The Prisoner s Wife

Author: Asha Bandele
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439125198
Release Date: 2010-05-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

As a favor for a friend, a bright and talented young woman volunteered to read her poetry to a group of prisoners during a Black History Month program. It was an encounter that would alter her life forever, because it was there, in the prison, that she would meet Rashid, the man who was to become her friend, her confidant, her husband, her lover, her soul mate. At the time, Rashid was serving a sentence of twenty years to life for his part in a murder. The Prisoner's Wife is a testimony, for wives and mothers, friends and families. It's a tribute to anyone who has ever chosen, against the odds, to love.

The Prisoner s Wife

Author: Susan Page Davis
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781624168246
Release Date: 2013-03-01
Genre: Fiction

Lucy lost Jack years ago. Jack Hunter's father was a drunk and a criminal, and Lucy Hamblin's father believed the apple lay near the tree. When her father forbade their love, Lucy buried her heart out of obedience, but she never stopped loving Jack. On a strange evening four years later, she's summoned to the local jail. Jack has been accused of murder and has a request to make of Lucy. It appears Jack Hunter will hang in the morning, and to preserve his property and provide for the woman he loves, he asks Lucy to marry him. When his trial is postponed and ultimately dismissed, Jack has new worries: Lucy agreed to become a prosoner's widow, not the wife of a man her father despised. Can Lucy and Jack accept he Lord's miracle of preservation - of Jack's life and reputation...and the love they believed they'd lost?

The Prisoner s Wife

Author: Gerard Macdonald
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250012432
Release Date: 2012-05-08
Genre: Fiction

The Prisoner's Wife is a political thriller ripped from today's headlines –a tense trip through the murky worlds of state– sponsored terrorism, nuclear politics, secret American jails and lawless rendition. Shawn Maguire, unemployed American spy, has been paid to find a young Iranian now being interrogated in one of the CIA's black prisons. The prisoner may be in Fes, in Cairo or in Peshawar, but Shawn has every confidence that he'll find his man. Based on his time as an agent, it's an assignment he knows he can handle. But he's not so sure he can handle... the prisoner's wife. Gerard Macdonald's The Prisoner's Wife takes a pulse-pounding look at the political intrigue in the Middle-East.

Desperado s Wife

Author: Amy Friedman
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 9781624884269
Release Date: 2012-11-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Suburban raised and Ivy League educated, Amy Friedman is an American writer living in Ontario, Canada. A minor celebrity, she writes a newspaper column about whatever pleases her--subjects as far flung as life on the sheep farm she shares with her lover; South African apartheid; good bourbon; flying a Cessna. Her life seems charmed. Then one day a local prison volunteer challenges her to write about the prisons that surround her adopted city. Prison is in her blood; her grandfather and her father both were prisoners of war, and Friedman has always fought for the rights of those less fortunate than she. At a nearby medium security penitentiary she meets administrators and guards as well as dozens of prisoners, among them the chairman of the inmate committee: Will is a handsome, charming Lifer who turned down a college hockey scholarship to join a motorcycle gang. Now he is serving year 7 of a 13-to-Life sentence for murdering another drug dealer. And yes, Will is guilty. But he is also one of the few men Friedman trusts is telling her the truth about life inside. When prison administrators tell her she can no longer talk to him--guards have complained he's too political--Friedman rebels. And that rebellion results in banishment from prison. Everything begins to unravel as Friedman gives up the idea of writing about prison and instead signs on to be Will's visitor. As she falls in love with him, friends and colleagues ostracize her, but when they are threatened with separation, they marry behind prison walls. Friedman becomes part of a world once entirely unknown to her. When Will's two daughters move in with her, what was once a literary life becomes a battle against prison officials and politicians, a struggle to keep the family afloat, and a steep journey toward learning just what justice is for those on the inside, and for their loved ones. One Woman Army writer and activist Claire Culhane becomes Friedman's friend and champion. Friedman shares time with her husband in prison trailers, and she finds out who her true friends are. For seven years together they work towards his parole. When he is released on day parole, Will is unprepared for life outside. As he disintegrates, so does the marriage. What remains is a stronger, if sadder woman, a vital and loving bond with the girls she has helped to raise as her own, and deep insights about what is happening to those millions and millions of innocents who happen to love someone inside. This is a book anyone who has ever loved against the odds will cherish, for it is about what love can and cannot do.

Prisoner of Tehran

Author: Marina Nemat
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 141655663X
Release Date: 2007-05-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

What would you give up to protect your loved ones? Your life? In her heartbreaking, triumphant, and elegantly written memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat tells the heart-pounding story of her life as a young girl in Iran during the early days of Ayatollah Khomeini's brutal Islamic Revolution. In January 1982, Marina Nemat, then just sixteen years old, was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death for political crimes. Until then, her life in Tehran had centered around school, summer parties at the lake, and her crush on Andre, the young man she had met at church. But when math and history were subordinated to the study of the Koran and political propaganda, Marina protested. Her teacher replied, "If you don't like it, leave." She did, and, to her surprise, other students followed. Soon she was arrested with hundreds of other youths who had dared to speak out, and they were taken to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Two guards interrogated her. One beat her into unconsciousness; the other, Ali, fell in love with her. Sentenced to death for refusing to give up the names of her friends, she was minutes from being executed when Ali, using his family connections to Ayatollah Khomeini, plucked her from the firing squad and had her sentence reduced to life in prison. But he exacted a shocking price for saving her life -- with a dizzying combination of terror and tenderness, he asked her to marry him and abandon her Christian faith for Islam. If she didn't, he would see to it that her family was harmed. She spent the next two years as a prisoner of the state, and of the man who held her life, and her family's lives, in his hands. Lyrical, passionate, and suffused throughout with grace and sensitivity, Marina Nemat's memoir is like no other. Her search for emotional redemption envelops her jailers, her husband and his family, and the country of her birth -- each of whom she grants the greatest gift of all: forgiveness.

Memoirs from the Women s Prison

Author: Nawāl Saʻdāwī
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520088883
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Provides an account of the author's twenty-two day term in a women's prison in Egypt, where she was held on charges of attacking the ruling system, and where she stayed until President Sadat was assassinated

Wrestling with the Devil

Author: Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 9781620973349
Release Date: 2018-03-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A New York Times Editors’ Choice "A welcome addition to the vast literature produced by jailed writers across the centuries . . . [a] thrilling testament to the human spirit." —Ariel Dorfman, The New York Times Book Review "Wrestling with the Devil is a powerful testament to the courage of Ngũgĩ and his fellow prisoners and validation of the hope that an independent Kenya would eventually emerge." —Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Ngũgĩ of Wrestling with the Devil called not just for adding a bit of color to the canon’s sagging shelf, but for abolition and upheaval." —Bookforum An unforgettable chronicle of the year the brilliant novelist and memoirist, long favored for the Nobel Prize, was thrown in a Kenyan jail without charge Wrestling with the Devil, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s powerful prison memoir, begins literally half an hour before his release on December 12, 1978. In one extended flashback he recalls the night, a year earlier, when armed police pulled him from his home and jailed him in Kenya’s Kamĩtĩ Maximum Security Prison, one of the largest in Africa. There, he lives in a prison block with eighteen other political prisoners, quarantined from the general prison population. In a conscious effort to fight back the humiliation and the intended degradation of the spirit, Ngũgĩ—the world-renowned author of Weep Not, Child; Petals of Blood; and Wizard of the Crow—decides to write a novel on toilet paper, the only paper to which he has access, a book that will become his classic, Devil on the Cross. Written in the early 1980s and never before published in America, Wrestling with the Devil is Ngũgĩ’s account of the drama and the challenges of writing the novel under twenty-four-hour surveillance. He captures not only the excruciating pain that comes from being cut off from his wife and children, but also the spirit of defiance that defines hope. Ultimately, Wrestling with the Devil is a testimony to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, which is truly the story of all art.

Sweet Hell on Fire

Author: Sara Lunsford
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402270772
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A gritty, raw, and engrossing voice."—Publishers Weekly I was a bad mother, a bad daughter, a bad wife, a bad friend. Boozed out and tired, with no dreams and no future. But I was a good officer. Sara Lunsford helped cage the worst of the worst, from serial killers to sex criminals. At the end of every day, when she walked out the prison gate, she had to try to shed the horrors she witnessed. But the darkness invaded every part of her life, no matter how much she tried to immerse herself in a liquor bottle. She couldn't hide from the things that hurt her, the things that made her bleed, the things that still rise up in the dark and choke her. With a magnetic, raw voice that you won't soon forget, Sweet Hell on Fire grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. It's a hardscrabble climb from rock bottom to the new ground of a woman who understands the meaning of sacrifice, the joy of redemption, and the quiet haven to be found in hope.

Memoirs of a Prisoner s Wife

Author: L. S. Taylor
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781503562578
Release Date: 2015-04-23
Genre: Fiction

A conman is deceptively the most charming, lovable rascal in the world. He can be deadly irresistible. This is a story of misplaced trust and hope. It tells how an otherwise intelligent woman could be so stupid in relationships and how lonely women can be conned out of so much. Most of the events are true, but some fiction has been added to enhance the tale of woe.

A Question of Freedom

Author: Dwayne Betts
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101133361
Release Date: 2009-08-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A unique prison narrative that testifies to the power of books to transform a young man's life At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts-a good student from a lower- middle-class family-carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is a "certifiable" offense, meaning that Betts would be treated as an adult under state law. A bright young kid, he served his nine-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state. A Question of Freedom chronicles Betts's years in prison, reflecting back on his crime and looking ahead to how his experiences and the books he discovered while incarcerated would define him. Utterly alone, Betts confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Confined by cinder-block walls and barbed wire, he discovers the power of language through books, poetry, and his own pen. Above all, A Question of Freedom is about a quest for identity-one that guarantees Betts's survival in a hostile environment and that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime.

Running the Books

Author: Avi Steinberg
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 9780767931311
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to attend Harvard, he has nothing but a senior thesis on Bugs Bunny to show for himself. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, Steinberg remains stuck at a crossroads, his “romantic” existence as a freelance obituary writer no longer cutting it. Seeking direction (and dental insurance) Steinberg takes a job running the library counter at a Boston prison. He is quickly drawn into the community of outcasts that forms among his bookshelves—an assortment of quirky regulars, including con men, pimps, minor prophets, even ghosts—all searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. Steinberg recounts their daily dramas with heartbreak and humor in this one-of-a-kind memoir—a piercing exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man's earnest attempt to find his place in the world.

Fish

Author: T. J. Parsell
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780786733019
Release Date: 2009-04-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

When seventeen-year-old T. J. Parsell held up the local Photo Mat with a toy gun, he was sentenced to four and a half to fifteen years in prison. The first night of his term, four older inmates drugged Parsell and took turns raping him. When they were through, they flipped a coin to decide who would "own" him. Forced to remain silent about his rape by a convict code among inmates (one in which informers are murdered), Parsell's experience that first night haunted him throughout the rest of his sentence. In an effort to silence the guilt and pain of its victims, the issue of prisoner rape is a story that has not been told. For the first time Parsell, one of America's leading spokespeople for prison reform, shares the story of his coming of age behind bars. He gives voice to countless others who have been exposed to an incarceration system that turns a blind eye to the abuse of the prisoners in its charge. Since life behind bars is so often exploited by television and movie re-enactments, the real story has yet to be told. Fish is the first breakout story to do that.

The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict

Author: Austin Reed
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780812997095
Release Date: 2016
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

"The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict is a rare and original autobiography, a first-person account of a young black man's life as an indentured servant, a juvenile delinquent, and a prisoner in New York State in the mid-nineteenth century. Austin Reed was born a free man near Rochester, NY in the 1820s. As a young adult, he was sent to a juvenile reform school in Manhattan, where he learned to read and write. In the decades that followed, Reed would be repeatedly incarcerated for theft in a state prison in Auburn. It was there that he began to write this memoir, which explores America's first reformatory and first industrial prison from an inmate's point of view, and the great cruelties and kindnesses he experienced in those places, excavating patterns of racial segregation, exploitation, and bondage extending beyond the boundaries of the slaveholding South, into free New York. A work of uncommon, haunting beauty, this is a major historical document that transforms our understanding of nineteenth-century history and literature"--

Something Like Beautiful

Author: asha bandele
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061710377
Release Date: 2009-01-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An award-winning journalist describes how her relationship with a prisoner rendered her a heartbroken single mother when he was denied parole and sentenced to deportation, after which she fell into depression and addiction before finding the strength to move on and pursue another love. 40,000 first printing.