Prison Experiences & Memoirs

Books from a list on Piper Keirnan’s website, author of Orange is the New Black
Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison by Deborah Jiang Stein
Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color – A Journey from Prison to Power By Patrice Gaines
The Man Who Outgrew His Prison cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber by Joe Loya
A Question of Freedom : A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison by R. Dwayne Betts
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Newjack : Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover
Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompsn-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
Larceny in My Blood: A Memoir of Heroin, Handcuffs, and Higher Education by Matthew Parker
Cooked: My Journey from streets to the Stove by Jeff Henderson
Fish : A Memoir of a boy in a Man’s Prison by T. J. Parsell
Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea’s Prison by Cullen Thomas
Life After Death, Damien Echols
Inside This Place, Not of it, Narratives from Woman’s Prisons A Voice of witness Book by Ayelet Waldman and Robin Levi
Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Woman in The United States by Tina Reynolds, Rickie Solinger, Paula C Johnson, Martha L. Raimon Ruby Tapia, etc
Couldn’t Keep it To Myself: Wally Lamb and the Woman of York Correctional Institution (Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters)
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, by Neil White
Low Bite by Sin Soracco
Eva Zeisel: A Soviet Prison Memoir Compiled by Jean Richards and Brent C Bolin
I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison Edited by Wally Lamb
Life on the Outside : The Prime Odyssey of Elain Bartlett by Jennifer Gonnerman
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
All Alone in the World : Children of the Incarcerated by Nell Bernstein
Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation by Beth E Richie
Inner Lives: Voices of African american Women in Prison by Paula Johnson
In the Mix: Struggle and Survival in a Woman’s Prison by Barbara Owen
Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in theUS Prison System by Siljia J A Tlvi
A World Apart: Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars by Christina Rathbone, written about Framingham State Prison in Massachusetts.
Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire by Robert Perkinson