- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Post Hill Press (June 7 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682611582
- ISBN-13: 978-1682611586
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #490,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Confessions of a Serial Alibi Hardcover – Jun 7 2016
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About the Author
Asia McClain Chapman was born on June 26, 1981, in Hollywood California. Her parents, Carl and Michelle McClain, were separated in 1986, which resulted in her relocation to Baltimore, Maryland. After growing up in the Baltimore County school system, Asia graduated from Woodlawn Senior High School in 1999 and soon left for college.
In search of a fresh start, in 2005 Asia made the decision to drive across the country in her Nissan 240SX towing a U-Haul trailer full of her belongings. After several years of living in Portland, Oregon and working full-time as personal assistant, in 2008 Asia met her future husband Phillip Chapman. The couple married in 2009 and are now the proud parents of two rambunctious little boys, Lucas and Alexander. Asia also is currently pregnant with her third child due in July 2016.
Asia lives in Spokane Washington, and spends her days as a stay at home mother, board secretary of Solutions Automation and small business owner of Diamond Concepts. Asia enjoys writing in her spare time, cooking, gardening and working with her hands in addition to editing her local MOMS Club International newsletter.
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Reading this, I felt like Miss Asia was just speaking her story in a conversational way. This made it feel so honest and real. I truly enjoyed it.
So glad you spoke your truth, Asia! Thank you.
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A whole book.
Asia Chapman's book was no exception. I purchased because I wanted to hear Asia's story. And that's exactly what this book is. Her story, her perspective in HER words.
It's evident from the beginning that this story has not been heavily edited. I didn't see any evidence of a ghost writer or professional editor at all. The tone is conversational and heavy with slang. If I had purchased this book for entertainment purposes I would have been dissatisfied. It is certainly not a novel, but rather a firsthand account of incidents relating to the prosecution of a murder case. I purchased because I was willing to pay for Asia's raw account.
Honestly, I believe that the information shared could have been just as easily published in a blog format. And the author could have saved herself much criticism had she done just that. The book reads nearly like a diary, which I believe it began as. I do wish more time had been taken to polish the story to make it easier to read. Regardless, in my opinion the author has every right to compensation for her time and trouble with regard to this case.
I would recommend the book to anyone wanting a first hand account of Asia Chapman's perspective with regard to the Adnan Syed/Hae Min Lee case and trial. While it would hold the attention of anyone who has followed this case it would be of little interest to anyone else.
What it is: Asia McClain telling her side of the story. Written in a direct and colloquial way, she writes as if she's talking to a friend. Definitely feels honest and not contrived. I applaud her wanting to take control of her narrative. As a Serial fan I know I was too hard on her early on. I had a lot of assumptions and this book gave some explanations that made me understand what happened and her unique experince.
Good for her! As long as you don't have the expectation that she's a professional, more polished writer I think a Serial fan or someone interested in the Adnan Syed case will enjoy.