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

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In a stunning work of insight and hope, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb once again reveals his unmatched talent for finding humanity in the lost and lonely and celebrates the transforming power of the written word.

For several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. In this unforgettable collection, the women of York describe in their own words how they were imprisoned by abuse, rejection, and their own self-destructive impulses long before they entered the criminal justice system. Yet these are powerful stories of hope and healing, told by writers who have left victimhood behind.

In his moving introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writing and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. Couldn't Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.

Review:

"In his introduction, Lamb calls the workshop 'a journey rich with laughter, tears, [and] heart-stopping leaps of faith.' To the credit of Lamb and his authors, this book, the end product of the workshop, is as well." Publishers Weekly

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"One truth this book affirms is the capacity for people to change....It is in this change that hope resides; lying next to and rising out of despair, hope permeates the book. Why, in the end, does Lamb want us to care about 10 women in prison? Perhaps because in noticing the humanity of others, we become more human ourselves." Kathy Boudin, The Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Lamb once again reveals his talent for finding the humanity in the lost and lonely — a group of incarcerated women at the York Correctional Institution where he taught writing. His powerful Introduction describes the incredible process by which these women found their true voices, and how they challenged him as a teacher and as a writer. Photos throughout.

About the Author

The author of the number one New York Times bestsellers She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb still contributes time as a volunteer facilitator at the York Correctional Institution. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. His third novel is The Hour I First Believed.

Table of Contents

  1. Notes to the reader
  2. Couldn't keep it to ourselves /Wally Lamb
  3. The true face of earth
  4. Orbiting Izzy /Nancy Whiteley
  5. Thefts /Carolyn Ann Adams
  6. Hair chronicles /Tabatha Rowley
  7. Three steps past the monkeys /Nancy Birkla
  8. Hell, and how I got here /Brenda Medina
  9. Christmas in prison /Robin Cullen
  10. Faith, power, and pants /Bonnie Foreshaw
  11. Puzzle pieces /Barbara Parsons Lane
  12. Motherlove /Michelle Jessamy
  13. Snapshots of my early life /Diane Bartholomew
  14. Bad girls /Dale Griffith.

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Denise Barnett, January 20, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Barnett)
Wally Lamb agreed to teach the women inmates of York Correction how to express themselves through writing, at the request of the warden, in an attempt to help lower suicide rates at the institution. Prisoners are not allowed to benefit financially in any way from an account of their crime so these are stories he helped them write about their lives. They are tragically true - sometimes funny, sometimes sad - memories that the women were able to express like never before with Mr Lamb's help. Couple that with the fact that Wally took the time and interest to help those in the most unfortunate of circumstances, chosing to see the person and not the deed, makes for not only a great book but an inspiration for other's to care about our fellow man (or women in this case.)
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bammagal, December 7, 2007 (view all comments by bammagal)
I think that two of the most amazing writings were by Nancy Birkley and Carolyn Adams, although all of the women's stories were interesting, I didn't feel that their skill level was as advanced as the first two writers. I am so surprised that Lifetime hasn't tried to make any of these true stories into a made for TV movie. They certainly contain real life action, drama, heartbreak, cruelty and pain yet with a glimpse at the end of hope. What are they waiting for? Many of these stories I could see as movies.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060595371
Subtitle:
Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters
Author:
Lamb, Wally
Author:
Birkla, Nancy
Author:
ina, Brenda
Author:
by Wally Lamb
Author:
Bartholomew, Diane
Author:
Whiteley, Nancy
Author:
Cullen, Robin
Author:
Medina, Brenda
Author:
Rowley, Tabitha
Author:
Griffith, Dale
Author:
med
Author:
Goodwin, Carolyn Adams
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20040203
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.92 in 17.12 oz

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"Review" by , "In his introduction, Lamb calls the workshop 'a journey rich with laughter, tears, [and] heart-stopping leaps of faith.' To the credit of Lamb and his authors, this book, the end product of the workshop, is as well."
"Review" by , "One truth this book affirms is the capacity for people to change....It is in this change that hope resides; lying next to and rising out of despair, hope permeates the book. Why, in the end, does Lamb want us to care about 10 women in prison? Perhaps because in noticing the humanity of others, we become more human ourselves."
"Synopsis" by , Lamb once again reveals his talent for finding the humanity in the lost and lonely — a group of incarcerated women at the York Correctional Institution where he taught writing. His powerful Introduction describes the incredible process by which these women found their true voices, and how they challenged him as a teacher and as a writer. Photos throughout.
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