The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing

The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing

A young woman is found dead on the floor of a Tijuana hotel room. An ID in a nearby purse reads "Atlantis Black." The police report states that the body does not seem to match the identification, yet the body is quickly cremated and the case is considered closed.


So begins Betsy Bonner's search for her sister, and the unraveling of the mysterious final months before her disappearance, alleged overdose, and death. With access to Atlantis’ email and social media accounts, Bonner attempts to decipher and construct a narrative: frantic and unintelligible Facebook posts, alarming images of Atlantis with a handgun, Craigslist companionship ads, DEA agent testimony, video surveillance, police reports, and various phone calls and moments conjured from memory. Through a history only she and Atlantis shared—a childhood fraught with abuse and mental illness, Atlantis's precocious yet short rise in the music world, and through it all an unshakeable bond of sisterhood—Bonner finds questions that lead to only more questions and possible clues that seem to point in no particular direction. In this haunting memoir and piercing true crime account, Bonner must decide how far she will go to understand a sister who, like the mythical island she renamed herself for, might prove impossible to find.   

Title:The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781947793774
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  • Valerity (Val)

    I found this to be a rather gripping read that kept me coming back for more. I was always wanting to know what was going on, and what was coming next. Then it was the curiosity of how it was going to ...

  • Eric

    The Book of Atlantis Black by Grace Bonner details the mysterious death of her sister, Atlantis Black. Atlantis Black, a troubled thirty-one-year-old woman, is found dead in a Tijuana hotel room. With...

  • Eric

    The Book of Atlantis Black by Grace Bonner details the mysterious death of her sister, Atlantis Black. Atlantis Black, a troubled thirty-one-year-old woman, is found dead in a Tijuana hotel room. With...

  • Caidyn (he/him/his)

    I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!CW: drug use, untreated bipolar disorder, sexual abuse, death, and attempted suicideI hate rating memoirs low because, well, it's a...

  • Rhiannon Johnson

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This book was a selection in this year's (virtual) Book Expo Publicist Speed Dating--always my favorite event. The bl...

  • Tzipora

    Described by publisher Tin House as “powerful punk-rock-true-crime reckoning”, Betsy Bonner’s The Book of Atlantis Black is one hell of a read! Propulsively paced in short chapters, you may find...

  • Tina Rae

    Wow. W O W. Wooooow. This is a FASCINATING book. So I picked this one up through Tin House's Galley Club and they pitched it as a punk rock memoir. Which is kind of what it is? But it also has element...

  • Stacia

    Bonner is a poet. I haven't read a lot of poetry, but the few books I have read that have been written by poets are written beautifully. Her writing style fits so well for the story of her sister -- ...

  • Shilo

    The Book of Atlantis Black reads like a personal account of an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. I swear I could even hear the creepy intro music to that show the whole way through. This memoir follows B...

  • Shawna

    I finished this book in one day. After I read the first page I was hooked and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what happened next....