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Posted October 2, 2011
"Silence does not mean consent. Silence means death," states Sara Paretsky, writing about post-9/11 pressure to withhold criticism or dissent. That this book was published 4 years ago and mine is the first customer review itself speaks volumes. As a memoir it exposes the writer's burden of self-doubt, created in part by a family and community that belittled her talent and potential. It would be convenient to dismiss her socio-political commentary on repression to lessons we've learned from our (albeit recent) past, but unfortunately that hasn't occurred, notwithstanding regime change at home. On the one hand, I find myself troubled by the book's lack of focus and lackadaisical editing; on the other, I'm ashamed that my own outrage at the conduct she describes has been limited to financial support of a few groups (such as the Freedom to Read Foundation) that continue to take civil liberties seriously.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.