Stars for THE SUN DOES SHINE

Stars for THE SUN DOES SHINE

What would you do if you were sent to death row for a crime you didn’t commit? What would you do if you were finally exonerated and released 30 years later? This happened to Anthony Ray Hinton, who in 1985, was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. An incompetent defense […]

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NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

NYTBR’s 10 Best Books of 2017 & Editor’s Picks

HOORAY! Two nonfiction titles made the New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2017” list and five more (plus two honorable mentions) are New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017! LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. A former public defender in Washington, Forman has […]

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Friday Reads: Biographies

Friday Reads: Biographies

Our #FridayReads are a couple of fascinating biographies: JACK AND NORMAN: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song” by Jerome Loving The tragic behind-the-scenes story of Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG, one of the most sensational literary events of the 20th century. “Loving’s gripping book offers a […]

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Stars for MANDELA: My Prisoner, My Friend

Stars for MANDELA: My Prisoner, My Friend

This Friday, we’re reading Christo Brand’s riveting biography: MANDELA: My Prisoner, My Friend. Afrikaner Brand was a prison guard in the maximum security facility on remote Robben Island, given charge of the country’s most infamous inmate: Nelson Mandela. Over 12 years, Brand became Mandela’s confidant and accomplice, celebrating his prisoner’s triumphs and suffering through his […]

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