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Three essays are published in the anthology called, This Side of My Struggle, by Editor Nandi S. Crosby, PhD:

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This Side Of My Struggle

The new book, titled, This Side of My Struggle: Prisoners on Suffering, Surrendering, and Breaking Free, is now out and available on Amazon in print and on Kindle.

This Side of My Struggle is an anthology compiled and edited by Nandi S. Crosby, PhD., a sociologist.

This Side of My Struggle has three Frog Gravy essays in it!

Here is a description, from Amazon:

Product Description

This anthology is a collection of heart-wrenching firsthand accounts of prisoners who ache for redemption. Inmates in their first, second, and third decades of incarceration wrench out awakenings of tragedy and remorse in these narratives. Focusing on events leading up and since incarceration, this compilation of nonfiction essays is a biting commentary on loss and revival that takes place every day inside penitentiaries throughout the U.S.

Essays are written by inmates who have become self-reflective in the solitude and solidity of their incarceration. Included are twenty-three prisoners whose lucid and insightful narratives are intoxicating, shocking, and disturbing. Some are gloomy, some are witty, and others are wearily disheartening. Nonetheless, all are naked portrayals of the writer who understands himself or herself within and in spite of the revulsion of prison.

Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, This Side of My Struggle is a 360 degree exploration inside the thoughts, emotions, and graphic experiences of people condemned to live and die inside America’s harshest environments.

Here is the first review, from Amazon (this review is under the Kindle edition heading):

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful – Compassionate – Raw, February 1, 2012

By Amy Gordiejew, Youngstown State University – See all my reviews

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This review is from: This Side of My Struggle: Prisoners on Suffering, Surrendering, and Breaking Free (Kindle Edition)

This anthology is a powerful page turner. I bought it this morning, and have wept my way through story after story, unable to stop myself from turning another page, compelled to face and tangle with narratives that would be easier to incarcerate and throw the keys away on. Sociologist Nandi Crosby has done a humanitarian service by collecting and publishing these writings, providing stage to those who were often lost before life began, haunting us with their struggles and realities. It’s not for the faint of heart. It is, however, a book that will propel the soul toward mercy.

I would like to echo what the reviewer above hes stated. As is often the case with reality, This Side of My Struggle is not for the faint of heart.

A while back I shared some information about the publisher. That article is here.

The Amazon information for the print version of this new book is here.

The Amazon information for the Kindle version of this book is here.

On the Amazon Kindle information page, you can click on the photo of the book to open it and read some excerpts.

I am glad that the inmate view of incarceration is represented in this book, and I am honored to be part of that view and that voice.

In case you are curious, my other published essay is called The Bridge of Sighs, and it is an essay about co-addiction in a marriage. That essay, with some minor changes, is here, and if you are interested in the topic and you have not read it, please do. The essay is short.