prisoners

Couldn't Keep it to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters

By Wally Lamb

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This is a riveting set of contemporary autobiographical stories about female prisoners and ex-prisoners. The women talk about their lives before and during prison, many of which will curdle your blood. This is a compelling look at a side of life most of us (hopefully) never experience first-hand.
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Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Power - A Journey from Prison to Power

By Patrice Gaines

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"An award-winning Washington Post reporter explores the twisted path she traveled to find her place as a confident black female in a world that values whiteness and maleness. Here is a rich and insightful story of a life lived on the edge by a woman formerly preoccupied with pleasing everyone but herself."

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Papillon

By Henri Charriere

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This is the true story of Henri Charriere (better known as "Papillon" or "the butterfly"), a prisoner so determined to escape the notorious Devil's Island, he attempted it multiple times until he reached old age.

 

On Film:
Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon and Anthony Zerbe star in the 1973 film.

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