Prison Stories

Prison Stories

by Seth Ferranti


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Guero, a young suburban white kid, is thrust into the feds on a marijuana rap. Facing a lengthy sentence he sets out to make his mark in the penitentiary and get his respect. While growing into his manhood amidst the everpresent chaos and twisted realities of the penitentiary, Guero falls in with a Latino drug smuggling gang and struggles with his evolving identity as a convict and "vato loco."

Prison Stories is a real-life look into the life of prisoners confined in the Bureau of Prisons. Short story vignettes interwoven throughout the pages offer readers a vicarious, personal experience of everything prison is...the power-tripping of guards, gangs, prisoners getting turned out, killings and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615126852
Publisher: Gorilla Convict Publications
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 542,464
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Seth Ferranti exists, writes, and resides in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has been in the belly of the beast almost nineteen years with his current release date in 2015. The people and subjects he writes about are those that he knows extremely well, being in close confinement with them. He just is not only interested in what he writes about, he lives it, as he is serving a 304 month sentence for a drug conspiracy charge. He is the real deal- the Gorilla Convict Writer- penning articles since 1999. His work has appeared in Don Diva, Out of the Gutter, King, F.E.D.S., Vice, FHM, Street Elements, Elemental, 4Front, Get Money, Urban Celebrity and many other magazines and websites. Check out his archived published articles on on the publications section along with all the interviews, profiles, and reviews of him and his work on the media section. His published books include Prison Stories, Street Legends Vol. 1 and 2, and The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince's Reign of Terror and the Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed. He also wrote a short story for Nikki Turner's Christmas in the Hood, his writing appears in The Baddest of the Bad from Gutter Books, and Money, Power, and Respect from Badland Publishing. To order his books and read his blog go to A new true crime story appears every month. Seth has earned his AA degree from Penn State, his BA from University of Iowa, and just recently his MA from California State University while incarcerated. There is, it appears, no stopping him...

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Prison Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BigNolan03 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and for the most part thrilling. Contains great info to the prison world. I enjoyed reading it.
BobcatMC More than 1 year ago
If you want to get the real deal on prison life in the feds then definitely check this book by convict author Seth Ferranti. He continues the time honored tradition of real convicts writing about doing hard time, following in the steps of Jack Henry Abbot's In the Belly of the Beast, George Jackson's Soledad Brother, Pete Early's The Hothouse, and Edward Bunkers prison/true crime novels. If you like any of the above named titles you will love Prison Stories. Prison Stories is like the HBO show "OZ", it is a fascinating look into the conditions and environment that existed in the Bureau of Prisons in the 1990s when the feds War on Drugs was in full steam and locking people up left and right. Seth, a college LSD and marijuana dealer was slammed with a 25 year federal mandatory minimum sentence for a first-time, non-violent offense and thrown into federal prison with crack dealers, organized crime figures, bank robbers, gang members, killers and hardened criminals. Being from the upper middle class suburbs it was culture shock for Seth and in Prison Stories he tells the story of his experiences and how he survived in the netherworld of corruption and violence. Seth's case has been profiled in Rolling Stone magazine and this book was recently translated into French and put out in Europe also. Check it out, if you like to read about prison, this book is a must.
sassypickle More than 1 year ago
It would have helped to have the Spanish words and phrases translated - either in footnotes or perhaps in a glossary in the back of the book. I disagree with Don Diva Magazine's statement that, "An episode of `Oz' couldn't capture prison drama the way Seth Ferranti does in Prison Stories." While Seth Ferranti's book is interesting and provides some detail about the prison's operations, it really is pretty uneventful. The main theme of the book seems to be the drug dealing inside of the prison - I now know how much a chap stick cap of weed goes for on the compound. This book is no huge hit but still enjoyable, once you get used to the prison slang.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seth 'Soul Man' Ferranti gets up close and personal of what prison life is like. He takes us through the day to day life of inmates and the survival tactics in the penal system. Its not your usual urban stories that some of us read about. We are given the raw, raunchy explicit details with much intensity that will keep you reading from beginning to end. There is no sugar coating to what is going down behind the prison walls. Prison Stories is 'real talk' that is a must read, especially for our youth. It reminds you of the HBO series 'OZ' but Prison Stories is the real deal. I commend Mr. Ferranti for writing about his and others experience behind those walls. His style is of writing is very detailed and enjoyable. Many of us take our freedom for granted. Once you read this novel you will sit back and think how blessed we are not being caught up in the system. Tangerine, Reader's Paradise Book Club
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Prison book is pretty high up there. One of the better ones I've read because It was penned by someone who was there,detailing his experience,also a lot of different hustles,scams,violence,repercussions and politics all told in modern convict vernacular.Straight-on prison read without the sociological dogma.
Guest More than 1 year ago
prison stories was gripping novel that actually places the reader behind the walls of a maximum security prison and i enjoyed reading every page of it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not bad, passionate and compelling. Looking forward to better work in the near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder what prison life is really like? Seth ¿Soul Man¿ Ferranti takes readers to the belly of the beast with his raw, uncut narration of PRISON STORIES. PRISON STORIES, based on an insider¿s view, tells the story of young Guero, a suburban white drug dealer learning the ropes, politics and keys to survival in the federal prison system. With jewels of wisdom from friends and fellow inmates, examples of cellmates, and his own experiences, Guero quickly learns the dos and don¿ts. ¿You can¿t be selling wolf tickets in the pen, unless you want six inches of steel in your gut.¿ As the months roll into years, will Guero allow the life behind bars to dictate his future beyond the bars? Seth¿s storytelling is both enjoyable and insightful. Narration was effectively alternated between main character Guero and anecdotes anecdotes that cover everything from snitches to shakedowns, drugs to gumps, sneak thieves to paperwork parties. ¿Catfish¿ was my favorite. Told this way, it allowed readers not only in on Guero¿s particular situation and life through his eyes, but also the many characters and events that go down all day everyday in the prison system. Although Seth does a good job acclimating readers to this environment, there were times I didn¿t have complete understanding. Translating conversations and slang from Spanish to English would have been helpful. Overall, PRISON STORIES is a promising debut and I look forward to more.