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A Woman Doing Life: Notes from a Prison for Women

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A Woman Doing Life is the only book that tells stories of women in prison from the inside out. Author and inmate Erin George draws a vivid and uniquely raw portrait of female life in prison, detailing her own responses to incarceration as well as her observations of prison relationships, death and sickness, reactions from friends and family, and even "cooking" in prison. T ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I went into this book not expecting much, especially considering I was reading it for class. Instead what I found was quite surprising. I LOVED it. It's hilarious, moving, and makes you feel like you understand prison a lot better than you did before. I went into this book having stereotypes of what prison life was like and realized I was mistaken. I recommend this book to anyone who has a spare day, as it only took me 1 day to read!
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Erin George is serving a 603-year sentence for the murder of her
husband at a maximum security women's prison. Although she denies
guilt of her crime, this book does not focus on her culpability. It is
a book describing her days as a "lifer" at Fluvanna Correctional
Center for Women. George has an excellent command for language and
offers a compassionate behind-the-scenes look into life as a prisoner.
She has learned to stand up for herself and accept the lack of privacy
involved in incarceration and i
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
In the preface for her book A Woman Doing Life, Erin George lays out her intentions for writing it: provide a thoughtful, unbiased description of prison life; to create a more productive, humane prison system; raise support for improved education for inmates; and to make Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women a more healthy and constructive place (vi-vii). The subsequent eight chapters support her first objective in a detached and dry first person narration. George does not develop an engaging v ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Engrossing and nuanced look at the realities of life for incarcerated women in the United States. Written by award-winning poet and "lifer" Erin George. Reads more like a tell-all memoir than a college level textbook, the only real reminder are the editorial analyses and reference notes at the beginning and end of each chapter. Fascinating and thought-provoking volume.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, dcar, non-fiction
This is a fabulous look into what life is like for women who are incarcerated. Presents as an ethnography, reads like a memoir. This style made it easily accessible to readers from any background who is looking for more information about what the system is like for women... regardless of educational background or reading level.

Would definitely recommend.
Stephanie Hickman
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A real eye opener to what women behind bars go through.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
I can't be more relieved to finished this book. It was a struggle and then some.
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