Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons

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People in U.S. prisons are routinely subjected to physical, sexual, and mental abuse. While this has been documented in male prisons, women in prison often suffer in relative anonymity. Women Inside addresses this critical social justice issue, empowering incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to share the stories that have previously been silenced. Among the narrators:

Irma Rodriguez, in prison on drug charges. While in prison in 1990, Irma was diagnosed HIV positive, but...

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Overview

People in U.S. prisons are routinely subjected to physical, sexual, and mental abuse. While this has been documented in male prisons, women in prison often suffer in relative anonymity. Women Inside addresses this critical social justice issue, empowering incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to share the stories that have previously been silenced. Among the narrators:

Irma Rodriguez, in prison on drug charges. While in prison in 1990, Irma was diagnosed HIV positive, but after a decade and a half of aggressive and toxic treatment, Irma learned that she never had HIV.

Sheri Dwight, a domestic violence survivor who was sent to prison for attempting to kill her batterer. While in prison, she underwent surgery for abdominal pain and learned more than four years later that she had been sterilized without her consent.

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Editorial Reviews

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Winner of The National Council on Crime and Delinquency's PASS Award for Literature

"Incredibly compelling."
—Meg Waite Clayton, Huffington Post

"A chilling glimpse of the human rights abuses suffered by women in U.S. prisons... a captivating read."
—Ashley Lucas, Ms. Magazine Blog

"These stories are a gift. The women in this book compel us to imagine how their lives would be different—how we would be different—if we responded to their experience with genuine care, compassion, and concern.”
—from the foreword by Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

"Inside This Place, Not Of It is precisely the kind of book we need now. In reading these narratives—so skillfully assembled, and with the accompanying statistics and data which let readers see how America and its states are complicit in taking away lives and dignity from so many women—what stands out is the poignant sense of abandonment and sadness that changed their lives from childhood, and the astonishing strength and perseverance that let them survive in prison. I will never forget these women, or this book."
—Susan Straight, author of Take One Candle Light A Room

“I am passionately, ardently grateful for the existence of this book. How else would I have ever heard the voices of these women? Where would I gain insight or understanding of the lives they describe: harrowing, riveting, rife with misogyny, and utterly unacceptable in a country that values human rights.”
—Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture

“We may hear about prisons, but not much from prisoners, and certainly not from women prisoners, which makes Inside This Place, Not of It so unusual.”
–Leonard Lopate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936365500
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Series: Voice of Witness
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 486,391
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ayelet Waldman
Ayelet Waldman
A former public defender, Ayelet Waldman left the legal life to write about topics close to her heart: marriage (she's married to fellow author Michael Chabon) and motherhood. She broke out with her clever series of Mommy-Track mysteries, and has garnered praise for the stand-alone novels Daughter's Keeper and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits.

Biography

Some writers make it all look too easy. Take Ayelet Waldman, for example. The first novel she ever wrote -- heck, the first piece of creative writing she ever attempted -- was not only published, but it launched the successful Mommy-Track mystery series. Six years and eight novels later, Waldman is still wowing fans and critics alike while occasionally moving into more serious territory.

Waldman is most famous for her witty Mommy-Track mysteries, which follow the adventures of Juliet Applebaum. Like her creator, Juliet Applebaum is a former-public defender now playing the role of stay-at-home mom Unlike Waldman, Juliet breaks up her days of parenting with a little amateur sleuthing on the side. Waldman explained the origin of her beloved series during an interview at UC Berkley in 2004. "They grew out of this period in my life when I had left the public defender's office and I was staying home; I started writing them to keep myself entertained."

The novel that Waldman essentially wrote on a self-entertaining lark -- Nursery Crimes -- became the first in a series of lighthearted mysteries that clearly struck a chord among the writer's peers. "I think they kind of hit the market at a time that there were a lot of women like me," Waldman explained. "A lot of ex-lawyers, ex-doctors, ex-CEOs of companies who were finding themselves straight from the boardroom to the sandbox and kind of going crazy, so there was a ready audience for people who were not necessarily all that fulfilled by making homemade play-dough, but nonetheless realized where they were gonna be for the next couple of years."

After the initial four books in the Mommy-Track series (which included such tongue-in-cheek titles as The Big Nap and A Playdate With Death), Waldman decided to use her newfound literary success as an opportunity to try her hand at a non-series novel. "The more I wrote," she said, "the more I realized that [writing] was something that I really loved to do and I wanted to do more with it. I wanted to grow as a writer and I wanted to start writing more serious fiction." Daughter's Keeper, a tale that sheds some critical light on the War on Drugs, revealed that she was more than capable of handling heavier subject matter. As Publishers Weekly noted: "Waldman's passion and affection for her characters shines through."

Having broken into a new realm of writing, Waldman then delivered two more installments in the Juliet Applebaum adventures before penning her second non-series novel. Like all of her previous works, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits addresses Waldman's favorite subject, motherhood, but this time around she also touches on the grittier issues of grief and death. Once again, Waldman's foray outside of her popular series has proved a resounding success. In Chelsea Cain's laudatory review in The New York Times, she described Love and Other Impossible Pursuits as "a romantic, shocking and sometimes painful page-turner does the unthinkable: it actually says something new and interesting about women, families and love."

While more Mommy-Track mysteries are likely on the way from the prolific Waldman, the side roads she has taken thus far confirm that she is a writer willing to defy expectations.

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Waldman is also noted for the controversy that followed the publication of her 2005 essay "Motherlove." The essay, first published in the anthology Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race and Themselves, sparked a heated national debate about the nature of love, marriage, and motherhood.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Waldman:

"My children are my inspiration. I write about mothers, and about maternal ambivalence. No matter what I set out to do, it seems, I end up writing about that. My four kids have veto power on anything I write about them, but the only time it's ever been exercised is when my eight-year-old told me never to write about breastfeeding him ever again, as long as he and I both walked the earth."

"My husband and I both edit one another's work. Nothing leaves the house that the other hasn't gone over with a fine-toothed comb.

"Nursery Crimes, my first murder mystery, was the first piece of fiction -- the first piece of creative writing -- I ever did.

"I have no hobbies, other than reading. I love to read, and on my web site I keep a log of every book I read, along with a few words about the book and about what I thought. Check it out at www.ayeletwaldman.com

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 11, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      Jerusalem, Israel
    1. Education:
      Wesleyan University, 1986; Harvard Law School, 1991
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    A Voice for the Voiceless

    "Inside This Place, Not of It" provides powerful insight into the faults in the American prison and judiciary systems for women. Through its compilation of narratives, the book sheds light on the personal accounts of female prisoners. This book is a great resource because there is little soapboxing in the narratives. Instead the editors focused on transmitting the harrowing, real-life accounts of women treated unfairly in incarceration. In each story, the reader learns of the individual's childhood and the particular difficulties they face in establishing their life after prison. "Inside This Place, Not of It" personalizes these women's experiences and the injustices they have suffered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    A stunning collection

    Even in the most well-meaning essays, the voice of the storyteller is often sidelined by the voice of the reporter. Voice of Witness allows those who do not often get the choice to tell their own story a chance to speak, free of outside interpretation.

    Immensely harrowing and compelling, Inside this Place, Not of It gives incarcerated women an opportunity to, for a moment, be free.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Read This Book

    This is such a necessary book. Injustice is what delivers so many of the narrating women to prison and what they face once they are inside. The stories of abuse ¿ Olivia¿s shackled birth, the sexual abuse constantly endured by Teri, or the barbaric medical care received by Sheri ¿ are all devastating, but it¿s essential that we listen, that each voice is heard, especially because each voice represents thousands of other women in similar situations. Anyone who wants to reexamine our notion of the people who end up in prison, and take a good hard look at what happens in those prisons, should read this book. Listening these issues - being forced to face them - is the first step to challenging them, hopefully, to ultimately changing them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Inside This Place Enrages And Empowers

    I read Inside This Place, Not of It over the course of a few days. These are stories of abuse, it's true, but these women's strength shine through, inspiring me to work for change in this country, as opposed to focusing on what's wrong with it. One of the main messages I got from Inside This Place was how insufficient the prison system is in this country. There are so many barriers to dealing with mental health and abuse issues, and the system in place appears to be ignoring the problem until it's impossible, and then reacting with incarceration, like in Francesca's story of abuse and violence. The narratives tell stories of violence against and abuse of inmates, but it raises questions of how to deal with the prison class as a whole, and more than anything else, whether we are dooming a class of women to life in prison through insufficient education and domestic abuse prevention. I'm so glad to have read this book, and I can't recommend it highly enough to those interested in incarceration issues in the U.S., women's issues, and mental health issues.

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