Reading in Prison
February 27, 2010 5:52 PM Subscribe
If you could come up with reading list for a young man doing a 16-year prison sentence, what would be on it?
posted by John of Michigan to Writing & Language (40 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
One of my former students was recently sentenced to prison for multiple home invasions. Yes, what he did was wrong, and, yes, he'll be paying the price for the next decade and a half. But he'll be getting out eventually and I don't want his intellect to completely stultify in stir. In the past, I've sent copies of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Makes Me Wanna Holler, and Soul on Ice to some other incarcerated former students whose sentences weren't as long, but it looks like this guy will have a little more time to kill, so I need to expand my prison-lit repertoire. Any suggestions?