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Right Here, Right Now: Life Stories from America's Death Row
edited by Lynden Harris
Duke University Press, 2021
Paper: 978-1-4780-1411-9 | Cloth: 978-1-4780-1197-2 | eISBN: 978-1-4780-2142-1
Library of Congress Classification HV8699.U5R54 2021

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Upon receiving his execution date, one of the thousands of men living on death row in the United States had an epiphany: “All there ever is, is this moment. You, me, all of us, right here, right now, this minute, that's love.” Right Here, Right Now collects the powerful, first-person stories of dozens of men on death rows across the country. From childhood experiences living with poverty, hunger, and violence to mental illness and police misconduct to coming to terms with their executions, these men outline their struggle to maintain their connection to society and sustain the humanity that incarceration and its daily insults attempt to extinguish. By offering their hopes, dreams, aspirations, fears, failures, and wounds, the men challenge us to reconsider whether our current justice system offers actual justice or simply perpetuates the social injustices that obscure our shared humanity.

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