That Bird Has My Wings [NOOK Book]

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Jarvis Jay Masters has taken an extraordinary journey of faith. Strangely enough, his moment of enlightenment came behind the bars of San Quentin's death row. In this compelling memoir, inmate and author Jarvis Jay Masters takes us from the arms of his heroin-addicted mother to an abusive foster home, on his escape to the illusory freedom of the streets and through lonely nights spent in bus stations and juvenile homes, and finally to life inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison. Using the nub and filler ...

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That Bird Has My Wings

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Overview

Jarvis Jay Masters has taken an extraordinary journey of faith. Strangely enough, his moment of enlightenment came behind the bars of San Quentin's death row. In this compelling memoir, inmate and author Jarvis Jay Masters takes us from the arms of his heroin-addicted mother to an abusive foster home, on his escape to the illusory freedom of the streets and through lonely nights spent in bus stations and juvenile homes, and finally to life inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison. Using the nub and filler from a ballpoint pen (the only writing instrument allowed him in solitary confinement), Masters chronicles the story of a bright boy who turns to a life of crime, and of a penitent man who embraces Buddhism to find hope in this ultimately inspirational story.

Masters has written his remarkable story as a cautionary tale for anyone who might be tempted to follow in his footsteps, and as a plea for under-standing to a world that too often ignores the plight of the forgotten members of society. His personal story dramatically reminds us all that freedom and opportunity are not to be taken for granted, and that no matter what their neighborhood, no matter what their race, every child matters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061937378
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 363,247
  • File size: 460 KB

Meet the Author

An inmate at San Quentin since the age of nineteen, Jarvis Jay Masters is the author of Finding Freedom as well as many articles. In 1992, Masters won a PEN Award for his poem "Recipe for Prison Pruno."

In 1990, Masters was moved to death row after being convicted of conspiracy in the murder of a prison guard. In April 2008, the California Supreme Court ordered an evidentiary hearing based on the lack of substantial evidence for Masters's conviction.Many people believe in Masters's innocence and are actively working within the legal system to free him.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Check it out!

    That Bird has my Wings
    By Jarvis Jay Masters pg count: 269
    This book is something someone would want to read because it is an interesting and compelling story about a man's (Jarvis) life struggle before, and during his time on death row. In the story there is always something going on, for example Jarvis's many attempts to run away from his foster home because he was having a hard time coping with is life, and his struggle to find where he fits in with the people around him. Because there is always something going on it keeps the reader's attention, draws the reader's attention into the story, and omits any dry parts. What the author did that I really liked was that because the story is an autobiography, it left a personal aspect to the story. The author is able to express exactly how he felt at that moment in his life, which left me feeling sorry for him most of the time. An example of this is when he recalls on his account of his abusive parents, and tells of his pain, anguish and sorrow that he felt during and after the time of the attacks. The author doesn't just tell the story he includes life lessons like, one telling readers that you are able to change your life around even with the mistakes you have made in the past. The life lessons included make the story more relatable and also make it a memorable read. I don't believe that there was anything the author did to detract from the story. I felt it was well written. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It amazed me how so many things can happen to one man or really any person in one lifetime. It was also astonishing to see Jarvis overcome family hardships as a young boy, all the way up to his time on death row as an adult.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    Highly recommended - even high schoolers enjoy it!

    My nephew, who is a senior in high school, enjoyed this book very much and he recommended we read this book in our family book club. It gives you insight into the world of a man who grew up in a dysfunctional family and in foster homes/institutions.
    Jarvis Jay Masters tells his story very well and hopefully, his message will save some other child from making the choices he made. His story makes you think twice before you write off a child as a derelict or as incorrigible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Glosslight

    "Well, they'll come. They always come..."

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Fireheart

    Sorry cant talk. He runs back to the fresh kill pile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Ashfur

    He shakes the snow off his fur as he comes in, muttering angrily about the snow.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Tinlypaw

    Runs in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Blue Eyes

    They watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Whiteshadow

    I need an apprentice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Snowpaw

    I need a mentor

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Timepool

    ((Quick ooc question, Who's the deputy and med cat? I mighta missed that.))

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Silverstar (Elder's Den is Here)

    She pads in with a plump, juicy mouse. "They are. But the leader can also bring food, right?" She drops the mouse by his feet. "Here. Tinlypaw is needed on the border patrol."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    great

    Awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Jay of high skies.

    The little kit cried put in hunger and pain.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Great Read!

    Very interesting. Well written. Truly brings to light how the system for placing children is severely broken.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Must read

    Couldnt put it down,

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Rabones says;

    Beautifully and simply written. A powerful and important story.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    MUST READ!

    That Bird Has My Wings
    Jarvis Jay Masters
    281 pages

    This is a book that someone should read due to the hardships that the main character, Jarvis, has to go through. The struggles are similar to those of several other people and reading this book allows the audience to see life in a different perspective. I really enjoyed the fact that the author went chronologically through his life but continued to make references to the past. He also used a cause and effect method, showing decisions that were made along with instances from the past that could explain the reasoning. His descriptive way of writing made the book enjoyable to read the whole entire time as-well. The author didn't do anything that detracted from the content of the book. There are several reasons why I enjoyed this book so much. Having the author as the main character was what intrigued me the most because I was able to see the experiences he had with the emotional side to them. This book is appropriate for people probably 15 and older. There are some specific instances where the situation would be more appropriate for an older audience because of the use of drugs, violence and language. Reading this book changed my outlook on all prisoners and life in general. Every person has a story and every person has to face different challenges, instead of labeling them all as "prisoners" or "bad people", it's important to take the time to see as to why they are in that position. This book made me realize that deep down, each individual has potential and the surrounding people can either bring it out or hide it. Either way, there is a story behind every person and this story is one to read.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    Extremely Well-written Book

    I just finished reading this book and it is clearly the best book that I have read this year. This book is written with so much intimacy and clarity, I felt as if I were on the journey with Jarvis. My heart ached with his as he recounted abuse and setbacks from those who should have fostered his growth and development. My heart soared and swelled with his as he shared memories of family and special times with friends. I rooted for him with every page, and I envied him as he discovered that true freedom is a state of mind, not location. I am inspired to live in every moment appreciating the ability to be present. Well done Jarvis Jay Masters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    In That Bird Has My Wings, Jarvis Masters takes us on his life's journey, from cute, smart, and talented young boy to the gates of San Quentin. It's a heartbreaker, a must read for those who want to understand this process, and a compelling story

    Jarvis Master's writing makes me laugh out loud and break into tears. He writes intimately of his life, first as a child neglected and abused by parents involved in selling drugs, then as a child in a loving foster home, followed by an abusive home and then years in the California junvenile system, which hardened him and left deep scars. Finally, inside the walls of San Quentin, his heart opens again. In his first book, Finding Freedom, we learn of his journey of transformation. Now, in That Bird Has My Wings, he shares his exploration of his childhood with us, revisiting places that had been hidden inside. It is not an easy journey, but it is well worth the read. It is one of those books that makes a difference, touches deeply, and leaves us changed from the experience of reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2010

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