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  • THE CELL. by Bienek, Horst; introduction by Daniel Berrigan, S. J.
    Bienek, Horst; introduction by Daniel Berrigan, S. J.
    THE CELL.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press. 1972. dj. Hardcover first edition - Experimental novel by this Polish writer, the story of a prisoner alone in his cell - Bienek was himself a political prisoner, sentenced to a Siberian labor camp. Introduction by Daniel Berrigan S. J. Translated from the German by Ursula Mahlendorf. 93 pp. ISBN: 0-771014031.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped).

    Book ID: 65034
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  • YOU CAN'T WIN. by Black, Jack.
    Black, Jack.
    YOU CAN'T WIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1926. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a professional burglar and hobo, Jack Black, this book describes describes his days on the road and as a professional thief, convict and escaped prisoner (his mother died when he was 10, and after a few years in a convent school, he hit the road at 14, was in the dock for burglary before he was 20 and by age 25 he was expert house robber) but it is even more an indictment of the criminal justice system. While this book was influential to writers like William S. Burroughs (who mentioned it in "Junkie" and who also wrote the foreword to the 1988 trade paperback) and the Beats,…

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    New York: Macmillan, 1926. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a professional burglar and hobo, Jack Black, this book describes describes his days on the road and as a professional thief, convict and escaped prisoner (his mother died when he was 10, and after a few years in a convent school, he hit the road at 14, was in the dock for burglary before he was 20 and by age 25 he was expert house robber) but it is even more an indictment of the criminal justice system. While this book was influential to writers like William S. Burroughs (who mentioned it in "Junkie" and who also wrote the foreword to the 1988 trade paperback) and the Beats, it is perhaps even more relevant to us now with its discussion on how the prison system can be a force for good - the library in a Canadian prison - and also something which dehumanize prisoners - including his experiences of flogging in Canada,and being constrained by a strait jacket at Folsom. Foreword by Robert Herrick. xi, 394 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in red cloth with gold lettering on the spine (offsetting to the endpapers, bookplate on front pastedown, corners somewhat bumped), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 81836
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  • [Black Panthers] Cleaver, Eldridge. (Scheer, Robert, editor)
    ELDRIDGE CLEAVER: Post Prison Writings and Speeches.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Random House, 1969. dj. SIGNED hardcover - Edited and with an introduction by Robert Scheer. Includes the Playboy Interview, an open letter to Ronald Reagan, a letter describing Cleaver's first encounter with the Black Panthers and more. Laid in is a newspaper clipping dated 12/7/75 by Kathryn Cleaver on "Why Eldridge Cleaver has come home." SIGNED on the title page by editor Robert Scheer. 211 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dustjacket (toning to endpaper from clipping, price-clipped dj.)

    Book ID: 14429
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  • WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther Party. by [Black Panthers] Forbes, Flores A.; foreword by Elaine Brown.
    [Black Panthers] Forbes, Flores A.; foreword by Elaine Brown.
    WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther Party.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Atria Books, (2006.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - An inside account of the Black Panther party by one of the organization's central committee members, and a personal account of a young man, angered by the racism he saw everywhere in his native San Diego, who became a revolutionary and an activist. SIGNED on the title page by Elaine Brown, who wrote the foreword. Brown became Chairman of the Black Panthers in 1974. the first woman to hold such a position, and she remains an activist. Photographs. Chronology, index.xi, 302 pp. ISBN: 0-7434-82662.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 48896
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  • BLUES FROM CANNIBALS: The Notes from Underground. by Bowden, Charles.
    Bowden, Charles.
    BLUES FROM CANNIBALS: The Notes from Underground.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: North Point Press / Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, (2002). First edition - A book which "continues the quest Bowden began in Blood Orchid - to discover the headwaters of the sickness that seeps through the American soul, and to consider what it might mean to come fully alive in a time of exalted consumption, global pillage, gated communities, and wholesale destruction of the environment." 293 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74928
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  • BURN, KILLER, BURN! by Crump, Paul (1930-2002)
    Crump, Paul (1930-2002)
    BURN, KILLER, BURN!

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company (1962) dj. Hardcover first edition - Black author's only novel, a semi-autobiographical story written while he was on Death Row for a robbery-murder he committed in his early twenties, though that sentence was commuted to 199 years (just before this book was published) and he was released on parole in 1993. "Guy Morgan is every kid who ever came out of any slum anywhere in the world. Unloved, misunderstood, a product of Chicago's racial prejudice, he sees his dreams turn to ashes, his loves turn to hate." Dust jacket quote from James Baldwin: "Paul Crump is one of the few people alive - repeat: alive - for whom I have what can only be called…

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    Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company (1962) dj. Hardcover first edition - Black author's only novel, a semi-autobiographical story written while he was on Death Row for a robbery-murder he committed in his early twenties, though that sentence was commuted to 199 years (just before this book was published) and he was released on parole in 1993. "Guy Morgan is every kid who ever came out of any slum anywhere in the world. Unloved, misunderstood, a product of Chicago's racial prejudice, he sees his dreams turn to ashes, his loves turn to hate." Dust jacket quote from James Baldwin: "Paul Crump is one of the few people alive - repeat: alive - for whom I have what can only be called an uncompromising respect. And he is a real writer. He has understoook what he has endured, and, like a great blues singer, tells us of his sorrow and at the same time, stands outside it." Frontispiece drawing. 391 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in red cloth with black lettering (top edge slightly dusty) in a very good dust jacket (spine slightly sunned)

    Book ID: 89256
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  • GHOSTS AND LEGENDS OF ALCATRAZ by Davis, Bob and Brian Clune.
    Davis, Bob and Brian Clune.
    GHOSTS AND LEGENDS OF ALCATRAZ

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Charleston, SC: The History Press, (2019). SIGNED first edition - A title in the Haunted America series - stories of the infamous island prison of Alcatraz, in the San Francisco Bay."Rufus McCain, who died a brutal death at the hands of a fellow inmate, is said to roam the grounds, and the basement cells used for solitary confinement were rumored to be so frightening that inmates who endured one stint never wanted to go back. Multiple escape attempts were thwarted, including two attempts by Sam Shockley, who was later executed with fellow inmate Miran Thomson." SIGNED by both authors on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Foreword by Janice Oberding. Illustrated with photographs throughout. Bibliography. 144 pp. ISBN: 978-1467143875.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 78918
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  • HALF BROKE: A Memoir. by Gaffney, Ginger.
    Gaffney, Ginger.
    HALF BROKE: A Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Norton, (2020). First edition - A remarkable and unusual memoir - the author, a horse trainer, answers a call to help retrain the troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico, a facility run entirely by the prisoners. Both horses and residents arrive at the ranch broken in one way or many: "the horses are defensive and terrified, while the residents, some battling drug and alcohol addictions, are emotionally and physically shattered. . . Gaffney peels away the layers of her own story - a solitary childhood, painful introversion, and a transformative connection with her first horse, a filly named Belle - and she, too, learns to trust people as much as she trusts horses.…

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    New York: Norton, (2020). First edition - A remarkable and unusual memoir - the author, a horse trainer, answers a call to help retrain the troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico, a facility run entirely by the prisoners. Both horses and residents arrive at the ranch broken in one way or many: "the horses are defensive and terrified, while the residents, some battling drug and alcohol addictions, are emotionally and physically shattered. . . Gaffney peels away the layers of her own story - a solitary childhood, painful introversion, and a transformative connection with her first horse, a filly named Belle - and she, too, learns to trust people as much as she trusts horses. . . the group experiences triumphs and failures, brave recoveries and relapses, as well as betrayals and moving stories of trust and belonging." 244 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 83760
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  • FLESH AND BLOOD. by Hamill, Pete.
    Hamill, Pete.
    FLESH AND BLOOD.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's third novel, a story of boxing and sexual obsession. From the dust jacket: "They were mother and son. Kate and Bobby Fallon. He was to become the best white heavyweight of his generation, a rough, handsome contender from the streets and bars of Brooklyn." Basis for the 1979 television film of the same name. 276 pp. ISBN: 0-394494377.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (a bit of creasing and wear to the top edge of the dj, price-clipped).

    Book ID: 84419
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  • THE YELLOW ANGELS. by Helseth, Henry Edward.
    Helseth, Henry Edward.
    THE YELLOW ANGELS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1940) dj. Hardcover first edition - The scarce first novel by this author and screenwriter, best known for "The Chair for Martin Rome," which was the basis for Robert Siodmak's 1948 film noir classic "Cry of the City" with Victor Mature and Richard Conte. This is set entirely within the walls of a prison. 216 pp.

    Condition: From a lending library with discoloration from tape on the boards and the endpapers, one stamp, some pages carelessly opened but overall a good sturdy copy in a dust jacket with several chips and edgewear, but still rather striking.

    Book ID: 65893
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  • Hollon, Frank Turner.
    THE GOD FILE: A Novel.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco & Denver: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual and very highly praised, tautly written, novel - notes from the file kept by a man, sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he did not commit, but confessed to, who is searching for evidence of God in the most unlikely place..prison. Went quickly into later printings. 147 pp. ISBN: 1-931561044.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37941
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  • THE END OF ALICE. by Homes, A. M.
    Homes, A. M.
    THE END OF ALICE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scribner's, 1996. dj. First edition - The author's controversial fourth book (third novel), the story of a pedophile in his 23rd year of imprisonment in a maximum security penitentiary - told from his point of view. 270 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers with a wrap-around promotional band joined with a band-aid.

    Book ID: 80600
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  • NO ORDINARY HEROES: 8 Doctors, 30 Nurses, 7,000 Prisoners and a Category 5 Hurricane. by Inglese, Demaree, M. D. with Diana G. Gallagher,
    Inglese, Demaree, M. D. with Diana G. Gallagher,
    NO ORDINARY HEROES: 8 Doctors, 30 Nurses, 7,000 Prisoners and a Category 5 Hurricane.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Kensington, (2007.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A true account of just one of the disastrous events following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in August 2005, by the Medical Director of the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office, one of the largest jails in the country. From the dustjacket: "No Ordinary Heroes recounts the drama that unfolded at the jail between August 26 and September 2, 2005. Faced with a prison compound that administrators had refused to evacuate, Dr. Inglese and his colleagues - deputies, nurses, and doctors - had a monumental disaster on their hands. Massive flooding transformed the sprawling jail complex into an island in the crippled city. Without power or running water, and with food…

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    New York: Kensington, (2007.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A true account of just one of the disastrous events following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in August 2005, by the Medical Director of the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office, one of the largest jails in the country. From the dustjacket: "No Ordinary Heroes recounts the drama that unfolded at the jail between August 26 and September 2, 2005. Faced with a prison compound that administrators had refused to evacuate, Dr. Inglese and his colleagues - deputies, nurses, and doctors - had a monumental disaster on their hands. Massive flooding transformed the sprawling jail complex into an island in the crippled city. Without power or running water, and with food stores dwindling, conditions at the jail deteriorated rapidly as temperatures inside soared in the blistering summer heat. Cut off from help, the medical staff struggled to care for thousands of inmates, staff, and neighborhood residents while deputies struggled to maintain order. Through it all loomed the constant menace of the prison inmates, many of them desperate to survive or possibly escape. Rioting prisoners, burning buildings, SWAT team rescues, and medical emergencies all conspired to create a storm within a storm: a trial weathered by the courage and perseverance of a dedicated few who worked to the breaking point and beyond." Illustrated with an inserted section of 47 color photographs and drawings of the floor plan. Author's note. vii, 327 pp. ISBN: 9780806528311.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 40294
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  • SOLEDAD BROTHER: The Prison Letters of George Jackson. by Jackson, George L. [1941-1971] (introduction by Jean Genet.)
    Jackson, George L. [1941-1971] (introduction by Jean Genet.)
    SOLEDAD BROTHER: The Prison Letters of George Jackson.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Jonathan Cape, (1971) dj. Hardcover first edition - One of the most influential books in the Black Power movement, a book which is a condemnation of both the racism of white America and of the injustices of the prison system. Introduction by Jean Genet, translated by Richard Howard. 290 pp. ISBN: 0-224005383.

    Condition: Very good in black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine in a very good dust jacket (some foxing to the edges of the textblock, and a bit of creasing and wear to the bottom edge of the front cover of the dj, but overall a tight and straight copy.)

    Book ID: 80724
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  • SOLEDAD BROTHER: The Prison Letters of George Jackson. by Jackson, George L. [1941-1971] (introduction by Jean Genet.)
    Jackson, George L. [1941-1971] (introduction by Jean Genet.)
    SOLEDAD BROTHER: The Prison Letters of George Jackson.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Coward-McCann, (1970.) dj. Hardcover first edition - One of the most influential books in the Black Power movement, a book which is a condemnation of both the racism of white America and of the injustices of the prison system. It remains to this day essential reading; the injustices continue. Introduction by Jean Genet, translated by Richard Howard. 320 pp. Photographic endpapers.

    Condition: Very good in black cloth with silver lettering in a good dust jacket. Some edgewear to the dj, creasing to the bottom edge and at the top of the dj spine, but overall a clean, tight and sturdy copy, and a book which is becoming difficult to find in the first edition..

    Book ID: 81467
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  • THE OFFICER'S DAUGHTER: A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness. by Johnson, Elle.
    Johnson, Elle.
    THE OFFICER'S DAUGHTER: A Memoir of Family and Forgiveness.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2021) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which begins with an act of shocking violence: ÒWhen I was sixteen, my sixteen-year-old cousin, Karen, had her face blown off at pointblank range by a sawed-off shotgun . . .Ó In 1981, Elle Johnson and her cousin, Karen, were both daughters of Black law enforcement officers. both very protective - but also unwilling to discuss the events behind the murder and the manhunt that followed. It was only many years later, when the author was asked by a cousin to write a statement opposing parole for the killer that she realized she needed to understand more about what happened. Michael Connelly calls this "a powerful dissertation…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (2021) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which begins with an act of shocking violence: ÒWhen I was sixteen, my sixteen-year-old cousin, Karen, had her face blown off at pointblank range by a sawed-off shotgun . . .Ó In 1981, Elle Johnson and her cousin, Karen, were both daughters of Black law enforcement officers. both very protective - but also unwilling to discuss the events behind the murder and the manhunt that followed. It was only many years later, when the author was asked by a cousin to write a statement opposing parole for the killer that she realized she needed to understand more about what happened. Michael Connelly calls this "a powerful dissertation on the legacy of violence; a telling journey to the place in the heart where forgiveness is found. Elle JohnsonÕs words are beautiful, poignant, and painful; and always deeply resonant with truth. This book has an echo that stays with you well after you have turned the last page.Ó 210 pp. ISBN: 978-0063011328.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 85806
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  • THE MARS ROOM. by Kushner, Rachel.
    Kushner, Rachel.
    THE MARS ROOM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Kushner's third novel (both of her first two novels were nominated for the National Book Award). It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living." SIGNED on the title page. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker…

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    New York: Scribner, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Kushner's third novel (both of her first two novels were nominated for the National Book Award). It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living." SIGNED on the title page. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the 2018 Prix MŽdicis ƒtrange. A novel about "a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-1476756554.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 86522
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  • THE MARS ROOM. by Kushner, Rachel.
    Kushner, Rachel.
    THE MARS ROOM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Kushner's third novel (both of her first two novels were nominated for the National Book Award). It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living." SIGNED on the title page. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker…

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    New York: Scribner, (2018) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Kushner's third novel (both of her first two novels were nominated for the National Book Award). It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living." SIGNED on the title page. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the 2018 Prix MŽdicis ƒtrange. A novel about "a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. 336 pp. ISBN: 978-1476756554.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 83613
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  • MAKES ME WANNA HOLLER: A Young Black Man in America. by McCall, Nathan.
    McCall, Nathan.
    MAKES ME WANNA HOLLER: A Young Black Man in America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, a "shattering and unflinchingly honest autobiography" by this Washington Post reporter. McCall did not fit the stereotypes: he was a smart kid from a caring family in a suburban black working-class neighborhood, but still wound up involved with drugs and gangs, and eventually in prison for armed robbery. This is not just an account of his troubled youth and how he turned his life around, but a look at how young black men feel in a society that does not value them. 404 pp. ISBN: 0-679412689.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56220
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  • THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY McCUNE. by McCune, Billy (1929-2007); introduction by Danny Lyon.
    McCune, Billy (1929-2007); introduction by Danny Lyon.
    THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BILLY McCUNE.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, (1973) dj. Hardcover first edition - An indictment of our prison system - McCune, a "low IQ" man, was convicted of rape and sentenced to death although his sentence was eventually commuted (but not until after he mutilated himself), and even after the commutation he spent months in isolationm but despite this he continued to write his story. Illustrated with photographs by Lyon, who also wrote the introduction. Many of McCune's drawings were included in Lyon's 1971 book 'Conversations with the Dead." 154 pp. ISBN: 0-879320494.

    Condition: Near fine in black cloth in a good only dust jacket with a large chip to the lower corner f the front cover.

    Book ID: 88516
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  • ISLAND OF THE PELICANS: A photographic essay of the Island of Alcatraz. by Mercer, John D.
    Mercer, John D.
    ISLAND OF THE PELICANS: A photographic essay of the Island of Alcatraz.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Sonoma: Creative Eye Press, (1976). First edition - Striking black and white photographs of the notorious former prison by John D. Mercer - including many focusing on details of the decay it had undergone. Introduction by Patricia Mercer. Square format. Unpaginated. ISBN: 0-916480011.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 85249
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  • Patterson, Haywood; Conrad, Earl.
    SCOTTSBORO BOY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1950. dj. Hardcover first edition - Patterson, one of the nine Scottsboro Boys, told his story to Earl Conrad, scholar and journalist of black America, after his escape from prison and while he was still being hunted for a crime he did not commit. The book begins with the fight in the train and the trial, but focuses on PattersonÕs experience in numerous Alabama prisons. 309pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good- dust jacket with several closed tears.

    Book ID: 23837
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  • GRACE AFTER MIDNIGHT: A Memoir. by Pearson, Felicia "Snoop" with David Ritz.
    Pearson, Felicia "Snoop" with David Ritz.
    GRACE AFTER MIDNIGHT: A Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grand Central Publishing, (2007). First edition - Felicia Pearson, star of the acclaimed TV series The Wire, reveals her incredible life story, one that dramatically parallels her tv character -born a crack baby and raised in a foster home, she thrived as a baby gangsta until she wound in prison for killing a woman in self-defense, and decided to turn her life around when her mentor was murdered. 233 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 66277
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  • THE MAN WITH SEVEN NAMES. by Redol, Alves (1911-1969)
    Redol, Alves (1911-1969)
    THE MAN WITH SEVEN NAMES.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - A later novel by this award-winning Portuguese writer. A Portuguese prisoner imprisoned in Occupied France for underground activity decides to tell the story of one of his fellow prisoners who had been convicted of a brutal murder. Translated from the Portuguese by Linton Lomas Barrett. 382 pp.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 83042
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  • DOING LIFE: An Extraordinary Saga of America's Greatest Jailhouse Lawyer. by [Rosenberg,Jerome "Jerry", 1937 -2009] Bello, Stephen
    [Rosenberg,Jerome "Jerry", 1937 -2009] Bello, Stephen
    DOING LIFE: An Extraordinary Saga of America's Greatest Jailhouse Lawyer.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's, (1982) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The story of Jerry Rosenberg, "a New York State convict, mobster, and jail house lawyer. who was incarcerated for 46 years, longer than any other prisoner in New York State history. Rosenberg was initially sentenced to death for his involvement in the 1962 double homicide of two New York City police officers during a robbery carried out with two other Mafia-connected gangsters, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison in June 1965, after capital punishment was abolished in New York. He went on to become the first New York State inmate to earn a law degree. Rosenberg was incarcerated at Attica Correctional Facility at the time…

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    New York: St Martin's, (1982) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The story of Jerry Rosenberg, "a New York State convict, mobster, and jail house lawyer. who was incarcerated for 46 years, longer than any other prisoner in New York State history. Rosenberg was initially sentenced to death for his involvement in the 1962 double homicide of two New York City police officers during a robbery carried out with two other Mafia-connected gangsters, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison in June 1965, after capital punishment was abolished in New York. He went on to become the first New York State inmate to earn a law degree. Rosenberg was incarcerated at Attica Correctional Facility at the time of the 1971 rebellion. In the immediate aftermath of the takeover of parts of the prison on September 9, he was one of two men elected to represent C Block on the committee of men who would coordinate action by the insurgent prisoners and take leading roles in the negotiations. Rosenberg was instrumental in articulating demands for immunity from legal and other reprisals.. . Over the three days of negotiations that followed, the issue of full amnesty proved to be a sticking point, with state officials consistently refusing to countenance the demand.[7] When the insurrection was crushed by an assault by state troopers and corrections officers, Rosenberg was shot in the knee and beaten.. . He frequently assisted other prisoners with legal issues as a jailhouse lawyer and estimated he was involved in over 200 lawsuits." (Wikipedia) This book ends with Rosenberg talking about his upcoming parole hearing - but despite his successes as a legal advocate, he never won freedom for himself. Basis for a 1986 made-for-TV movie, Doing Life, starring Tony Danza. Warmly INSCRIBED on the front endpaper and SIGNED "Steve." 277 pp,. ISBN: 0-312216173.

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    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89430
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  • FEAR NO EVIL. by Sharansky, Natan.
    Sharansky, Natan.
    FEAR NO EVIL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1988). In the mid-seventies, Sharansky became a spokesman for Moscow's dissidents - the Jews amd the human rights advocates. This begins with his arrest in 1977, tells of the 16 months of interrogation, and his conviction as "American Spy." He was threatened with execution, put in solitary, but this ends as he wins his freedom after nine years as a prisoner, and rejoins his wife, who worked tirelessly on his behalf, as they fly to Israel. Translated by Stefani Hoffman. Photographs, index. xxi, 437 pp. ISBN: 0-394558782.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 86783
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  • EDGE CITY. by Soracco, Sin.
    Soracco, Sin.
    EDGE CITY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's second novel, a story of murder, passion and betrayal. "Reno is her name. Thieving is her game. Or at least it was." She's trying to go straight now. 217 pp. ISBN: 0-525-0953207.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58101
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  • WILLOW IN A STORM: A Memoir. by Taylor, James Peter and Kathleen Murphy-Taylor.
    Taylor, James Peter and Kathleen Murphy-Taylor.
    WILLOW IN A STORM: A Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Minneapolis: Scarletta Press, (2007). First edition - An account of the redemption of a man whom many would have given up on. "Early on, Taylor somberly informs his readers that 'most men do not survive four decades of incarceration,'. . . An unflinching examination of his crime - a bank robbery and homicide committed at age 30 - and his resulting conviction, incarceration, spiritual growth and eventual emancipation 40 years later, this tale proves emotional, forthright and inspirational. Writing with the help of his wife, the halfway-house counselor he met after his release from prison at age 70, Taylor looks back without self-pity or regret, making the casual cruelty he endures and his straightforward survival strategies all the more…

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    Minneapolis: Scarletta Press, (2007). First edition - An account of the redemption of a man whom many would have given up on. "Early on, Taylor somberly informs his readers that 'most men do not survive four decades of incarceration,'. . . An unflinching examination of his crime - a bank robbery and homicide committed at age 30 - and his resulting conviction, incarceration, spiritual growth and eventual emancipation 40 years later, this tale proves emotional, forthright and inspirational. Writing with the help of his wife, the halfway-house counselor he met after his release from prison at age 70, Taylor looks back without self-pity or regret, making the casual cruelty he endures and his straightforward survival strategies all the more chilling. Smart, determined and hopeful, Taylor makes use of his prison days learning the law and helping out his fellow inmates." (Publishers Weekly) Illustrated with photographs. 312 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 85656
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  • WEEP NO MORE MY BROTHER. by Watson, Sterling.
    Watson, Sterling.
    WEEP NO MORE MY BROTHER.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Delta, (1989). The author's first novel, the story of a young man who waits for ten years to exact revenge on the man who killed his older brother. Nominated for the Rosenthal Award. 300 pp. ISBN: 0-440550254.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (toning to pages, but otherwise a tight and apparently unread copy).

    Book ID: 83130
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