Felicia Pearson, who starred of the acclaimed television series The Wire, reveals her incredible, hard-knock life story, one that dramatically parallels her television character. While Felicia is a brilliant actor who played a truly chilling role, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in Jessup state penitentiary after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the cosmic intervention of her mentor, Uncle Loney, that she turned her life around. Eventually, Snoop was discovered in a nightclub by one of The Wire's cast members and quickly recruited to be one of television's most frightening and intriguing villains. While the story of coming up from the hood has been told by Antwone Fisher and Chris Gardner, among others, Snoop's tale goes far deeper into The Life than any previous books. And like Mary Karr's story, Snoop's is a woman's story from a fresh point of view. She defied traditional conventions of gender and sexual preference on the hardest streets in America and in front of millions of viewers on TV.
While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role in The Wire, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in prison after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the intervention of her mentor that she turned her life around. Snoop was discovered in a nightclub and quickly recruited to be one of television's most frightening and intriguing villains. Snoop's is the story of a woman who defied traditional conventions on the hardest streets in America.--From publisher description.
In this collection of true ghost stories taken from the files of Britain's renowned ghost-hunter, each case has been thoroughly verified with all available sources. Even the few striking legends which are included--each of them a meld of local tradition and hard fact--have been accorded the same painstaking personal research. O'Donnell tells of phantom buses and trains--and even a phantom plane; of the strangling oak of Nannau Woods, haunted churches, compacts with the dead; of banshees and fairies today and in old Brittany, Ireland and Wales. He also includes more of his own encounters with the supernatural: on a lonely road in Scotland, on beach and moor, and in a house filled with the hate of two dead women where, through the appearance of a ghost, O'Donnell uncovers a ghastly crime committed by mother and daughter 25 years before.--From dust jacket.
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Murder, Vengeance, and the Desolation of a Texas Community
Author: Monte Akers
What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922 has been forgotten by the outside world. It was only a co-worker's whispered words, "Kirven is where they burned the [Negroes]," that set Monte Akers on a quest to find out what happened and, more important, why. After years of following clues found in old newspaper clippings, NAACP reports, and the memories of the few remaining witnesses who would talk, Akers here pieces together the story of a young white woman's brutal murder and the burning alive of three black men who were almost certainly innocent of it. This was followed by a month-long reign of terror as white men hunted down and killed blacks while local authorities concealed the real identity of the white probable murderers and allowed them to go free. Akers paints a vivid portrait of a community desolated by race hatred and its own refusal to face hard truths.
Philip Marlowe meets Bright Lights, Big City in this ambitious first novel that roams from Park Avenue to Manhattan's seedy, savage after-hours scene. In it, a burned out journalist tracks the most difficult story of his life: the murder of the woman he loved.
One Woman's Journey Through Murder, Justice and Forgiveness
Author: Katy Hutchison
Publisher: Raincoast Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
On New Year's Eve in 1997, Bob McIntosh was murdered while trying to break up a teenagers' party at a friend's house. His wife, Katy, was left a widow with four-year-old twins. In the midst of her grief, and with remarkable courage and grace, Katy began an amazing journey of forgiveness. She recognized the need to educate teens about the risks arising from the combination of youth, alcohol and lack of supervision. She began speaking to schools and other groups about social responsibility, restorative justice and the transformative power of forgiveness.Katy waited for five years while the police uncovered and convicted Bob's killers. Ryan Aldridge was charged with Bob's murder in 2002. Astoundingly, Katy reached out to Ryan, and they have since forged a powerful and unique relationship. Ryan has now joined Katy in her speaking engagements, and Katy supported his recent successful appeal for early parole.Walking After Midnight is the extraordinary story of a life interrupted by unthinkable tragedy, and of Katy's commitment to turning the horror into a transformative gift. It offers a means for all of us to embrace fully the concepts of forgiveness and restorative justice.