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Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones

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A compelling, important addition to Hill Harper’s bestselling series, inspired by the numerous young inmates who write to him seeking guidance

After the publication of the bestselling Letters to a Young Brother, accomplished actor and speaker Hill Harper began to receive an increasing number of moving letters from inmates who yearned for a connection with a successful role
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Avery (first published September 17th 2013)
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Jasmine Holloman
Feb 05, 2014 Jasmine Holloman rated it really liked it
I love Hill Harper's books for he is such a positive role model for men and women alike. For the most part I enjoyed this book. It is more centered towards giving advice for individuals who are incarcerated and helping them transition to the real world.

Yet, it does have a lot of inspirational quotes for everyone to enjoy. At times Hill can be long-winded but overall it is a great,positive book.
Jun 21, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because it created a point of view from a prospective of accountability. It is not a secret that the United States incarcerates more people then everywhere else in the free world. However , this book demonstrates a different view of how families in general, play a role in the demise of a person suddenly finding themselves behind bars. The accountability piece comes in when a person does not possess sound decision making skills to overcome a bad outcome.
Dec 07, 2016 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I have never been to prison, nor am I male but I still found this book intriguing to read. I have enjoyed all of Hill Harper's book, he writes for all targeted readers and keeps you engaged throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone that is currently incarcerated or has been released prison, as it will give you hope that you can still live a normal life outside of prison, and that you can learn from your past mistakes. It also includes guides that you can follow while you are waiting ...more
This hardcover read is pretty thick but as usual Hill Harper gets right to it. It saddens me that there are young black males and Hispanics locked behind bars for crimes they were falsely identified or just took the rap for stuff they didn't do. We know that most of the time, jailbirds will say that I am innocent, knowingly are not, but to read the story about a young man's letters in jail at 16 is quite heart-breaking in which Harper admits I don't know sh*t.

I strongly wonder, how can we encou
Dysmonia Kuiper
Feb 06, 2014 Dysmonia Kuiper rated it liked it
Recommended to Dysmonia by: Sarah Thomas
Shelves: the-352
I should have read the title of this book more carefully before I began reading, because I was expecting to hear more from inmates than the author. Hill Harper, Harvard Law graduate, actor, humanitarian, and all-around pompous advice-giver, certainly has a lot to say about a system in which he has never been locked up. But, after the first quarter of the book or so, I warmed up to him. Although I found him a bit pedantic throughout, he truly does seem to care about the disenfranchisement of ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
I felt that Hill Harper's book, "Letter to an Incarcerated Brother" was much needed not only for brothers that are incarcerated but to the ones that may be headed down a path of destruction. As Hill corresponded with this man who remains nameless, his patience and free will to help had been tested. There are letters provided by others such as celebrities, musicians, activists, etc., who offered some really helpful advice in pulling this man out of the depth of his murky world of self-destruction ...more
May 13, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it
While Harper's appeal to Angela Davis's nutty "prison-industrial complex" is unfortunate and unnecessary for the context of this work, thankfully all absurdist philosophies lose most of their power the moment practicality becomes the primary focus, for there's no meaningful relationship to reality in ridiculous ideas. Harper's appeal to Davis's worldview is not completely harmless: African-American men have for generations used conspiracies to explain their condition, which deflects their ...more
Kevin Eleven
May 11, 2015 Kevin Eleven rated it really liked it
In Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, Hill Harper mentors a young imprisoned father who's life has been derailed due to his unfortunate incarceration. Throughout their first few letters, Hill writes from a place of guilt, sympathy and as well as awkwardness, as he feels awful for not being able to relate to the living conditions of this prison inmate. However, over time, the two develop an outstanding relationship as Hill becomes a viable mentor to this young incarcerated brother, helping him ...more
May 14, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it


With the harrowing statistics on African-American incarceration as his focus, the remarkable Hill Harper set out to address the needs of these young people with a positive and hands-on approach.

Hill Harper’s critically acclaimed, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother is the final instalment in a series of inspirational books to enable and uplift oppressed members of the global community.

However, this bo
Feb 06, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
This book almost brought tears to my eyes.

I have been interested in the prison system and the rehabilitation of the incarcerated into society in Canada and the United States for many years dating back to university. This book was very thought provoking especially as the reader gets real glimpses as to the mental state of the "incarcerated brother" in which Hill Harper corresponds with over a number of years.

Much of the advice Hill Harper gives the incarcerated inmate is advice many of us can use
Donna Lewis
Mar 19, 2014 Donna Lewis rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book. It is helpful not only for people in prison, or people with family members who are incarcerated, but it is a wonderful book for anyone feeling trapped by their circumstances and looking for a way to effect a change. Harper has tons of advise - practical tips on making the most out of the time spent in or on the way out of prison. However, he has encouraging letters from any number of people, and helpful expressions and quotes from Malcolm X to an ancient Chinese ...more
Anne Purnell
Apr 04, 2014 Anne Purnell rated it it was amazing
Incredible book. Hill is not just talking about the situation, he does something about it. What a great example. This book is for everyone not just for the incarcerated! Very inspiring, it left me wondering what role I can play to make the situation better. And a bonus he added a manual at the end.
Laura Shavers
Aug 21, 2014 Laura Shavers rated it it was amazing
"I am on page 13. Yes, only 13 and I had to put this book down. I'm just really thinking... This book is so deep at page 13 that I'm speechless."
Richelle Rivers
Feb 11, 2014 Richelle Rivers rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this book . I didn't think I would like it but I am finding it hard to put it down.
May 06, 2014 Michelle rated it did not like it
It was too boring got through the first few pages and I fell asleep. I thought it would be inspiring but it did have some interesting info at the end
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Excellent Read That Will Change Your Way Of Thinking!
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Francis Harper, known professionally as Hill Harper, is an American film, television and stage actor, and author. An alumnus of Harvard Law School, he is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS drama television series CSI: NY.
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