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Stacy Horn


Stacy Horn

Stacy Horn is the author of five nonfiction books, including IMPERFECT HARMONY. Mary Roach has hailed her for “combining awe-fueled curiosity with topflight reporting skills.” Horn’s commentaries have been heard on NPR’s "All Things Considered" and she is the founder of the social network Echo. She lives in New York City.

Books by Stacy Horn

by Stacy Horn - History, Nonfiction

Today we call it Roosevelt Island. In 1828, it was Blackwell’s, site of a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse and a number of hospitals. Conceived as the most modern, humane incarceration facility the world ever saw, Blackwell’s Island quickly became, in the words of a visiting Charles Dickens, “a lounging, listless madhouse.” In the first contemporary investigative account of Blackwell’s, Stacy Horn tells this chilling narrative through the gripping voices of the island’s inhabitants, as well as the period’s officials, reformers and journalists, including the celebrated Nellie Bly. Digging through city records, newspaper articles and archival reports, Horn brings this forgotten history alive.