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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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The bestselling author of "Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life" returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452864349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452864341
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,201,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1981, Jack Henry Abbott, a con with a history of burglaries and a murder while incarcerated, walked out of prison a free man thanks to the efforts of the author Norman Mailer who misguidedly advocated for his early release due to Mr. Abbott's exceptional literary efforts in prison which resulted in his published novel IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST.

Within a couple of weeks, Abbott murdered Richard Adan, an aspiring actor who was working as a waiter at a restaurant called Binibon's in the East Village over an argument pertaining to Abbott's request to use the washroom.

In 1998, Gary Goldstein, a habitual abuser of narcotics and alcohol, held up a string of dry cleaning establishments in uptown Manhattan. Under the influence, he used a toy gun and in this same inebriated presence of mind, confessed to the cops who promised him leniency if he cooperated without the presence of a lawyer.

Unfortunately, Goldstein wasn't seen as meshuganah high on pills and alcohol, but rather as a danger to society and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Mr. Goldstein spent his time productively in lockup, not unlike Abbott, researching, learning and familiarizing himself with the system...and then writing a novel: JEW IN JAIL. Unlike Abbott, Goldstein comes from a loving and supportive Brooklyn family and hadn't grown up in "the system". A college graduate with great promise who worked in the journalism field, at one point Goldstein was a productive member of society pursuing his passion which was writing and sports coverage, however, that career slowly deteriorated, his criminal behavior reflecting increasingly antisocial choices due to his addictions which he had found no means to control.
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When I was asked to review this book, I was intrigued from the off. I notice that Gary is now a motivational speaker and from reading this book, I am not surprised. The true life story begins with Gary leaving home with a toy gun and a bookie to settle, and it ends with him being sent to prison for multiple robbery!

Gary tells his tale throughout in his own candid way and his voice is one of a strong, very opinionated man. First of all, it is obvious from his crimes that he was heavily under the influence of drink and drugs, and not of sound mind; he is arrested on the street, casually drinking a bottle of Bud, having robbed 3 dry cleaners of their cash to pay off his debt. Not the actions of a hardened criminal, but obviously needing to be punished all the same.

What infuriated me about this was not Gary's actions, (which obviously are inexcusable), but the obvious stitch-up job by the police, his lawyer, and even his Judge. Gary soon finds himself, sober, shocked and in jail on a 7 year prison term. I have to say, I wanted to slap his lawyer on more than one occasion and I am sure I would be part of a long queue.

This book is essentially Gary's prison diaries, he lays it all bare, his addictions, crimes, thoughts, feelings;they are all laid out in the many, many pages of his well edited and produced work.

I loved this book. It is an epic read, but every detail, no matter how small, is necessary to the book to give you a real sense of just what prison is like, and what feelings it stirs up. Gary himself is quite often opinionated, often feeling superior to his cellmates and wardens and this does show in his work. He gets into petty battles over things with the wardens, leading to a high number of Tier tickets for his behaviour.
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By AnnaBernyc on July 22, 2012
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I saw this book posted somewhere on facebook and I didnt save the name so I spent hours looking for the book again. I finally found it emailed the wrong Gary then got the right one.

It was so worth all the trouble to get a copy to review. I loved this book.

It left me wanted to know more about Gary and his life. I laughed cried cheered.

I told my mom about this book and she is going to read it also.

I give it a 5 star rated for a 2 reasons 1. Left me wanting more 2. It was so well written I felt like I was right there

I was emailed a pdf copy to read and review after I contacted Gary Goldstein
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This is a powerful story of one man's struggle to defeat obstacles, both inner and outer. There is a lesson to all of consequences and individual responsibility. `If you are down at the bottom, there is only one way to go - up'. Using courage and insight, Goldstein proves to himself and others it's possible. Faith and hope are encouraging aspects of his journey.

A great read guaranteed to help others.
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Jew In Jail: Gary Goldstein

Not everyone faces the world in the same way. Not everyone feels they have to abide by the rules, work for a living without taking what does not belong to them. Some justify their actions because they need to fill a void, need to overcome a problem or just because they in this case owe money to someone. Drugs, alcohol, pills, medication and poor self-esteem are a deadly combination when mixed together. Minds can be dulled, reflexes impaired and thoughts blinded by the lack of understanding caused by all of the above. When one young man named Gary Goldstein sets his sites on robbing three dry cleaners for the sake of ripping them off in order to pay his bookie the money owed him, little did he think, know or understand that his life would change forever.

Gary decided to take his chances and follow his instincts when executing these robberies. In 1998 Gary Goldstein strung out on drugs, alcohol and pills a deadly combination with a toy gun tucked away and used for effect only to scare his victims not only confessed to the cops under suspicious conditions, thought he might be set free if he told them the truth, but wound up in jail without any contact with the outside world for quite some time. A lawyer that was definitely not on his side and a sidebar meeting that would tilt the hands of justice and balance the scale but not in his direction, Gary hoped that the judge would be kind, give him a lighter sentence if he gave the police what they wanted before he lawyered up as they say. But, although he hoped to be seen as someone off balance, crazy and in need of some sympathy and help the judge, the police and the court deemed him a menace of danger to society and hence her was sent to the tombs and then Rikers.
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