“capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment.”
5 disco balls
Published: October 21, 2014 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Category: Nonfiction, Memoir, Social Justice, Law
Warwick Prize for Writing Nominee for Longlist (2015), Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-Fiction (2015), NAIBA Book of the Year for Nonfiction (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction (2015), Kirkus Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (Finalist) (2014), Alabama Author Award for Nonfiction (2016)
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Penguin Random House Audio for the free audiobook in exchange for my honest review. This book will certainly be one of my Top 5 reads from 2019 there is NO doubt about it.
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Upon graduating from Harvard Law School, Bryan Stevenson would find himself in Alabama – a state in which I became disgusted by their judicial system (what you did to Walter McMillian is unforgiveable) – where he would found a non-profit organization called the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). At the EJI, he would represent those wrongfully accused on death row, the poor and disadvantaged whose previous counsel did them absolutely no service, and the overlooked mentally ill.
Upon hearing about these cases I found myself flabbergasted at the outcomes of the sentences. I kept thinking to myself “How is this rationally possible?!” I was rip-roaring mad and felt lost as to what any of us could do once a sentence was delivered. Bryan Stevenson never tired and never gave up.
Bryan narrated his own memoir – something I’ve always thought was extremely powerful – and kept your attention even during the truly difficult parts. His tone was even and his calmness almost soothed you when all you wanted to do was scream. He is an exceptional human being. This book is a MUST listen/read: MUST.
Look out for the movie Just Mercy starring Michael B. Jordan in January 2020.
Have you read Just Mercy? What non-fiction book has stuck with you? Do tell!
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