Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett

(Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2004)

National Book Award Finalist

“Jennifer Gonnerman’s searing book will drag you into a world where an ex-con like Bartlett, a mother of four, serves a ridiculous sentence for a first drug offense, then with no confidence, no job, and few skills leaves prison and struggles to survive. Gonnerman crafts a first-rate story with universal meaning from the particulars of Bartlett’s life. This luminous book gets inside your brain and doesn’t escape.”
—Ken Auletta, media correspondent, The New Yorker 

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Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration

(The New Press 2009)
Edited by Tara Herivel and Paul Wright
Includes “Million-Dollar Blocks: The Neighborhood Costs of America’s Prison Boom” and “The Riot Academy: Guards Stage Mock Prison Riots to Test the Latest High-Tech Gear” (both reprinted from The Village Voice)

What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001

(Simon & Schuster 2002)
Compiled by CBS News, Introduction by Dan Rather
Includes “City of Ghosts” by Tom Robbins and Jennifer Gonnerman (reprinted from The Village Voice)