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 centre 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 travelled 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.
Story Time Wednesdays at 10:30am
For our youngest readers, join us every Wednesday at 10:30am when we
read exciting new books and sing along to your favourite songs.
10 Minutes with Dr. James
Every Wednesday after Story Time Dr. James Robertson, paediatrician at
TrinCay Medical Services in Camana Bay, will share his medical
knowledge and answer your parenting questions.
Story & Craft Time
Saturdays at 10:30am
For young readers, join us every Saturday at 10:30am when we read
exciting new books and explore your creative side with a unique craft.
Thursday, May 16, at 7pm
Animal lovers, particularly those of the feline persuasion, should not miss a special opportunity to meet celebrity cat behaviourist Jackson Galaxy when he visits our store to share his inspiring memoir, Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me about Life, Love and Coming Clean.
This free event is part of the Books & Books International Visiting Author Series, generously sponsored by Camana Bay.
Floetry Wednesday, May 15, from 7-8:30pm
Get into the flow with Floetry for another
special night of words and wisdom, poetry and people. Join some of
Cayman's most talented poets and performers who share their work during
an open mic night of poetry and readings. Share your own work or come
listen to others. Floetry takes place on the third Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30pm.
Nosotros: Spanish Floetry
Tuesday, March 21, from 7-8:30pm
Spanish-speaking poets and performers—and those who simply enjoy la lengua de Cervantes—are invited to join Nosotros,
a group whose mission is to build bridges and create connections
through culture, for their monthly open mic night. Come share your
artistic talents and cultural experiences in a creative and friendly
space. Nosotros gathers at Books & Books on the fourth
Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30pm and all are welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact Michel Powery at 345.917.0335. This month, the group will gather a day early due to the Election Day public holiday.
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