That Bird Has My Wings

That Bird Has My Wings

The Autobiography of An Innocent Man on Death Row

Book - 2009
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Jarvis Jay Masters has taken an extraordinary journey of faith. Strangely enough, his moment of enlightenment came behind the bars of San Quentin's death row. In this compelling memoir, inmate and author Jarvis Jay Masters takes us from the arms of his heroin-addicted mother to an abusive foster home, on his escape to the illusory freedom of the streets and through lonely nights spent in bus stations and juvenile homes, and finally to life inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison. Using the nub and filler from a ballpoint pen (the only writing instrument allowed him in solitary confinement), Masters chronicles the story of a bright boy who turns to a life of crime, and of a penitent man who embraces Buddhism to find hope in this ultimately inspirational story.

Masters has written his remarkable story as a cautionary tale for anyone who might be tempted to follow in his footsteps, and as a plea for under-standing to a world that too often ignores the plight of the forgotten members of society. His personal story dramatically reminds us all that freedom and opportunity are not to be taken for granted, and that no matter what their neighborhood, no matter what their race, every child matters.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061730450
0061730459
Branch Call Number: 921 Maste
Characteristics: xvii, 281 pages ; 24 cm

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jvanderg
Aug 21, 2012

The events in his life were so touching that it was hard to read this book, but so important and rewarding for this reason. This book shows why we need to take care of the kids in our communities.

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KellyBeltrano
Mar 10, 2012

Opened my eyes to the statement "brought up by the system". Heart wrenching, poignant and wise. Hard to put down. Successfully delivers.

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