Couldn't Keep It to Myself : Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters
Couldn't Keep It to Myself Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters Author:Wally Lamb What I hope is that people reading this book will bear in mind that we are human beings first, inmates second. — --Bonnie Foreshaw In a stunning new work of insight and hope, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb once again reveals his unmatched talent for finding the humanity in the lost and lonely and celebrates the transforming p... more »ower of the written word. For the past several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution. At first mistrustful of Lamb, one another, and the writing process, over time these students let down their guard, picked up their pens, and discovered their voices. In this unforgettable collection, the women of York describe in their own words how they were imprisoned by abuse, rejection, and their own self-destructive impulses long before they entered the criminal justice system. Yet these are stories of hope, humor, and triumph in the face of despair. Having used writing as a tool to unlock their creativity and begin the process of healing, these amazing writers have left victimhood behind. In his powerful introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writings and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. In "Hair Chronicles," Tabatha Rowley tells her life history through her past hairstyles -- outer signals to the world each time she reinvented herself and eventually came to prize her own self-worth. Brenda Medina admits in "Hell, and How I got Here" that she continued to rebel in prison until her parents' abiding love made her realize that her misbehavior was hurting them and herself deeply. In "Faith, Power, and Pants," Bonnie Foreshaw describes how faith has carried her through trials in life and in prison and has allowed her to understand her past actions, to look toward the future, and to believe that she will once again taste home cooking. Couldn't Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.« less
Fascinating writing by the women of York Correctional Institution. Wally Lamb, who gave us She's Come Undone did a fine job of gathering these essays written by the women in the prinson while they worked through a writing program offered to them.
This was a completely different read from the author. Obviously he was who put the stories together, but the women were the storytellers. A very interesting approach on a collection. It shows that there is hope for those incarcerated, some just need to find the right spark.
I read this book because I love Wally Lamb but it is different in that it's nonfiction instead of fiction. There are stories told from several different women imprisoned for an extended period of time. It's not as voyeristic as I might have liked as I probably wanted to know more about the actual crimes these women committed but it's interesting all the same. These women wrote as part of the healing process and so they picked a poignent time in their life, a time they felt was significant. Wally Lamb didn't write it, more like collected stories.