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It's an engaging read, both because of the subject matter it covers and because of Kent's naked honesty. It's compelling because of the magnitude of what Kent has dealt with in his life, and on top of this, Kent succeeds in drawing the reader into the frustrating world of wrestling with bureaucracy and workers who just don't care.
A number of the figures here--Kent's dad, his ex-wife, and some of his fellow inmates--are painted in tragic and compelling detail, and this is in large part what makes the book so engrossing. Kent portrays himself as a head-down, stay-out-of-trouble inmate, but even so, I would actually have liked to see a bit more of Kent's interactions with some of these people (the inmates in particular)--the interactions he includes tend to be the most interesting parts of the book.
Portions of the book are presented topically rather than chronologically, and sorting out what happened when can be slightly confusing at times. This isn't a major problem, but I would definitely have preferred an earlier and more detailed account of the crime Kent committed (his explanation is relatively brief and comes more than halfway through the book). At times, Kent includes more physical or procedural detail than the casual reader may be interested in, but this too is only a minor problem--the book still reads pretty fast, and on the balance, its strengths easily outweigh its flaws.
In short, "It's Their House" is a compelling book, and if you're at all interested in what life in prison is like, you'll probably find it well worth your time.
This is an easy read by a man who is somewhat like us. I've read other accounts of prison life by totally other people who are hardcore criminals—rapists, murderers, etc—who reformed while in jail. Kent is not one of these people. He committed a white collar crime and is basically a nice guy who did a stupid thing.
I agree with so many of the 4 and 5 star reviews that I don't know what to add. Perhaps, I might contribute that the halfway house section is less interesting because it merely deals with the stupidity and laziness of the officials rather than with situations that have the potential for life and death consequences that being in the federal jail had.