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15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom [NOOK Book]

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"This tension-filled memoir by a prisoner turned activist and artist may seem familiar after Jennifer Gonnerman's NBA-nominated Life on the Outside, but unlike Gonnerman, Papa describes excessive imprisonment under harsh drug laws with the grim certainty of firsthand experience. In 1984, he rashly agreed, for $500, to deliver a package containing four and a half ounces of cocaine for a gambling acquaintance. It ...
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Overview

From Publishers Weekly review:

"This tension-filled memoir by a prisoner turned activist and artist may seem familiar after Jennifer Gonnerman's NBA-nominated Life on the Outside, but unlike Gonnerman, Papa describes excessive imprisonment under harsh drug laws with the grim certainty of firsthand experience. In 1984, he rashly agreed, for $500, to deliver a package containing four and a half ounces of cocaine for a gambling acquaintance. It turned out to be a sting, and Papa was convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life. Although at first suffused with melodramatic regret, the account becomes leaner when Papa arrives at Sing Sing and describes the hazards and absurdities of the notoriously crowded, grimy prison. He found spiritual release from despair and violence through educational programs on painting, writing and law. Papa's public stature rose after a painting of his was exhibited at the Whitney Museum, and after numerous travails threatened his health and sanity, he was granted executive clemency after 12 years behind bars. Papa has since been active with the group Mothers of the Disappeared and the movement to repeal the overly harsh Rockefeller drug laws; his paintings combine surrealist overtones with hard-edged subjects often derived from the prison-industrial complex, and they reflect the material of his book memorably."
--Publishers Weekly

“Anthony Papa has written a riveting account of how he courageously painted his way to freedom from prison after unnecessarily serving twelve years. His story puts a human face on the nearly one miliion nonviolent drug offenders confined in prisons throughout the country.”
--Susan Sarandon, actor/activist

“Papa’s story gives me the chills. He’s been through so much you won’t believe it ‘till you read it.”
--Jack Black -Actor

“A powerful memoir of one man’s struggle for freedom, 15 to Life tells in vivid prose the story of Anthony Papa, a painter and a casualty of the War on Drugs. This journey of a soul shows the power of art to transcend the violence of prison, and all that is possible when the human spirit refuses to be contained. Papa’s account should be required reading for New York lawmakers and all Americans who care about civil liberties.”
--Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking)

“This tension-filled memoir by a prisoner turned activist and artist may seem familiar after Jennifer Gonnerman’s NBA-nominated Life on the Outside, but unlike Gonnerman, Papa describes excessive imprisonment under harsh drug laws with the grim certainty of firsthand experience.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Papa has an astounding visual imagination. 15 to Life is more than an insider’s view of New York’s prison archipelago. It’s also a powerful statement against a war on drugs.”
--New York Press
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This tension-filled memoir by a prisoner turned activist and artist may seem familiar after Jennifer Gonnerman's NBA-nominated Life on the Outside, but unlike Gonnerman, Papa describes excessive imprisonment under harsh drug laws with the grim certainty of firsthand experience. In 1984, he rashly agreed, for $500, to deliver a package containing four and a half ounces of cocaine for a gambling acquaintance. It turned out to be a sting, and Papa was convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014523707
  • Publisher: Anthony Papa
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 215
  • File size: 783 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Papa is an artist, writer, freedom fighter, noted advocate against the war on drugs and co-founder of the Mothers of the New York Disappeared. Mr. Papa’s stinging opinion pieces about the drug war have appeared in news sources across the country. He is a frequent public speaker and college lecturer on his art and criminal justice issues. Currently he is Manager of Media Relations for the Drug Policy Alliance.

Mr. Papa is the author of 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom (2004), a memoir about his experience of being sentenced to state prison for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense under New York’s draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. The book is optioned and set to become a feature film. Papa has appeared in film and TV such as Lock Down USA and Sixty Spins Around the Sun and HBO's "OZ". He has been interviewed by a wide range of national print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, National Public Radio, “Democracy Now,” Court TV, “Extra,” C-Span, WPIX, RNN among others. His art has been exhibited widely from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to many cultural centers and he has appeared on nationally syndicated talk shows such as “Charles Grodin,” “Geraldo Rivera,” and “Catherine Crier Live.”
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    A True Real Shawshank Redemption Story

    I bought this book with the hope to find out how art saved Anthony Papa's life. I could not put it down. I cried and laughed throughout and want to say that this book should be read by all Americans that care about the human rights of all. I can't wait for the movie

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2008

    kennys opinion

    Overall, I really loved this book for so many reasons. The reasons why I loved it was because the whole concept of the story was good and also it was based on the author, Anthony Papa¿s life. With that, I feel like a lot of people can relate to this book in some ways because it¿s someone struggling and come all about at the end. Also, another reason why I liked the book was because the characters that had a big impact on Anthony¿s life were helping him. The way they were helping him were just pushing him to do better like fight his own case because the lawyers that he hired turned their backs on him and he was the only one that he trusted. So, with me liking the book, there weren¿t a lot of things I disliked except for the lawyers in the book because they weren¿t doing the job that they were suppose to and that is why Anthony Papa had to serve fifteen years in prison. <BR/> The audience that the book would attract would have to be mostly young people and people that are just struggling in life and just having a hard time making money or supporting the family. I think that because there is motivation and a push in the book and it would make the reader see from a different view from another person¿s life lesson. Reading all the reviews behind the book and online, there are so many famous celebrities reading this book and that will catch young adults especially because they try to do things that their favorite celebrities do. With that, I know that because that was the only reason why I got this book but when I read the book, it was actually good and understood why celebrities would take time off to read 15 To Life. Also, this book has a positive effect because when Anthony has a lot of feelings inside which he can not express to anyone in the prison, he finds a new hobby, painting, which makes him express his feelings on the painting and his work is actually good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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