Thursday, February 26, 2009

Deweying it by the numbers: 300s

The 300s division in the Dewey Decimal System in my opinion wins the "why are these books next to each other?" award out of all of the Dewey numbers. 300s represent the social sciences. This means anything from immigration to shopping to fairy tales can be found in the 300s. By far, the most popular section of 300s for adult readers seems to be the true crime section. From organized crime to Lincoln's assassination, even true crime is incredibly varied.

My most recent foray into the genre was reading Patricia Cornwell's Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper case closed. A lot of people did not like it because of what some considered to be shoddy research, but I thought it was interesting, if only because Cornwell's writing is so good. If you want a true crime that Patricia Cornwell is actually in, check out Twisted Triangle. Cornwell has stated that her role in the lives of the FBI agents involved was minimal. Other true crime books can be found at Dewey Decimal number 363 and 364.

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