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ABOUT PRISON IS A PLACE
Eight years into a 20-year burglary sentence at Minnesota's Stillwater Prison, and just before he was paroled, award-winning journalist Harley M. Sorensen exchanged letters with a group of St. Paul Sunday school children hoping to learn what young people think about prisons and their occupants, and share what he knew about both. Sorensen left prison in 1971 and went on to write for the Minneapolis Tribune, Examiner.com and SFGate.com where his "View from the Left" column gained a large following. The manuscript for Prison Is A Place was rediscovered after Sorensen's Feb. 15, 2011 death, when Sorensen was remembered by Gail Rosenblum in her Minneapolis Star-Tribune column. Prison Is A Place is the first of the "lost books" of Harley Sorensen.
FIRST READERS REACT TO PRISON IS A PLACE
"I finished Prison Is A Place in one sitting, and couldn't help but be struck by how kind and generous Harley was to those students. He not only answered their questions, but in many cases, expanded upon them, which I'm sure made the students feel special. Prison Is A Place was also an education for me. Some things Harley wrote about I had never heard or understood. He made his days count in prison. Miss Thienes also was very admirable. My guess is those letters and her input to Harley helped his days pass a bit easier. I now know Harley even better and know that my high regard for him was not misplaced."
Louise Rendine McNamara
"I love the book and couldn't put it down. He certainly made a mark on the lives of those children. God bless Harley ... thank you for publishing such a wonderful book. Harley gave a great gift to those children and to all who will read it."
Sister M. Anita Iddings RSM
"I love it. It is heartbreaking to say the least. I think it will be a best-seller ... It is beautifully done."
"Who was Harley Sorensen? He was a writer. A loving partner. A big man - 6 feet 2 and 200 pounds. A sports fan and a chess champ. Above all, Sorensen was a man who turned his life around."
Gail Rosenblum, 'Rediscovered Letters Link Prisoner, Kids 40 Years Later,' The Star-Tribune - Read Rosenblum's column here
From Humble Beginnings:
Songs of a Native Son
By William Franklin Andrews
With a foreword by Mary Trim Anderson
ISBN 0-9767056-1-3 * 227 pages * $15/paperback * Buy it here
These selected poems of Franklin, Tennessee native Frank Andrews put a simple man's life of friendship and love as well as hardship and sadness to vivid rhyme. Whether he was courting his future wife or privately lamenting the loss of war, Andrews has paused to turn his feelings into poetry. Go with him as he does a U.S. Army private's muddy duty, watches his children grow up, goes broke and learns something from the good times and the bad. Reflecting the author's abiding faith in God and the goodness of the people of his hometown, these "songs" will bring joy to poetry lovers everywhere. Click here to read the foreword by Mary Trim Anderson. Click here for the prologue ("Mule Barn Blues")."A book of poetry is not the first book I would ever pick, but I opened this one and I read and read and read." - Betty Wyren, San Mateo, Calif, June 2011
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Available in March 2005:
The Pot Plan: Louie B. Stumblin and the War on Drugs
By Thomas Brent Andrews
With a foreword by Harley Sorensen
ISBN 0-9767056-0-5 * 562 pages * $29.95/paperback * Buy it here
"The best part about this story is its simplicity: The drug war must be stopped," says Thomas Brent Andrews in The Pot Plan: Louie B. Stumblin and the War on Drugs. Determined to tell his painful tale of addiction and journalism and share the surprising solution to his personal "vicious cycle," Andrews quit the newspaper business and started writing. Several years later, he has been threatened by the police, has suffered symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has missed journalism like an old friend - and through it all has remained sober. This is his remarkable story. Read an excerpt from The Pot Plan in the October 2007 issue of Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal here.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE POT PLAN
"In addition to defeating the War on Drugs, Andrews wants to come clean with the world in The Pot Plan, and he does so with absolute honesty, incredible descriptions and colorful language. Anybody who's been in a similar situation will pick this book up and sympathize and remember what it was like to live in those dark ages." - Will Jordan, High Times, November 2005 (read the review here)
"A bold book." - Radio newsman Dean Becker, Drug Truth Network
"He's a very good writer. And he doesn't spare himself at all." - Dave Oliveria, The Spokesman-Review (from Huckleberries Online)
"Louie, I love the book. It's a real page-turner and your descriptions are soooo gooooood!!!!!!" - Reader Connie C., Nashville, TN (via email)
"Just wanted to let you know that I started your book this past weekend and found myself reading for hours and hours. I almost called in sick today so I could finish it!" - Reader Chris W., Nashville, TN (via email)
"[The Pot Plan] rightfully rails against the abysmal failure we call the War on Drugs, while simultaneously describing one person’s unique solution to addiction and self-destruction." - Michael Morrison, MichaelMorrison.com, June 2006
"I have your book in my office." - Keith Stroup, Esq., Of Counsel to NORML (via email)
"If you haven't read The Pot Plan by Thomas Brent Andrews, you are missing an excellent read my friends! Now on chapter twenty-six I find The Pot Plan more difficult to put down with each sitting. I also find that I am really glad it is such a big book. Brent, I could read your stories for the next year and not tire. Great work my friend! Looking forward to talking with you soon 'On The Air' about some of these stories and characters. - D. R. "Doc" Smith, Sr., author, Yes We Cannabis: Stimulus That Makes Sense, May 2009 (read Doc's blog post here)
"The Pot Plan is a book of unrelenting passion. Brent Andrews poured his soul into it, completely absorbed, writing furiously, and coming up with several books in one." - Harley Sorensen, in his foreword to The Pot Plan
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