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  • Will definitely read it.

    17 33.33%
  • Will definitely not read it.

    14 27.45%
  • Kind of curious; might buy an early edition

    2 3.92%
  • Kind of curious; will wait to see it second-hand somewhere

    12 23.53%
  • read it

    6 11.76%
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  1. #1
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    Almost Home: My Life Story

    Trying this conversation again.

    Have you read the book? Would/will you read the book? If so, what would you hope to learn or better understand; and if not, why not?

    (Write-in votes optional. Polite discourse not optional.)

    You can hold back from the suffering of the world. You have free permission to do so and it is in accordance with your nature.
    But perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could have avoided.
    Franz Kafka

    Be not simply good. Be good for something.
    HDT

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    Just don't think DE has anything to say that I'd want to hear.

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    Nah, this was published in 2005. I'm kinda interested in life after death row -- but that's just me.

    Have you read it? Just curious as to the interest when the book is 6 years out.

    MOO

    Mel

    ETA: I would never pay 15 bucks for a book with 160 pages...no matter who wrote it. If I found it on line for free..maybe. But I won't go out of my way to look for it.

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    I wondered if he wrote bad and hurtful things about Misskelley. As of today Echols still calls Misskelley retarded.

    "Two things that I don't have time for is stupidity and ugliness,'' Echols said in a 1995 death row interview. "And Jessie Misskelley had both those qualities.''
    http://www.commercialappeal.com/news.../back-to-life/

    I also want to add that: I am curious if he wrote about his mother or ex-girlfriend.

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    mmmhhh,I'm sure you wouldn't be thrilled either if you are innocent and a guy sends you straight to deathrow with a false confession.
    when Damien became older he has expressed many,many times that he does not blame Jessie for the coerced confession.

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    If I came across a copy in a second hand bookshop I'd pick it up, but I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it.

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    you can read the first couple of chapters here.I think I will get the book.
    He is talented and the beginning is sentimental,tender....I can relate to it a lot.
    There is already resentment about his mother though so if you read the whole book it probably becomes clearer why he is not close to her now.
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 02-24-2016 at 03:23 PM. Reason: broken link

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    Obviously, since I refer to it often, I have read it - more than once. I find his writing style wonderful, and I hope that he is able to continue writing. I know that he is writing a memoir. I'm curious as to why some people would definitely not read it. You don't think he has anything to say that you would care to read? When he wrote the book, he had already been on Death Row for quite a while. That experience alone should be intriguing as (hopefully) none of us will ever have that experience first hand. Are you afraid that, when you read the book and hear Damien recount his experiences, you might no longer be able to believe that Damien actually was capable of committing those murders? A head in the sand attitude will never lead to total information about a person or a situation.

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    I want to read this book but don't have the means to acquire it (yet).

    His next book will be even more powerful because it will not be excruiatingly trying to squeeze thru the ever-shrinking narrow tube to get to the free public.

    JMO

    Sometimes you just have to listen to your intuition that is screaming, and that is what I am feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compassionate Reader View Post
    Obviously, since I refer to it often, I have read it - more than once. I find his writing style wonderful, and I hope that he is able to continue writing. I know that he is writing a memoir. I'm curious as to why some people would definitely not read it. You don't think he has anything to say that you would care to read? When he wrote the book, he had already been on Death Row for quite a while. That experience alone should be intriguing as (hopefully) none of us will ever have that experience first hand. Are you afraid that, when you read the book and hear Damien recount his experiences, you might no longer be able to believe that Damien actually was capable of committing those murders? A head in the sand attitude will never lead to total information about a person or a situation.
    Oh, I would definitely read it if I could find it for free. I just wouldn't pay 15 bucks cuz money is tight. Maybe I interpreted the poll wrong in that I would definitely not go out and buy it. I can't say I'd definitely read it, because chances are it's not on the library shelf. And every time I go to the library for DS I get lost in a plethora of other books

    But now that this is on my radar, I'll put it on my list of books to look for next time! I might just get lucky.

    Thanks

    Mel


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    Quote Originally Posted by Melanie View Post
    Oh, I would definitely read it if I could find it for free. I just wouldn't pay 15 bucks cuz money is tight. Maybe I interpreted the poll wrong in that I would definitely not go out and buy it. I can't say I'd definitely read it, because chances are it's not on the library shelf. And every time I go to the library for DS I get lost in a plethora of other books

    But now that this is on my radar, I'll put it on my list of books to look for next time! I might just get lucky.

    Thanks

    Mel
    Thanks for the clarification! As was pointed out earlier, you can read part of it free online. Also, check the used book stores. Since the book has been out for several years, you might be able to find a used copy a lot cheaper. Even amazon.com sometimes sells used copies of books.

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    I will read it when I can find it in my price range.I waited and waited to find the book Media Tried Justice Denied about the Darlie Routier case.I succeeded in finding it for $17.00 on ebay.

    I will NOT spend anymore than 10 bucks for Almost Home.Chances of me finding it here in Canada at a yard sale are rather slim.

    Guess I am a tightwad...but I will eventually find it and read it.

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    I'd be more interested in reading his next book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cappuccino View Post
    I'd be more interested in reading his next book.
    I'm looking forward to that one, too. I'm also looking forward to Devil's Knot 2 or whatever name Mara ends up with for the sequel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cappuccino View Post
    I'd be more interested in reading his next book.
    I want to read both.

    Damien is incredibly eloquent. Perhaps he is an example of how someone transforms themself while in prison for years...while no rehab/therapy/counseling is provided for them...dysfunctional family life before arrest and imprisonment...no formal education past <what year> of high school...horrible living conditions while being imprisoned yet innocent.

    The next book will be quite fascinating becuz it will be about the power of love and the human spirit. JMO.

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