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Those collected here are disturbing and horrific. They reveal, often in graphic detail, the worst kind of abuse: incest, drug addiction, spousal violence, parental neglect, or incompetence. They're also testimony to what social workers and health care professionals have confirmed for years--that those who populate our prisons are often victims first themselves. Thus, the telling of these stories serves as a form of therapy. They are also sad accounts of the brutalities many suffer, yet few discuss: "One day I figured out a dying little girl lived inside of me, so I threw her a lifeline in the form of paper and pen." Considering the degradation the contributors have experienced both in and outside prison, the courage, candor, and honesty with which they speak truly make these stories, as difficult as they are to read, "victories against voicelessness--miracles in print." --Silvana Tropea --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A.MAZ.ING!!!! A clear look at the lives of women who are incarcerated. While the book does not always go into why they are in prison and what their crimes were, their stories are... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amy Danick
After finishing season 3 of Orange is the New Black, and wanting to know more about the reality of prison life (as opposed to the Hollywood version), I bought this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DC mom
I wasn't sure what to expect, and while these stories are full or hurt and pain, it's not a bleeding train wreck. This is a book full of hope and memories of good times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lowly Peon