Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisonsby Cullen Thomas
Cullen Thomas was just like the thousands of other American kids who travel abroad after college. He was hungry for meaning and excitement beyond a nine-to-five routine, so he set off for Seoul, South Korea, to teach English and look for adventure. What he got was a three-and-a- half-year drug-crime sentence in South Korea's prisons, where the physical toll of life in a cell was coupled with the mental anguish of maintaining sanity in a world that couldn't have been more foreign. This is Thomas's unvarnished account of his eye-opening, ultimately life-affirming experience. Brother One Cell is part cautionary tale, part prison memoir, and part insightful travelogue that will appeal to a wide readership, from concerned parents to armchair adventurers.
The New York Times
-William Grimes, The New York Times
"Scary, funny, [and] honest as hell . . . This is memoir at its highest level."
-Ray LeMoine, co-author of Babylon by Bus
"In reflective, often highlighter-worthy prose . . . Thomas lyrically describes his Zenlike effort to stay sane through shoe-factory work and prison basketball."
"His account of that journey [to higher understanding] is gripping."
-Booklist (Starred Review)
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Cullen Thomas's writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon.com, The Washington Post, and Penthouse, among other publications.
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A well-told story about an interesting topic. He provides insight in a compelling manner and keeps the reader entertained. Recommended!