During my recent trip to Chicago, I checked out the new American Writers Museum.
I highly recommend this experience to all fans and beneficiaries of American literature (and if you are reading my blog I’m assuming you are both of these!!). I found it interesting, inspiring, and even emotional.
This museum just opened in May, and I think the word is still getting out about it. I am excited to tell you more!
Shaka Senghor’s compelling memoir is about redemption.
The text of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison moves back and forth between two segments of Senghor’s life: his life as a teenager who started dealing crack at age 14 and his life as a convicted murderer in prison for 19 years.
The story lines, which eventually read as a complete life story, are informative, distressing, and eventually hopeful and powerful.
As Shaka explains the series of situations and choices that led him to commit a murder and end up in prison, it does not read as excuses. It read so that I could truly understand how it all could happen. In fact, I would have been more surprised if he didn’t end up in prison for something.