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From the Author

I would like to offer an update to potential purchasers of Sex, Lies, and the Classroom. A review posted here by "Noah Sturr" and another by "Redryder", highlighted some copy editing issues that might affect one's decision to purchase my novel. Taking these reviews to heart, I added a second editor to my publishing team and after a meticulous review of the manuscript, both I and editing team, have addressed those copy editing issues and we are confident that the Sex, Lies, and the Classroom text is as meticulous and grammatically correct as we can make it and represents a quality purchase that you will not be disappointed in. I welcome all your reviews as they help us to make my work the best it can possibly be.

I am very proud of Sex, Lies, and the Classroom and I trust that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thank you.
James P. Wilcox

About the Author

James Wilcox, a former newspaper photographer and writer, is currently a high school social studies teacher in Kansas City, where is lives with his wife and three children. James is also the author of novels Sex, Lies, and the Classroom and The M-16 Agenda, as well as a work of poetry titled Musings of a Particular Bear: A Poetry Collection.  James is currently working on his third novel. Miracle Child is James's first non-fiction book.

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  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003I84MBE
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Camelia Tawhiti on February 16, 2013
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This is the first time I have read James P. Wilcox and it wont be the last.

I jumped into this book and I loved it!

The stark realities, the injustices in the judicial, educational, and protective systems,create a feeling of shock and helplessness, you will feel it.
This book had me not wanting to put it down I just had to know if things would get better. How the hell things would get better. Then I continued to read even though I thought it could never get better.
This is a scary story of possible realities.

An excellent read!
I highly recommend it.

Thank you James!
Camelia
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Scarberry on July 24, 2012
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The realities of students in urban schools and those who are hired to teach them, has made for an eye-opening novel. My life growing up in a small town in California where, believe it or not, non-Caucasians were boycotted from purchasing a home, this novel was shocking.
With the twists and turns in this novel and fear of giving too much away, I think I will only say one more thing---I'm glad James P. Wilcox wrote this great debut novel. We all need to stay informed regarding urban schools and the types of injustices teachers face.
I highly recommend you read this book!

Rebecca Scarberry
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Just Jim on August 22, 2012
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What a moving first novel!! As a parent and former teacher this book touched home in so so many ways. A dedicated teacher thinking he could make a difference ----stuck with an indifferent administration and a group of burn-outs masquerading as teachers. So sad that O'Connell finally succumbs to the herd mentality and becomes just another baby-sitter for pathetic kids going nowhere. I would highly recommend this book to all lover's of good 'non-fiction' fiction.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MJDL on April 13, 2013
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I could not put the book down. As a retired teacher, my stomach hurt for O'Connell. The writer puts you into the story.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Dye, author of YAKUZA DYNASTY on April 23, 2012
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"Sex, Lies and the Classroom" is an unapologetic novel that deals with the realities of students in urban schools and the harried teachers who are charged with teaching them. James P. Wilcox provides a realistic and balanced portrayal of the culture clash in the classroom between these monster students and their college-educated (and usually white) teachers. We also get a look the tragic lives the students lead outside of school, as well as the petty bureaucracy teachers have to deal with outside of the classroom.

I won't reveal much of the plot as the constant twists and escalation in the drama are what makes "Sex, Lies and the Classroom" such a pleasurable read. The protagonist, Nathaniel O'Connell, sees himself as the type of inspiring teacher they make lame made-for-T.V. movies about. He's hard on his students, but only because he believes they can achieve more. However, he angers some students by suspending them on the first day of school, and they conspire to have O'Connell fired for sexual misconduct.

Like J.K. Rowling or James Clavell, Wilcox has a talent for making your blood boil from the injustices done to his protagonist. You will keep reading, hoping O'Connell will be vindicated. But as in every great story, Wilcox throws up obstacle after obstacle to keep his hero from achieving his goal.

"Sex, Lies and the Classroom" has a very personal feel to the narrative. (In fact, Wilcox even accidentally slips into the first person a couple of times!) This lends a realism and a human interest to the story that would be very difficult to achieve for another writer. It certainly makes for a unique read.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend "Sex, Lies and the Classroom" to anyone who likes good drama.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pam M. on April 21, 2013
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I found the whole premise of the book to be very thought provoking. It read as very believable. While I didn't completely understand the main character or like many of the other characters, I still felt for all of them & the culture in which they are bound.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2012
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I sought permission to use the Prologue as part of my blog article on Sex, Lives and the Classroom by James P. Wilcox. The emotion, intensity and...anger and pain were so pronounced that I believe it represents a true story...for somebody...

Just as we are appalled by sexual abuse of children, I was equally horrified while I read this story. We had an accusal of one person of another in the family, which was false. We were all upset when that happened. At the same time, we learned years later that there were a number of children who were abused in our family, including myself. This is not something that ever goes away. But when our children learn that they can use the words as a tool to get an unlikable person fired, hurt, or disgraced, while at the same time they are honest and, in fact, really trying to help...it is quite simply a disaster...

Thus the delicate balance between teachers and school students, especially when race, culture, or sexuality enters the picture.

This is a story about an inner city school, where the weather detracts everybody from wanting to even attend school. There is a predominance of one race in the school. We do not know how or why the teacher, not of that race, has decided to accept a position there.

The way I read the Prologue and the story, we quickly learn that this teacher has recognized exactly what happens in this school and is trying to confront the situation in order to make an impact, good or bad, and gain attention and hopefully discussion and feedback.

For instance, he has started first day classes by waving the American flag and singing "The Star Spangled Banner." Personally I thought it was funny...but for their own reasons, three teen girls talked at and back to their male teacher.
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