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Myths, Memoirs and Confessions of an Ex-Felon Paperback – January 7, 2010
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About the Author
Rodney Maynor is a self published author of Myths, Memoirs and Confessions of an Ex-Felon. He was born and raised throughout his earlier years in Long Island, NY, along with his 4 other siblings. Upon moving to Edison, New Jersey, Rodney grew into a life of crime and was eventually incarcerated for more than 9 years in the federal system. When he was released in 2003, Rodney set in motion his initiatives to educate and alert the world of the perils that result from engaging in crime at an early age. In 2006, he consulted with the Union County Juvenile Probation Department to mentor recently released at-risk youths. Since then, 2 of those youths that he closely worked with have went on to be responsible individuals by maintaining steady employment and currently reaching back into their own communities. During 2008, Rodney co-hosted and produced A Black Man's View, an internet show on Youtube that addressed issues in the community and world. He's also the co-host and producer of RAW STEEL Radio & previously, SWeT Radio, both internet shows on blogtalkradio. Rodney, Founder of ZAE Publishing LLC, was a primary subject in a documentary DVD entitled Blacks In NJ that was produced in 2009, as well as co-produced & was co-playright of The Solitary Pen, a stage play based on this autobiography and performed in 2012. Rodney Maynor, a father of 3, now resides in Metuchen, NJ, where he publishes STEEL Magazine, which serves as a guide to uplift and empower individuals by equipping them with information & entertainment for an optimum lifestyle while aiming to preventing the rise of incarceration and death rates.
Top customer reviews
Every chapter sucked you in and made you connect in a way that left you craving for more, and eager to move on to the next one. I particulary loved the way the author fed you just enough to satisfy your cravings, but at the same time not overindulging.
Society does put this label of "Once a felon, always a felon", but people make mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance in life to right their wrongs. Being convicted of a crime, serving your time is one thing, but when you are thrown back into a world that is no longer what you left behind, surviving in it now becomes your biggest obstacle. You have two choices, being a repeat offender or showing the naysayers, and I quote his mom "You were born for greatness, Believe in yourself!"
I can see how writing this book made the author face his demons and how therapeutic it was for him.
Overall, great read and would highly recommend this book. I wish RoMay nothing but success in all his current and future projects. You are a winner.
Fascinated by a powerful intro of being thrusted into a world of incarceration, the book was an easy and fast read for any levels. Basic civilian can not fathom the horrors faced by those "in the cooler". My mind began to feel like I was in a RoMay "supermarket of life". The author compared apples to apples and "nuts to nuts" by explaining the do's and don't's of life as a prisoner and man. He ultimately created a fruit salad of understanding the humanity of having your freedom stripped away in order to pay for a shopping cart of bad deeds in the Express Lane. RoMay tantalizes your taste buds with heart wrenching events of survival in the big house as he reflects on his day to day struggle of maintaining the very sanity of confined living we take for granted. For any Scarface, thriller-seeking, reader: you will have calloused hands after turning the pages so hard to find out what happens next.
The book is based on hope, which some people today lack thereof. The plate of hope served by the author is filled with compassion and remorse. The book appeals to all genre of people, i.e. current drug dealers, teens contemplating a life of crime to obtain riches, single women needing advice on men or have a man locked up soon to be released, the families of inmates, new correction officers, half-way house residents dealing with recidivism, and those seeking to read a juicy story. Drugs, sex, and money are the junk foods that led this author to have clogged arteries that blocked his creative juices for so long that it explodes like an aneurismic heart attack onto the pages of this book. Bulimic? You might say that he eats all these bad things that he has done to his family/himself and then he pours his hopes, dreams, and disappointments out by throwing up the bad only to recover in the health food aisle of a life of goodness with his rebirth.
Catchy subtitles, quotes from famous hip hop/rappers, hidden meaning for the literature buffs. Each chapter is like a new supermarket aisle with more detail of close encounters of death that you can put into a recipe for life's disaster. Transitioning between 1993 and 2003 the author tells of his drowning in the stench of immortality. I began to think of the movie Menace to Society which appeared in movie theaters in 1993(same time his life began spiraling out of control) depicting galvanized violence and drug dealing. Then I wonder, had the author been influenced by these movies as other young men? Now people don't start thinking this author was another kid from the ghetto, growing up in a single family household with parents dabbling in drugs! No! It's not that kind of story- it's much more complicated and genius. Despite all of the love, growing up in the suburbs, in a nice home, with role models - people make bad choices sometimes. The choices he made were strictly built on this society's conditioning. Greed and the fantasy of being rich QUICKLY-unfortunately with poor intentions.
A mother's undying love, the withering of love during and after incarceration by girlfriends/lovers, and no love from the "homies" with betrayal entangled in deceit are all feelings experienced in this book.
Some audiences would probably not care about a convicted drug dealer's redemption because of the same society that doesn't believe in universal healthcare. However, the author's reform upon rebirth (release from prison) gives you warmth in your heart like the smell of a new born baby's belch after breast feeding.
I will leave you with one quote from the book that stuck with me, " I thought about how important it was for me to write a book that told my travels and experiences with HOPE of enlightening all those that read it." The author has a "jen ne sais quoi" that merges genius with thug that the younger generation can relate to. Yet, the author maintains weird sangfroid fear that makes me think he will return to purge more feelings in a Part II, maybe?
A tale of a young man rising above the entrapments of living the American Dream and moral quandary -buy it for a friend, relative, young person struggling, or a stranger on the street. Change someone's life like this "ex-felon" has changed his!
Many blessings to be received in your reading,
Heartfelt moments of the authors' presentation of love for his parents and daughters;definitely and eye opener for young men or women in the "lifestyle" to read and relate to, tastefully done and brutally honest to share his life on paper....therapeutic to say the least for the author.
A must read for all age groups!