Couldn t Keep it to Myself Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution 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

  • Title: Couldn't Keep it to Myself:Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution
  • Author: Wally Lamb Nancy Whiteley Tabitha Rowley Nancy Birkla Robin Cullen Diane Bartholomew Dale Griffith Brenda Medina
  • ISBN: 9780060595371
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 colIn 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.

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    1. Very sad book - my view of imprisoned women has changed. I used to have no compassion for people in prison, considering they must have done something bad enough to get there, but these women's stories show that most of their problems stem from horribly abusive childhoods and if they had a healthier upbringing, most wouldn't be in jail now. Some were raped before they were even old enough to spell the word rape. The book doesn't focus much on their crimes, but their lives before and after their c [...]

    2. Any book that can give voice to the voiceless should be celebrated. No one feels this more strongly than Wally Lamb, editor of Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a collection of stories by 11 women imprisoned in the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Teacher and novelist Lamb was invited to head a writing workshop at York Correctional Institution in 1999. His somewhat reluctant acceptance soon turned into steadfast advocacy once the women in his charge began to tell their stories. Lamb maint [...]

    3. As a feminist this book is important. It's voices directly from the women that the prison industrial complex affects. It's a humanizing book that sheds light on a broken criminal justice system. Although it is not implicit that the criminal just system is broken, it is easy to infer from these women's stories that there are systemic issues in these women's lives that prison does still not address. It becomes apparent through these women's words that the way our criminal justice system works now [...]

    4. I was a bit leery of starting this book when I saw the subject. It took me back to the years I dealt with dysfunctional women and heard stories like the ones related in this volume over and over and over again. After I got into it a ways, though, I couldn't stop reading. More women live in the shadows of the experiences these women had on their way from infancy to womanhood than would commonly be believed. I scratched my head a few years ago when one of the agencies in the state in which I was w [...]

    5. I have not read the well-regarded novels by Wally Lamb, but overall, I found this project spear-headed by him to be an interesting read. True, the writing of these women was not the best examples of prose I've ever read, but the naked reality of their stories was refreshing and interesting. This is probably not my first choice of style of reading material, but I'm glad it was recommended to me as it expanded my reading horizons a bit. These women all have compelling stories to tell, and really t [...]

    6. This book accomplished two things it cemented my love for Wally Lamb and it seriously changed my perspective on the incarcerated.My favorite part was Wally Lamb talking about his 'excuse card' he keeps by the phone when he gets asked to volunteer his time, Lamb references the card and preserves his time for writing instead. When asked to volunteer his time for a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institution, he couldn't find the card. Lamb declares himself "a family man, a fiction writer [...]

    7. I found this gem of a book in a used bookstore in Titusville, Fl. Once I started reading I could not put this book down. I fell in love with all the women’s stories and their hearts. Wally Lamb is a caring and amazing author because he went to the York Correctional Institution and created a writing workshop for the women who wanted to create memoirs. One of my favorite stories is called “Hair Chronicles,” by Tabatha Rowley. She writes her story taking the reader through her life by remembe [...]

    8. This is a humbling collection of short stories written by women in the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Each story is written by the inmates that were put there for various reasons, but none of them leave you feeling like the writer wants you to feel sorry for them. In fact, you feel humbled and grateful that they were willing to share their stories. All of the women came from horrible childhoods: sexual abuse, child-abuse, broken families, drugs, alcohol - numerous tragedies that s [...]

    9. While I was interested in reading this book, I also had some healthy skepticism about what would be written on those pages. I was quite suprised.I will admit, I had a bit of a stereotype in my head of the two types of women most often found in prison; the first being the angry, easily-enraged woman who is unremorseful of her actions, and in fact feels justified many times, and bitter about being locked up. Someone who is just passing time waiting to get out, rather than trying to improve their l [...]

    10. Once in a blue moon a book comes along and knocks you on your ass.You'd defend your feelings towards it to the bitter end (and you'd kind of like to shake sense into anyone who doesn't feel the same). I had ordered this book, received it in the mail, and had every intention of putting it on my bookshelf (or mantle or desk or nightstand or anywhere I could fit it in the mess of books that have accumulated in my house). I flipped it open just to read a line or two. And then I stood in the middle o [...]

    11. "Hope, Freedom and Peace through Journaling"Author Wally Lamb's workshop at York Correctional Facility for Women inspired eleven inmates to commit their memories of childhood and early adulthood to paper. This process has proven beneficial to the wounded "children" locked inside their hearts, as well as to those who seek to understand how they wound up in prison. Once the hurdle of not trusting anyone behind bars was cleared, these eleven women unleashed the floodgates of repressed or anguished [...]

    12. Wally Lamb is incredibly addicting. He is such a fantastic writer and although he did not directly write this book he is the one that inspired these women to come forth and write their stories. I guarntee you that once you have read this you will look at women in prison in a whole new light (maybe even the men as well, but this is not about the men). Just so I make myself clear and I am not accused as being some bleeding whining liberal, Although their end behavior (the one that wound them up in [...]

    13. Interesting look at why people do the things they do. Are we inherently bad or does something drive our rational decision making? This book draws the thin line between what is wrong, and what is necessary. Is it "wrong" to kill the husband who molested your innocent 2 year old granddaughter? But that's just the question on the surface. Suppose you know what becomes of 2 year old girls who are molested by a family member? Suppose you know that it leads to your mother committing suicide because sh [...]

    14. This book was excellent. I was hesitant in the beginning because, although it was a "Wally Lamb Book" it wasn't actually written by Wally Lamb. By the end of the book I wished there was a sequel to Couldn't Keep it to Myself so I could continue reading for a long time. The women pour out their souls and expose their most intimate feelings and I felt so fortunate to be reading it. I am connected with these women and because of that I feel the need to write to them in prison and express my gratitu [...]

    15. I got this book as a prize for getting an A in an Art Appreciation course. What a great incentive. My professor is collaborated to make the cover art. But whatever. The book is awesome. These are some of the stories of women who were or are currently incarcerated in a CT prison. Some of them are heartbreaking, some make you laugh, but they will all make you appreciative of what you have in life. I think it should be required reading for psychology students and social workers who have clients com [...]

    16. Wally Lamb hasn't come out with his next terrific novel because he has been working with woman convicts in York,CT. He has been helping them "find their voice" thus helping them find themselves in the most dismal of circumstances. What amazes me the most about these stories, is the similarities between the women. Poverty, abuse, and mental illness and drug abuse. is in each woman's past. The stories are real, and so are the women in them. Some have gone on to great things, others are still incar [...]

    17. I thought what I loved about Wally Lamb was his writing, but he didn't write this one and he accomplishes the same straight to the gut honesty and simple reality that I love so much. Every one of these stories had me looking back at the picture into the eyes of the author, amazed how much she relayed in so few pages and how much she'd lived through. I've been thinking so much about these stories, these amazing women who had so much shit happen to them, and whose voices were squashed flat until t [...]

    18. This was an assigned reading for a college class (Women and Crime), and I absolutely loved it. It is very raw and emotional at times, and at others, beautiful and poetic. Lamb provides the reader with access into the physical and mental prisons of incarcerated women, through their own voices. Your experience with this book will probably change the way you view female prisoners and the U.S. justice system. I highly recommend it to everyone, but especially to those interested in Women's Studies, C [...]

    19. "There are things [we] need to know about prison and prisoners. There are misconceptions to be abandoned, biases to be dropped. There are a heart and a mind that need opening. There are many. We are a paradoxical nation, enormously charitable and stubbornly unforgiving. We have called into existence the prisons we wanted. I am less and less convinced they are the prisons we need." Excellent read. It humanizes those who need our understanding and compassion the most.

    20. I wasn't sure what to expect, and while these stories are full or hurt and pain, it's not a bleeding train wreck. This is a book full of hope and memories of good times. None of these women's stories are asking for your sympathy or cause you to feel sorry for them. More than anything, this is a book of lessons learned.

    21. I was a little blown away by this collection of pieces by female inmates at a Connecticut prison. The collection is forwarded by Wally Lamb who taught a writing class there and put this together. I was blown away by the stories these women told. Almost every single one of these women was abused sexually or physically starting at an early age. Breaks my heart.I highly recommend the book.

    22. This book makes me hate prisons and lose a little faith in humanity. So many women who end up in prison battle mental health and addiction issues primarily due to having been victims of abuse and violence and neglect in early childhood. The cycle is so ugly. These tales they tell of their lives make me weep. Such a vivid, moving book.

    23. This was a very different book of short stories. Each of the stories was written by a woman prisoner aided by Wally Lamb. It was very interesting how these women ended up in prison with the common denominator being a dysfunctional childhood. It was very well done and Wally Lamb put years of work into it.

    24. I found this collection of essays from incarcerated women compelling. Though I can't condone the paths these women took to lead them to prison, learning the details of their often violent childhoods did make me more compassionate as to their plight. The women's writing skills also impressed me, especially since many of them had an incomplete education. I recommend this book.

    25. I spent years dying for a follow up to I Know This Much Is True. When I read it was going to be a non-fiction book, I was all "maaaaaan! bummer." Yeah, I was stupid. This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. If you don't read it, you are stupid!

    26. Wow! I loved this book. The fact that these women were able to tell their stories is a testament of Wally Lamb's ability to reach and teach them. Awesome book.I could not put it down, and I couldn't keep it to myself!!!

    27. I only read half the book. I'm not a fan of short stories and they all started to sound the same. All these women came from broken homes where there was abuse or addiction which led them to a path of crime and eventually, prison.

    28. These women, and good 'ol Wally deserve every star. I cried, laughed, cringed, and felt a deep sense of empathy for them all. Second book of this set will be in my shopping cart soon!

    29. Every chapter (essay) made me cry. Every woman has been abused. Reading this during a holiday season probably didn't help, but there are amazing stories.

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