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ISBN13: 9780061351631
ISBN10: 0061351636
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Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children. A child psychologist suggested it. Words like prison and jail conjure up dangerous images for children, she explained. But it wasn't camp . . .

Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved--nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothes. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community--but his bank account couldn't keep up. Soon White began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to serve eighteen months in a federal prison.

But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy. Hidden away for decades, this small circle of outcasts had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. It is here, in a place rich with history, where the Mississippi River briefly runs north, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, that White's strange and compelling journey begins. He finds a new best friend in Ella Bounds, an eighty-year-old African American double amputee who had contracted leprosy as a child. She and the other secret people, along with a wacky troop of inmates, help White rediscover the value of simplicity, friendship, and gratitude.

Funny and poignant, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is an uplifting memoir that reminds us all what matters most.

Synopsis:

"A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham

"Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, leading a fulfilling life, and the importance of fatherhood in the most unlikely of places—the last leper colony in the continental United States. In the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain), White is “a splendid writer,” and In the Sanctuary of Outcasts “a book that will endure.”

Synopsis:

Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children. But it wasn't camp. . . .

Neil White wanted only the best for those he loved and was willing to go to any lengths to provide it—which is how he ended up in a federal prison in rural Louisiana, serving eighteen months for bank fraud. But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy—a small circle of outcasts who had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. In this place rich with history, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, White's strange and compelling new life journey began.

An extraordinary memoir at once funny, poignant, and uplifting, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts reminds us all what matters most.

About the Author

Neil White is the former publisher of New Orleans Magazine, Coast magazine, and Coast Business Journal. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he owns a small publishing company. This is his first book.

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chocolateandcroissants, June 29, 2010 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is an unlikely memoir that you need to read to really believe it is true. Author White is a white collar criminal and for his crime he is sentenced to a federal prison. Not just any federal prison, a federal prison where inmates and patients afflicted with leprosy and confined to Carville against their choice are housed together, sharing the same food and hallways.

The story is really quite a tragedy and outrage on our Public Health System. What made those afflicted with leprosy the lucky ones who had criminals preparing their food and would sometimes find themselves on the receiving end of inmates comments and stares.

For me it was a shock that in the late 1990's people were still forcibly quarantined in the United States. I was also rather disturbed by the selection of their neighbors. As the number of patients dwindled at Carville, the inmate population increased.

White's story has some entertaining and endearing moments. As a former magazine owner and journalist he sees potential in his stay at Carville for a story. White befriends some of the patients and delivers a very interesting and touching look into their lives and stay at Carville. Readers get a special insight into the life of a person, afflicted with Hansen's Disease.

White also provides us with a look into life in a federal prison located on lush green property and the interaction that occurs between inmates. His story in itself is not that remarkable. Successful business get greedy, gets caught, is sentenced. Ends up losing wife along the way.

What truly makes this a great story is not White's story but the story about a quarantined facility, a prison, the patients who lived there, the lives of inmates and the anecdotes about the visits from White's young children. Initially I had no tolerance for White-he liked the money and was willing to do what he needed to do to live the good life. Do I care if he is remorseful for his actions, no, although I have no patience for those who live the good life at the expense of ruining others financially. Initially I felt that he was exploiting his coveted status as an inmate/journalist who stumbled across a story. In the end, I do believe that he came to care about the patients and saw them as people as opposed to a story line.

Readers are given a rare opportunity to listen to the stories of both the married and unmarried patients. Hearing the words of patient Ella Bounds makes you stop, ponder and realize we all have something to be thankful for.

Why did I enjoy this book:

1. this memoir is different from many as it is not really White's story-we only hear about the story given White was a inmate
2. I loved this little piece of Louisiana history that I never knew about
3. the patients stories and lives were truly incredible-while reading the book I could see Ella as a young child being taken to the facility
4. the book made me think-can you imagine being dropped off at a facility never to see your family again
5. I have been to India and seen people afflicted with leprosy. Through my employment I have come into contact with those who are HIV positive and have full blown AIDS. As in India, it is a natural instinct to keep your distance, stay away and be concerned about you. No matter what your illness is, those afflicted are humans also, with needs, emotions, desires and feelings me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061351631
Author:
White, Neil
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.04x5.46x.88 in. .58 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham

"Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, leading a fulfilling life, and the importance of fatherhood in the most unlikely of places—the last leper colony in the continental United States. In the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain), White is “a splendid writer,” and In the Sanctuary of Outcasts “a book that will endure.”

"Synopsis" by ,

Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children. But it wasn't camp. . . .

Neil White wanted only the best for those he loved and was willing to go to any lengths to provide it—which is how he ended up in a federal prison in rural Louisiana, serving eighteen months for bank fraud. But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy—a small circle of outcasts who had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. In this place rich with history, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, White's strange and compelling new life journey began.

An extraordinary memoir at once funny, poignant, and uplifting, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts reminds us all what matters most.

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