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Inside by Michael G. Santos
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Oct 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography-memoir, nonfiction, rws-2014-summer, 2014-read
Read from June 12 to 16, 2014

An impressive feat to write this book in longhand and end up with an even semi-readable account. The book isn't quite sure what story it wants to tell: that of the author, that of the craziest folks he met in prison, that of the prison system more broadly. This bit of unfocus detracts some from the experience of reading and enjoying this book. Still, the anecdotes are believable and well-written and the ability of Mr. Santos to survive a long prison sentence with relative sanity and dignity is impressive. Also, I'd love to read his wife's memoir. How did she come to form a relationship and marry an inmate? What made her willing to move across the country to be close to him? Perhaps more of that story is available in one of Santos' other books.

Fair warning: the book is graphic and contains descriptions of prison rape and gang violence. Not for the feint-hearted.

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