Academic journal article Wagadu: a Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies

Review of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons

Academic journal article Wagadu: a Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies

Review of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons

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Review of Inside this place, not of it: Narratives from women's prisons, compiled and edited by Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman, San Francisco: McSweeney's Books, 2011

Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman's compilation centers on the stories of eleven currently or formerly incarcerated women. The title could not be more fitting because, as all readers will come to find, those sharing their stories in this publication have lived prison, but prison has not defined them. Each story is powerful in its own way, and could easily become an entire book of its own. Levi, and Waldman present just enough information about each woman's life to create a clear picture. These stories are that of humanity, in a biographical sense that is so universal and appealing when the mind is open to different life experiences and the idea of "prisoner" and "criminal" are set aside, or even changed. While all the stories presented have great power, I found the narratives by Emily Madison, Taisie Baldwin, and Charlie Morningstar the most compelling. …

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