Hook

Hook

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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"Hook: a memoir is a gripping story of transformation. Without excuse or indulgence, author and educator Randall Horton explores his downward spiral from unassuming Howard University undergraduate to homeless drug addict, international cocaine smuggler, and incarcerated felon--before showing us the redemptive role that writing and literature played in helping him reclaim his life. The multilayered narrative bridges past and present through both the vivid portrayal of Horton's singular experiences and his correspondence in letters with the anonymous Lxxxx, a Latina woman awaiting trial. Hook explores race and social construction in America, the forgotten lives within the prison industrial complex, and the resilience of the human spirit."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Augury Books,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780988735569
0988735563
Branch Call Number: BIO HORTON R. Horton
Characteristics: xx, 195 pages ;,23 cm

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JCLMELODYK Apr 06, 2020

A testimony to the power of programs for incarcerated - this is what most excites me about the Randall Horton's journal from promising student, to drug dealer, to prisoner to professor! Someone showed an interest in him, someone encouraged his talent and helped him develop his craft and someo... Read More »

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JCLLisaA Oct 19, 2019

In this epistolary memoir, Horton recounts how he went from a college student studying economics to a drug addict and dealer (with the street name Hook) to incarcerated felon to poet and tenured professor. It's a remarkable story in his singular voice, told both in exposition and through correspo... Read More »


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JCLMELODYK Apr 06, 2020

A testimony to the power of programs for incarcerated - this is what most excites me about the Randall Horton's journal from promising student, to drug dealer, to prisoner to professor! Someone showed an interest in him, someone encouraged his talent and helped him develop his craft and someone mentored him in his new life.

I could quote this entire book. I especially like the letters between Mr Horton and his friend Lxxxx, a Latina woman serving time. The fact that Mr. Horton has such wonderful parents, makes his journey into drug dealing especially painful to watch.

I would love to meet this man!

JCLLisaA Oct 19, 2019

In this epistolary memoir, Horton recounts how he went from a college student studying economics to a drug addict and dealer (with the street name Hook) to incarcerated felon to poet and tenured professor. It's a remarkable story in his singular voice, told both in exposition and through correspondence with LXXXX, a Hispanic women with whom Horton exchanges letters about life both inside and outside of prison, family, books, writers, and writing. Full review here: https://www.jocolibrary.org/we-recommend/reviews/hook-memoir

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