Will Amanda Knox write her story?


Type Amanda Knox into Amazon’s search engine and a cascade of titles fills the page:

“The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox” by Nina Burleigh.

“Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal” by Candace Dempsey.

“The Monster of Perugia: The Framing of Amanda Knox” by Mark Waterbury.

“The Amanda Knox Story: A Murder in Perugia” by Kimberly Brown and Vook.

“Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox” by Barbie Latza Nadeau.

“Injustice in Perugia: a Book Detailing the Wrongful Conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito” by Bruce Fisher.

“Take Me With You - Talks with Amanda Knox in Prison” by Rocco Girlanda.

The public, obviously, is fascinated and publishers, clamoring for the rights to her own story, will no doubt see reason in showering her with an enormous advance.

In her conversations with Italian parliamentarian Rocco Girlanda, which he published as the book “Take Me With You,” Knox revealed the edges of her hopes and dreams. But there’s still much more to tell. Despite Girlanda’s conversations and the many other books, an audience clearly would snap up whatever Knox wished to add.

She has said she’d like to be a writer and kept a diary in jail.

Her stepfather Chris Mellas told the Guardian that Knox wants to publish a book detailing what she’s been through. “She’ll write, because that’s her way of dealing with things,” Mellas said.

But she also told Girlanda that fame based on her criminal travails was not the fame she wanted. “How ugly to be famous for this!” she said. “I would prefer to be famous for something I did, or built, or achieved .”

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Steven Levingston is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post. He is author of “Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris” (Doubleday, 2014) and “The Kennedy Baby: The Loss that Transformed JFK” (Washington Post eBook, 2013).
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