You Got Nothing Coming: Notes from a Prison Fish

You Got Nothing Coming: Notes from a Prison Fish

by Jimmy A. Lerner
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You Got Nothing Coming: Notes from a Prison Fish 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
john moss More than 1 year ago
This is a humorous mix of culture contrasting white collar with gang life. Read it for fun more importantly read it when your a bit down and in minutes you will be smiling. I hope the author doesnt stop. The mid to end part of the book goes over why he isnt guilty and it didnt do much for me. Get it read it share it. Before you know it you will be kicken it with the yard dogs. Have fun with it!
JimBobTex More than 1 year ago
"You Got Nothing Coming" is pure unadulterated fiction posing as a gritty true to life prison novel. Far from it. There is no conceivable reason a white supremacist lifer would take a liking to Lerner, a newcomer to the prison system and Jewish to boot! As the author expresses early in the novel, very little in a person's life is kept private in prison. Therefore, Kansas (the author's supposed cellmate and prison ring leader) would surely know of Lerner's true ethnicity. The abrupt ending of the novel is instructive in itself ie., Lerner simply ran out of lies to undergird his narrative. Finally, if you believe Lerner's retelling of his run-in with "The Monster," you'd probably be better off digesting a Harry Potter novel -- at least then it'd been easy to discern fantasy from reality!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband is currently incarcerated in a Texas State prison. I never could quite grasp the gravity of his situation, nor could I even begin to relate. I ran across this book while searching for information on wives of prisoners. I must admit that I was shocked and somewhat relieved to find a book that humerously detailed what my spouse is going through. I now have a much better understanding of his situation, and he is elated that I have adopeted an intrest in his locked up (or locked down) life. I too could not put this book down, and even ran to my car on my lunch breaks to get in small portions of it. Ironic how during Mr.Lerners reality and his attempt at escaping from it, we find an escape from our own reality by diving into the world he is trying to get out of. A wonderful read. Everyone should have the pleasure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You were there in prison with Jimmy Leaner and he made sure that you felt every horrible emotion that he had to endure. 'great build up ending '
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best true life reads you'll ever own! It has a combination of elements that can only add up to a winning formula. I laughed out loud (mostly in public places) and felt slightly sad the book had come to an end, i wanted it to go on and on merely for my own entertainment! The wit is fantastic, the sense of transportation to the prisons is first class and the addiction of wanting more, more, more will have you gripped from the first page to the last. You somehow are left feeling nostalgic! If i could empthasise this any more i would: BUY,BUY,BUY!! It really will be worth it. Forget Hollywood movies; this is real life, dawg! Y'understan wot i be sayin'?!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me as a gift and it took me a while to pick it up. It was an incredible story that I could not put it down. Lerner has a talent that I hope he uses again in the future.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very hard to put down, I read half the book the first day I got it. I recommend this to anyone and everyone, as long as you don't mind the language used.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this, I couldn't put it down. Speaking for all middle aged white office workers, its our worst fear come true - prison, and Lerner doesn't leave out a single detail. Frankly, though, I was surprised to see how well he did behind bars (could I do that well?). The book does start dragging around 2/3 of the way through when the author takes us out of prison and into his personal life, but I would definitely recommend this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very informative. I expected more reviews from co-workers and neighbors. I guess I'm the first. I'm at Danville Library in his neighborhood. He will be right next to Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame. Two writers from our former employer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Biting satire and pithy insights on corporate America, delivered in a perfectly sardonic and pleasantly unmannered fashion, admixed with vignettes of prison life and culture. The descriptions of his fellow 'dawgs and fish' and their guards are reminiscent in their humor and insights to the best of Mark Twain. The final chapter puts his entire miserable predicament into context and further serves to condemn the rotten US corporate/industrial prison system. In summary, an outstanding book: well written and very, very funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'You Got Nothing Coming' is one of those rare and marvelous books. I didn't have to skip over the boring parts, because there were no boring parts! The scenes with the author trying to tutor the young neo-Nazis in prison about math or geography are absolutely hilarious! The satirical treatment of our 12-Step, Alcoholics Anonymous-influenced culture is dead-on and refreshing in its political UNcorrectness! Can't wait to see more from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a beautifully written book that made me laugh and made me cry. Jimmy Lerner is an amazing writer who grips you from the first page. He provides a unique prespective of a 'regular' middle class man thrown into the inferno of the American prison system. Lerner resists self pity and writes with insite, wit and humor. I could not put this book down and can't wait for the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my husband told me what a great book this was, I thought it was pretty much just another book about prison and I wasn't too interested. But he insisted it was a lot more than that and so I tried the first few pages. And found I could not put it down! This is a true story about a father, husband and corporate cubicle employee, just an average guy who makes a terrible mistake. The mistake costs him his family, his freedom and almost his sanity in a maximum security prison in Nevada. What makes this book so unforgettable is the author's irrepressible sense of humor and great sense of irony. Here he is, 47 years old, Jewish and sharing a cell with a young, huge, skinhead Nazi gang leader! More amazing is that they become friends. This is the most riveting and moving book that I have read in a very long time and it reads like a novel - a great and unforgettable novel. I think that 'You Got Nothing Coming' will be a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and would reccomend it to anyone that has the guts to find out what it would really be like in prison. I found myself staying up half the night just to see what was going down next. This is an awesome page-turner and a unimaginable true story!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Lerner's memoir takes us from his 8 X 6 foot Suicide Watch cell (where, strangely enough, no one ever watches) to prison and then back to his corporate cubicle. Lerner's ironic and humorous style is perfect for a book dealing with such serious subjects as prison rape of teenagers, suicides, stabbings and much, much worse. At times I felt like a voyeur inside this world which is so totally savage and alien that I pray no one I love or like ever has to experience it. Jimmy, thank you for reporting back to us about Savage Planet's surface conditions. Because we never want to go there but we love you for taking us inside with such style!!! Can't wait for the movie with Ben Stiller and the sequel!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me turning pages all through the night. The author's horrible situation in that tiny prison cell he had to share with this huge neo-Nazi gang leader is an unbelievable true story. The writing is great and full of delicious humor and irony. In the midst of his despair and pain the author somehow is able to connect with his reader with a gentle playfulness that is delightful. His description of the bureaucracy at the Phone Company and his analogies to prison are extremely insightful. Jimmy is not just a great writer - he is an Everyman Philosopher able to connect the dots in life that define us all. I can't wait for his next book! Or poem, or anything he writes!
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417-513 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this one! I think I might read this one again... Lerner, I loved it! Keep writing!