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They Always Call Us Ladies: Stories from Prison
     

They Always Call Us Ladies: Stories from Prison

by Jean Harris
 

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Jean Struven Harris was the perfect headmistress of the post, exclusive Madeira School for girls Virginia. Her conservative, well-tailored clothes were suggestive of the impeccable good sense she imparted to her students. But in March of 1980 Jean fell into despair over the end of her 15 year relationship with Dr. Herman Tarnower.

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Jean Struven Harris was the perfect headmistress of the post, exclusive Madeira School for girls Virginia. Her conservative, well-tailored clothes were suggestive of the impeccable good sense she imparted to her students. But in March of 1980 Jean fell into despair over the end of her 15 year relationship with Dr. Herman Tarnower.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ``muffled cry from hell''--from the woman who was convicted of murdering Dr. Herman Tarnower in the 1980 ``Scarsdale Diet case''--leaves little doubt that most women's prisons in the U.S. are human warehouses that further degrade inmates instead of redirecting their lives. According to PW , Harris's call for prison reform ``is marred by a self-pitying tone and a shapeless narrative structure.'' (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is a sad book. Harris, famed for killing Dr. Herman Tarnower, the Scarsdale Diet author, has written a book about women in prison, specifically the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (New York), where she is currently serving a sentence of 15 years to life. Prisoners now are called ``ladies,'' not ``girls,'' but prison life is still harsh, almost as nonrehabilitative as when women's prisons first opened 100 years ago. Particularly brutal is the impact on children of female prisoners. Coming from broken or single-parent families, lacking the chance to bond, these children are particularly susceptible to society's evils. Harris offers no major solutions, but hopes that as the result of this expose, some changes will be made. Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684189635
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
06/20/1988
Pages:
288

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