Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sistersby Wally Lamb, Nancy Whiteley, Tabitha Rowley, Nancy Birkla, Robin Cullen
Pub. Date: 01/09/2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
For the past several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution. At first/i>
In a stunning new work of insight and hope, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb once again reveals his unmatched talent for finding the humanity in the lost and lonely and celebrates the transforming power of the written word.
For the past several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution. At first mistrustful of Lamb, one another, and the writing process, over time these students let down their guard, picked up their pens, and discovered their voices. In this unforgettable collection, the women of York describe in their own words how they were imprisoned by abuse, rejection, and their own self-destructive impulses long before they entered the criminal justice system. Yet these are stories of hope, humor, and triumph in the face of despair. Having used writing as a tool to unlock their creativity and begin the process of healing, these amazing writers have left victimhood behind.
In his powerful introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writings and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. In "Hair Chronicles," Tabatha Rowley tells her life history through her past hairstyles -- outer signals to the world each time she reinvented herself and eventually came to prize her own self-worth. Brenda Medina admits in "Hell, and How I got Here" that she continued to rebel in prison until her parents' abiding love made her realize that her misbehavior was hurting them and herself deeply. In "Faith, Power, and Pants," Bonnie Foreshaw describes how faith has carried her through trials in life and in prison and has allowed herto understand her past actions, to look toward the future, and to believe that she will once again taste home cooking. Couldn't Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.
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I did not know if I would like this book. I'm not going to lie; I bought it only because Wally Lamb's name was on the cover. I knew he didn't write the book himself but I also knew that he wouldn't take part in something he didn't believe in or think was worthy. As you read this book, you can't help but feel so much sympathy for these women. Yes they are in prison and yes they killed and stole but their life before prison is so awful. In my opionion, some of their crimes were justified and they shouldn't even be in prison. This book gives you an inside look on how awful prison is and how so many of the prison employees treat you like an animal. My heart reached out to each and every one of these women, especially Diane who sadly has passed away. Not only is the book insightful, these women are really excellent authors. This isn't a book like She's Come Undone where you can read it in one day. I found myself only being able to read one story every few days because it really made me think about how lucky I was to have the childhood I did and the family I have. These stories are heart breaking but hopefully for these women, by writing their stories, something they kept inside for so long was able to be brought to the surface and they were able to conquer their fears and overcome their past as best they could.
couldn't put it down! We need to see what good talents people have weather being convicted of something, or just trying to find there way.
I think this book should be a must read for anyone dealing with people in prisons...it illustrates how childhoods and teen years full of sexual abuse create criminals...how abuse of any kind perpetrated on a child sends all of society spinning out of control...this is a very thought provoking read as are all of Wally Lamb's books...can't wait for the next one...
In agreeing to lead a writing workshop for these women in prison, Wally Lamb helped them find and refine their literary voice. Because of his efforts and their bravery, we 'outsiders' now can peer into a slice of reality known only to these women, and to a certain extent we can experience it with them and perhaps divide their sorrows. These ladies are in prison because they committed crimes, but they are also in prison because others committed crimes against them. May we all learn from their experiences and gain compassion and understanding for their position in life, past and present.
I must say, each book that Mr. Lamb writes brings a new degree of thought to me. I was amazed at the stories that at one point or another related to something known and unknown to me. I believe that each of the Women in this book has lived a much more intense life than is protrayed. I felt a part of this intensity in each story. An intensity that made me stop, catch my breath and look away from the pages to focus on what my mind was thinking and my heart was feeling. Then starting back into the words to see if the answer would be on the next page. To me, this is great writing. Mr. Lamb, I can't figure out your true motive for writing this book but I know that I will pass this book around and wait in high anticipation to the conversations that will arise from each person that is touched by this book. If you want to read a book that will make you look at your life and realize, it is worth so much more than all the senseless grief we bring upon our own being. This is the book to read. Read with a warm heart and an open mind and you too will see it, feel it and remember it. As much as I anticipate Mr. Lamb's next creation, his last one holds onto me.
I kind of had a head start on the book I read it about a year and a half ago. my mother was one of the woman who contributed to the writing of this book(Carolyn Adams Goodwin). i learned alot about my mother when i read this book, I'm a little more aware of the reason she comitted the crimes she did, and why she always spoiled me so much, I highly recommend this book , not because my mom wrote in it , but to better understand reasons people do things. there are alot of heart breaking, funny ,and joyful stories in this book. well anyways thanks for your time Bryant adams