You Got Nothing Coming Paperback – 30 Jun 2010
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"Lerner's white-collar Everyman perspective may force readers to truly see the cruel inequities of our current system . . . hard to put down, even harder to forget." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A magnetic memoir and a compelling addition to the contemporary reporting of life in the American penal system and one man's place in it." (Waterstones Books Quarterly)
"A considerable achievement . . . Forthrightly pulls back the curtain on a brutal system of punitive penal warehousing." (The Washington Post)
"A grim and vivid account of life inside the unnamed dehumanising Nevada jail which was Lerner's home between 1998 and 2002, and the events leading up to his imprisonment there . . . A Hardyesque tale of spiralling inevitability towards disaster . . . The mix of characters is extraordinarily rich." (Observer)
"He tells his tale, leading up to why he committed murder in the first place, with extraordinary humour, a raw tension and an ear for dialogue straight from God." (Independent)
The staggering memoir of a middle-class, middle-aged man who fell into the inferno of the American prison system, and what he had to do to surviveSee all Product Description
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Incredibly,the narrative voice has such a light, playful touch, despite the horrors happening all around.
This is a rare gem of a book, a nonfiction memoir that reads like the best of all novels!!!
I can't wait for the sequel!!!
Lerner manages to find humanity and even humour in a system where men are both brutal and brutalised.His fascinating journey from terrified new 'fish' to experienced lag using business management strategies for his own survival will keep you gripped from the first page to the last.
What we want now is a sequel showing how Lerner spent the remainder of his time in prison and, if he is now on the outside, how does he adapt to his freedom.
Trust me, after reading this you'll make sure you live your life on the straight and narrow! The best book I'v read this year.
Fortunately Jimmy (who is Jewish) is befriended by a huge Nazi, called Kansas, who protects him from some of the intimidation and extreme violence that he sees whilst inside. Jimmy is also assisted by his engaging personality and his ability to help other prisoners out in many ways, from reading for the illiterate, to giving them legal advice.
Jimmy is an engaging character with a cynical wit and an ability to laugh at himself. His story is highly entertaining, not without emotion and always containing humour.
Some of the characters in the jail seem to revel in the life inside. For some it is the only place where they feel as though they are important or they have a routine. Conversely, normal people who read this book will ensure they live law abiding lives henceforth.
I get through a few books (I have a long tube ride to work) and this is one of the most entertaining I have read in the last couple of years. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The author's metamorphosis from a newcomer, a "Fish" to a seasoned veteran of the asylum where the patients run the madhouse, is a scary, horrific, surreal and sensational tale that will keep you on the edge until the very end.
This is the best book I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time!!!!
This is probably among the finest ever books, fact or fiction, about life in 'The Big House', and never fails to inspire, entertain and outrage.
However been the open minded person I am I gave it a try. And man was I pleased I did.
This book is filled from begining to end with humour which, at times, made me cry. Sitting on my school bus laughing to myself, I was engrossed in the book. A witty, honest description which a lot of us (thankfully) have had no experience of.
A book that takes you away to another world...but makes you feel glad to be back. Take my advice, read this book, and enjoy!
Veracity aside, Lerner's prose is gripping and entertaining and there's plenty of decent humour thrown in making for an accessible read. There's slightly too much superiority on the part of the Author and he clearly has a chip on his shoulder as regards ethnicity, but on the whole this is an unusual and entertaining book. You'll be calling friends Road Dawgs, Woods, and Righteous Cons for weeks.
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I found this book quite difficult to read due to the way it is written.
It is about an american prisoner and has lots of slang in it. Read more
I read this book and really enjoyed it however after wards I read that a lot of the story wasn't true and some was made up completly. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by Mandy
Really good book - I did do some research after having read it, and some of the facts have been brought into question, but this didn't detract from what was a great read.Published on 11 April 2013 by Simon
This book is fantastic. Very hard to put down once you've started it! Mr.Lerner uses a great dose of dark humour along with empathy and real fear to describe what has happened to... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2011 by bryandd
The book was in awful condition,the book itself was good in small parts but overall not well written and boring.Published on 24 Feb. 2011 by youtie
I first read this book about 8 years ago it is one of the best books i have ever read. I have since read dozens of books in the same group but never one as good as this, i have... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2010 by Gary
simply one of the greatest books i have read. written intelligently and with dark humour, it is compelling and a real page turner. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2010 by J. durham
This book is a must if your interested in knowing what goes on inside those 4 walls they call Prison ! Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2003 by A Customer