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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Picking Cotton

In my search for the perfect common read book for our students, I came across a book called Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson & Ronald Cotton that seemed so interesting. This is on my short list of recommendations, but I highly doubt it will be the book of choice. However, with a description like this I had to read it -- so I requested it from the library and it just came in. Can't wait to start it! 

Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.
In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.