Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford audiobook

Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir

By Lacy Crawford
Read by Lacy Crawford

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown 9780316491556


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    ISBN: 9781549188190

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Runtime: 11.09 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



Time Magazine Best Books of the Year

People Magazine Best Book of 2020

New York Times Notable Book of 2020

Marie Claire Magazine Pick of the Year's Best Books

A #1 BookPage Best Book of 2020

NPR Best Book of 2020

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When Notes on a Silencing hit bookstores in the summer of 2020, even amidst a global pandemic, it sent shockwaves through the country. Not only did this intimate investigative memoir usher in a media storm of coverage but it also prompted the elite St. Paul’s School to issue a formal apology to the author, Lacy Crawford, for its handling of her report of sexual assault by two fellow students nearly thirty years ago.

In this searing book, Crawford tells the story of coming forward during the state investigation of the elite New England prep school decades after her assault, only to find for the first time evidence that corroborated her memories. Here were depictions of the naïve, hardworking girl she had been, as well as astonishing proof of an institutional silencing. The slander, innuendo, and lack of adult concern that Crawford had experienced as a student hadn’t been imagined; they were the actions of a school that prized its reputation above anything else, even a child.

This revelation launched Crawford on an extraordinary inquiry deep into gender, privilege, and power and the ways shame and guilt are used to silence victims. Insightful, arresting, and beautifully written, Notes on a Silencing wrestles with an essential question for our time: what telling of a survivor’s story will finally force a remedy?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Crawford’s bravery in recounting her own experience speaks to how powerful it is to have these stories told, to show that no one is alone.” Refinery29
“A reminder of how adults willingly and knowingly serve up children to trauma in exchange for maintaining their reputations.” Washington Post
“The story is crafted with the precision of a thriller, with revelations that sent me reeling.” New York Times Book Review
“Lacy Crawford is riveting as she narrates her stunning memoir of sexual assault—you can’t rip your ears away. Her voice is lovely, with wry undertones, and she has a keen sense of emotional intelligence.” AudioFile
“A studied, vulnerable, and maddening account…[that] will add to evolving discussions of sexual assault and power.” Booklist (starred review)
“Crawford uses her storytelling skill to illuminate the myriad ways female students were taught that their desires and bodies were less valuable than—-even subject to—-those of their male peers.” BookPage (starred review)
“A riveting story of and for our time.” Literary Hub
“A shocking, anguished, beautifully written account…of just how badly the adults had failed her.” People
“Crawford carefully exposes the rotten underbelly of the school, whose administrators never reported her assault to police…A stirring memoir of sexual assault and its aftermath.” Publishers Weekly
“Crawford’s courageous book is a bracing reminder of the dangers inherent in unchecked patriarchal power.” Kirkus Reviews
“So beautiful it hurts to read…Lacy Crawford has found courage to turn pain into searing voice in this beautiful memoir.” Lorene Cary, author of Black Ice



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Author Bio: Lacy Crawford

Author Bio: Lacy Crawford

Lacy Crawford served for fifteen years as a highly discreet independent college admissions counselor to the children of powerful clients in cities such as New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London. Her “day jobs” included serving as senior editor at Narrative magazine and director of the Burberry Foundation. Educated at Princeton and the University of Chicago, she now lives in California with her husband and two children.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English