Book Review: A woman doing life: Notes from a prison for women

Book Review: A woman doing life: Notes from a prison for women Book Reviews Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 2017, Vol. 32(3) 413-418 Book Reviews ª The Author(s) 2017 Reprints and permission: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav journals.sagepub.com/home/aff George, E., Johnson, R., & Martin, A. B. (Eds.). (2015). A woman doing life: Notes from a prison for women. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 263 pp. $34.95, ISBN: 978-0-1999-3588-8. Reviewed by: Amy B. Smoyer, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, USA DOI: 10.1177/0886109917690850 What is it like to serve a life sentence inside the U.S. corrections system? Curiosities abound about prison culture, relationships, violence, food, illness, aging, programing, and hustles. In this ethno- graphic autobiography, A Woman Doing Life: Notes From a Prison for Women, Erin George shares her knowledge about these topics based on her experiences in jail and later at a Virginia state prison where she is serving a life sentence. Her portrayal of the correctional system, and the people who live and work there, including herself, is well written and engaging. Attention to detail and the inclusion of a wide range of stories, drawn from her own experiences and her peers, offer a comprehensive glimpse of incarcerated lives. George shares generously with the reader—whether recounting her first long drive http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work SAGE

Book Review: A woman doing life: Notes from a prison for women

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© The Author(s) 2017
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0886-1099
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10.1177/0886109917690850
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Book Reviews Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 2017, Vol. 32(3) 413-418 Book Reviews ª The Author(s) 2017 Reprints and permission: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav journals.sagepub.com/home/aff George, E., Johnson, R., & Martin, A. B. (Eds.). (2015). A woman doing life: Notes from a prison for women. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 263 pp. $34.95, ISBN: 978-0-1999-3588-8. Reviewed by: Amy B. Smoyer, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, USA DOI: 10.1177/0886109917690850 What is it like to serve a life sentence inside the U.S. corrections system? Curiosities abound about prison culture, relationships, violence, food, illness, aging, programing, and hustles. In this ethno- graphic autobiography, A Woman Doing Life: Notes From a Prison for Women, Erin George shares her knowledge about these topics based on her experiences in jail and later at a Virginia state prison where she is serving a life sentence. Her portrayal of the correctional system, and the people who live and work there, including herself, is well written and engaging. Attention to detail and the inclusion of a wide range of stories, drawn from her own experiences and her peers, offer a comprehensive glimpse of incarcerated lives. George shares generously with the reader—whether recounting her first long drive

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Published: Aug 1, 2017

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