I became acquainted with IndieReader via an unusual path. I bought Too Cruel, Not Unusual enough, a book about America’s two death penalties, the one we all know about and the one called “the other death penalty,” or “the silent death penalty: life without parole, or LWOP. If you’ve been reading this blog lately, you know that criminal justice is one of my primary interests (concerns), and the direction in which most of my writing is going.
The book is a collection of essays and poetry, most of it written by lifers, and gives a first person view of what it’s like to live without any hope of freedom, to know that a steel and concrete cage is going to be your home until you’re carried out, feet first. In most states, death sentences for murder are declining, with LWOP taking its place as a more humane” option. But the US is the only western, developed country that uses this sentence, and in the eyes of the rest of the world, it’s considered barbaric and a form of torture.
To shorten a long story, I’m on the mailing list of the organization responsible for the book, and a recent email notified me that it would be sponsoring IndieReader from the 13th through the 15th of this month. It’s an excellent site and worth exploring, aside from the temporary connection. Sponsors are able to advertise a book of their own, so there is an ad for Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough. I was delighted to discover that a Kindle edition is now available at a very reasonable $5.49. I had willingly paid for the paperback, knowing the work that the book’s editor, Kenneth Hartman has been doing while he’s been serving a LWOP sentence.
LWOP is a big issue that’s been too deeply buried. That’s beginning to change. $5.49 isn’t a big price for informing yourself. And it’s a good read. Here’s the direct link, since the one on IndieReader isn’t working. Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough