kirkus Reviews

"Remarkable. . . . It is also profoundly disturbing, as it is the first significant sustained challenge against mainstream notions about violent femmes." —Quill & Quire

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