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August Book Club with the Burchfield Penney Art Center

By: Brandon M. Stickney

Book is available now on Audible

A university-educated author convicted on a drug felony, Brandon M. Stickney went behind bars and met the princes of the underworld, quickly learning that friendship was going to save his life.

This darkly humorous narrative of life behind the razor wire includes social commentary on needed prison reforms—at a time when criminal justice is a Congressional flashpoint. In highly intimate and sometimes searing passages, Stickney chronicles his struggle with addiction and mental illness, from his time in the national news to his descent into the underworld.

You’ll meet meth addict/writer Bear, bodyguard Gummy, “Pastor” Mark, Robo-tripper Gandhi, and Valefor, the lone officer with a heart. Startling daily developments drive the narrative, while Stickney’s passion for recovery (and for humanitarian reform) is realized. Over 2.3 million Americans represent the largest prison system in the world, including 500,000 mentally ill. Stickney witnesses the abuse that remains as rampant now as in the 19th century.

Stickney’s experience as a biographer, perspective on American incarceration, and his role in the underground world of opiate addiction make him uniquely qualified for this memoir of prison friendship, recovery, and societal reform. Bestselling author Jay McInerney calls it “a powerful memoir and searing exposé…”

The Book Club will also discuss Stickney's 1996 book, All-American Monster: The Unauthorized Biography of Timothy McVeigh

Brandon M. Stickney was born in 1967 in Lockport, New York. He is an American journalist and author. Brandon was a newspaper reporter at the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal from 1990–1995 and is also the author of The Amazing Seven Sutherland Sisters-A Biography of America's First Celebrity Models which came out in 2012.

Aug 6, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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