Couldn't Keep It to Myself

Couldn't Keep It to Myself

Testimonies From Our Imprisoned Sisters

Paperback - 2004
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In a stunning work of insight and hope, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb once again reveals his unmatched talent for finding humanity in the lost and lonely and celebrates the transforming power of the written word.

For several years, Lamb has taught writing to a group of women prisoners at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. 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 powerful stories of hope and healing, told by writers who have left victimhood behind.

In his moving introduction, Lamb describes the incredible journey of expression and self-awareness the women took through their writing and shares how they challenged him as a teacher and as a fellow author. Couldn't Keep It to Myself is a true testament to the process of finding oneself and working toward a better day.

Published: New York : ReganBooks, 2004, c2003.
Edition: 1st paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780060595371
Branch Call Number: 810.8092 COU
Characteristics: xiii, 350, [2] p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Could not keep it to myself


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Nov 13, 2014

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories by women incarcerated in York Correctional Institution, Connecticut. I'm shifting away from my norm when I usually review each individual short story. These were all so good, I would say the same thing for each of them. I'll be reading I'll Fly Away, the 2nd book to this collection of stories, written by different women in York. This book was published b/c one of the women's instructor's was none other than Wally Lamb of She's Come Undone fame. The women were even sued for the cost of their incarceration by YCI because of the earnings they made from this book. The stories were not about the women's crimes, but about what in their lives caused them to commit their crimes: sexual abuse, physical abuse, drugs and gangs, just to name a few reasons. The writing really was exceptional!

Feb 24, 2014

Incredible book. It is impossible to put this book down, and unimaginable to read about what these women have been through. It really changes your perspective on things. I would recommend this to anyone.

Oct 29, 2013

Couldn't put it down! An amazing collection of memoirs written by women from all different walks of life. These women managed to tear down their own walls and allowed their strength, hope and vulnerability shine through each of their heartbreaking stories that were shared.

Aug 13, 2013

Unexpected gem. Short form memoir writing from incarcerated women who participated in a writing instruction program taught by Wally Lamb.


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