The Bottom Line
- This is an important story to tell.
- It is extremely well written and paced; reads like fiction.
- Inspirational -- shows how two people transcended injustice through forgiveness.
- Tells the facts without being overly graphic.
- I don't have a con.
- 'Picking Cotton' by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton and Erin Torneo was first published in March 2009.
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- 304 Pages
Guide Review - 'Picking Cotton' by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton and Erin Torneo
It is possible, however, to tell an important story in a way that is dry or painful to read. That is how I felt about John Grisham's The Innocent Man. Picking Cotton is a good book not just for the story, but also for the writing. I didn't want to put it down. I was drawn in and wanted to hear more from both voices. When Thompson-Cannino expressed hatred toward Cotton, I empathized even though I knew she was wrong. When Cotton felt hopeful that his verdict would be overturned during an appeal, I routed for him even though I knew it would not happen.
I am interested in race relations and justice, especially in the South, so this book naturally appealed to me. I believe, however, that even those who are not as interested in these issues would enjoy reading this outstanding book.