A centralized document for the Cassie Edwards situation

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I realized recently that all the information we’ve uncovered regarding the Cassie Edwards situation is scattered all over the place. Granted, Sarah and I have been pretty good about keeping that little header bar updated, but it’s still a pain in the ass to click all over when all you want is to specifically see which books have been looked into, how many passages we’ve found, how the passages compare, etc.

So I created a little Word document and converted it to PDF to track this little controversy. It’s by no means complete yet—I’m still waiting to hear from two people about a few books they’re researching, and I might’ve forgotten to include one or two titles. Also, none of the links are clickable, as I’m working from my laptop and my Acrobat Distiller isn’t working properly for some reason; once I have access to my desktop (where my Acrobat behaves just fine), that will hopefully be remedied. As it stands, however, what we have are:

Seven Cassie Edwards novels: three from Signet, one from Topaz, two from Dorchester and one from Zebra, ranging in publication date from 1983 to 2007
Fourteen outside sources: thirteen of them non-fiction, one of them a collection of short stories
More passages than I care to count at the moment
And a paaaaartridge in a pear tree

Let me know (candy @ smartbitchestrashybooks.com) if you spot any mistakes, have any questions or want to make suggestions on how to make it more usable or readable.

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  1. 1
    Bernita says:

    I think SB deserve an “Achievement Award.”

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    Dan Smith says:

    So, let me get this straight: you were actually able to read an entire Cassie Edwards book while doing this research? You should apply to work on Mike Rowe’s Discovery Channel Program “Dirty Jobs.”

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    Kaz Augustin says:

    A few people have commented on why CE wasn’t outed before. But, in trawling for more CE reviews to pass to DH for his amusement, I came across one of yours, Candy (unless there’s more than one Candy Tan in Romancelandia…?), at the AAR site. It was a review of “Desire’s Bloom”, and Candy said, in the second-last paragraph:

    “There are a couple of accurate facts in the book, such as the discovery and application of iodine, but then those passages sounded like they were lifted straight from the encyclopedia.”

    In hindsight, I can remark, Ya donsay? So, I’m sure that’s probably what lots of people thought (“what’s this information doing here? How weird”) but, in the larger train-wreck, who really cares that the table napkins are the wrong colour?

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    Charlene says:

    The pdf isn’t coming up.

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    Debbie Reese says:

    Good morning,

    I teach in American Indian Studies, and use Cassie Edwards’ books in my classes to discuss America’s love affair with things-Indian, or rather, things that masquerade as Indian. Appropriation is everywhere. My specific area of study is representations in children’s and young adult books. Some years back, the much-loved children’s book author, Ann Rinaldi, wrote a book about the boarding schools that the US govt set up to “kill the Indian, save the man.” In Rinaldi’s book, she horribly whitewashes the schools.

    A group of Native and non-Native women did an extensive critique of Rinaldi’s book, and we found that she used Luther Standing Bear’s book, too, and…  that use is much like what you found with Edwards’ books.

    I blogged today about Edwards and Rinaldi and why their books are, in fact dangerous for an audience that is sadly and grossly misinformed about who
    American Indians were and are. See my post dated January 13th.

    http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com

    Debbie

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    Leigh says:

    I want to belatedly note my appreciation for your research.

    In an article for Criminal Brief, I referenced your site and your work:

    http://criminalbrief.com/?p=812

  7. 7

    I can’t download the PDF.

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