The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist

by Mary H. Manheim | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 014029192x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Ri of Cincinnati, Ohio USA on 6/18/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by Ri from Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Saturday, June 18, 2011
From Kirkus Reviews
A subtly creepy collection of stories culled from the experiences of a leading forensic anthropologist. Manhein describes her role as an expert witness as the laying out of her analysis to the jury without a lot of unexplained scientific jargonthe exact technique she employs in this account. While one of her goals seems to be teaching the public about the field of forensic anthropology, she never loses sight of her main intention, the spinning of a good story. The result is a rare, effective blend of entertainment and education. As we follow Manhein into the Louisiana bayou, where she digs up the levee to claim a five-year-old corpse, into industrial fires where victims bodies lie unrecovered, into cemeteries both old, newly discovered, and improvised, under houses, and into the forest to examine the bones of potentially mistreated horses, we learn about identifying bodies through dental X-rays, bone composition, and facial reconstruction. It is the same combination of the desire to solve puzzles and a fascination with death that led Manhein into her field and which also compels the reader to move quickly from one story to the next. Whether she is describing a human skull being pulled up in a fishing net or her nervousness at testifying in court, she maintains a grounded eye for detail and a compassionately detached style which renders the subject matter interesting rather than gruesome. While many of Manhein's cases have attracted media attention, most notably the exhumation of the killer of Huey Long, the book primarily focuses on the much less glamorous side of the fieldthe identification of drowning victims sometimes years after their deaths, or the discovery that those bones in the yard belonged to the previous owners pet dog. Despite the morbid nature of her work, she loves what she does and communicates that enthusiasm in her absorbing harrative.

Journal Entry 2 by Ri at Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Monday, November 07, 2011
This is an interesting look at a field I never considered much before - forensic anthropology. Mary Manhein is a scientific detective discovering the yet untold stories of those who have passed who only are able to leave clues in their bones. Some of the stories are quite grim, but overall, a pretty fascinating read.

I am adding this to the Medicine Chest Bookbox.

Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, January 05, 2012
Oops - I listed this as one of the books I took out of JudySlump612's Medicine Chest Bookbox II, but I forgot to actually journal it.

Now that the box has already(!) arrived at its next destination I've figured it out and am belatedly getting these books onto my bookshelf.

Thanks for including this in the box - this is an interesting subject, and I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Friday, December 13, 2013
A lot of interesting stuff here, but it's more like a collection of stories than a unified book - a pick-it-up-and-put-it-down sort of experience rather than a read-straight-through.The coffin sketches were fascinating (although the tiny one was heartbreaking). As usual, I wished for more illustrations.

Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, December 21, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (12/20/2013 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Headed out in quietorchid's Medicine Chest IV.

Journal Entry 6 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Friday, January 24, 2014
Interesting, very abbreviated snippets from a lifetime as a forensic anthropologist in Louisiana. Nothing in great detail, either scientific or personal, but a breezy introduction to some of the facets of the author's lifework.

Released 7 yrs ago (2/10/2014 UTC) at Fairview University Medical Center (see notes) in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA


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