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PRISON IS A PLACE by Harley M. Sorensen: Available in September 2012 from Chronic Discontent Books BUY IT NOW AT AMAZON.COM - Paperback 1st Ed. - 124 pages - $12.50
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.
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
ABOUT CHRONIC DISCONTENT BOOKS
Chronic Discontent Books was founded in 2005 by Thomas Brent Andrews. In August 2005 Chronic Discontent Books released From Humble Beginnings: Songs of a Native Son by William Franklin Andrews. Released April 25, 2011 was the first Chronic Discontent religious studies volume, The Greatest Revolution by Jim Sullivan. In 2012, Harley Sorensen's Prison Is A Place was published posthumously after the manuscript was discovered in an abandoned storage unit.