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'Waiting to Be Heard' by Amanda Knox: Read EW's review of the $4 million memoir

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After the 2007 murder of her British housemate, Meredith Kercher, as they studied abroad in Umbria, Italy, American Amanda Knox was blistered in the European press. Now “Foxy Knoxy” (a middle-school soccer nickname seized upon by the tabloids) tells her side of the story in HarperCollins’ just-released Waiting to Be Heard. With a nod to the sensationalist coverage, Knox, now 25, describes her sexual escapades during those first few weeks in Italy (she says they represented a conscious decision to make sex “be about empowerment and pleasure, not about, Does this person like me?”) and drug use (she admits, “Around our house, marijuana was as common as pasta”).

As for the murder itself, Knox changes her description of the night of the crime several times — mostly, but not always, with good reason. She does believably argue that she was coerced into accusing her innocent boss, Patrick Lumumba: She says investigators shouted at her for hours and even slapped her. The chapters that follow — her two trials, the DNA evidence (or lack of it), and the prosecutorial misbehavior that ultimately overturned her conviction in October 2011 — are overlong and familiar to anyone who followed her case. (The Italian judicial system has ruled that it will retry Knox; if she’s convicted, they’d have to ask the U.S. for extradition.) Still, the section on her prison years rivets. It’s painful to see the smart, beautiful, incredibly naive exchange student of the first few pages turn hard and brittle as she navigates the labyrinthine Italian prison system. The bottom line is this, though: Waiting to Be Heard won’t make either Knox’s detractors or her supporters change anything they believe about her. Parents of college kids, though, might rethink that junior year abroad. B

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Title, release date announced for Amanda Knox memoir

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Harper Collins has released the title, publication date, and cover design for Amanda Knox’s memoir.

The book, called Waiting to be Heard, will hit stores on April 30, 2013. The cover will feature Knox’s intense, unsmiling face.

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Amanda Knox ex Raffaele Sollecito lands book deal

Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend will be the first to tell about the Italian murder trial that made them famous worldwide.

Twenty-seven-year-old Raffaele Sollecito has a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books for a book scheduled to come out this fall.

The publisher announced Thursday that Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox would cover his relationship with Knox, their arrests and imprisonment in Italy for murder and their eventual release last fall after the convictions were overturned.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Last month, Knox agreed to terms with HarperCollins for a memoir due next year. The deal was reportedly worth $4 million.

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Amanda Knox signs a massive book deal with HarperCollins

Amanda Knox, the 24-year-old American who was imprisoned on murder charges for four years in Perugia, Italy, has signed a book deal with HarperCollins for close to $4 million, the New York Times reports. A heated auction for the book rights had been ensuing for four days.

Four months ago, Knox was released from Italian prison and acquitted of charges that she murdered her roommate Meredith Kercher. During her incarceration, Knox, who studied creative writing, kept a diary that will now help shape the book.

Said HarperCollins in a statement: “Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system. … Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates. She will reveal never before-told details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life.” READ FULL STORY

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