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Books About Prisoners

Whether it's a jail of the state, a POW camp, slavery, a concentration camp, or a prison of the mind, these stories all show how the human soul deals with being chained, locked up, and left to die.
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12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave
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Alias Grace
Alias Grace
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Aquariums of Pyongyang (Kang Chol-Hwan)
Aquariums of Pyongyang (Kang Chol-Hwan)
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Are Prisons Obsolete? (Angela Y. Davis)
Are Prisons Obsolete? (Angela Y. Davis)
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Oscar Wilde)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Oscar Wilde)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Bend Sinister (Vladimir Nabokov)
Bend Sinister (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Beyond the Call (Lee Trimble)
Beyond the Call (Lee Trimble)
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The Brethren
The Brethren
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The Cask of Amontillado
The Cask of Amontillado
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Couldn't Keep It to Myself (Wally Lamb)
Couldn't Keep It to Myself (Wally Lamb)
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The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
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Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
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Darkness at Noon
Darkness at Noon
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De Profundis (Oscar Wilde)
De Profundis (Oscar Wilde)
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Dead Man Walking (Helen Prejean)
Dead Man Walking (Helen Prejean)
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Doing Time (Kazuichi Hanawa)
Doing Time (Kazuichi Hanawa)
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Eileen (Ottessa Moshfegh)
Eileen (Ottessa Moshfegh)
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The End of Alice
The End of Alice
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The Glass Cell (Patricia Highsmith)
The Glass Cell (Patricia Highsmith)
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The Great Escape (Paul Brickhill)
The Great Escape (Paul Brickhill)
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The Green Mile (Stephen King)
The Green Mile (Stephen King)
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The Gulag Archipelago
The Gulag Archipelago
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Hard Rain Falling
Hard Rain Falling
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus
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The House of the Dead (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The House of the Dead (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
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I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, by Harlan Ellison
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, by Harlan Ellison
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In the Belly of the Beast
In the Belly of the Beast
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In the Penal Colony
In the Penal Colony
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Incarceron (Catherine Fisher)
Incarceron (Catherine Fisher)
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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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Invitation to a Beheading (Vladimir Nabokov)
Invitation to a Beheading (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Kindred
Kindred
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King Rat (China Mieville)
King Rat (China Mieville)
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Kiss of the Spider Woman
Kiss of the Spider Woman
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Letter From the Birmingham Jail
Letter From the Birmingham Jail
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Letters and Papers From Prison (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
Letters and Papers From Prison (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
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A Life Inside (Erwin James)
A Life Inside (Erwin James)
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