The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber

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Harper Collins, Oct 18, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages

Joe Loya's idyllic childhood came to an abrupt end when his mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. In the two years before her death, Joe's extremely religious father became increasingly violent toward his two young sons-a contradiction that haunted Joe for years. Then, at age sixteen, Joe retaliated during a particularly severe beating and stabbed his father in the neck.

For Joe, this was the starting point of a life of crime, and after holding up his twenty -- fourth bank, he was arrested and served seven years in prison. He continued his criminal behavior behind bars and was eventually placed in solitary confinement-the lowest of lows, even for convicts. Alone in his cell for two years, Joe was finally able to forgive his father, finding clarity, cultural insight, and redemption through writing.

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User Review  - JeremyPreacher - LibraryThing

I don't think I'd want to be alone in a room with this guy, but he tells a good yarn. It's evidence towards the proposition that simultaneously beating the living shit out of your kids and believing they're chosen by God to do something special is not going to end how you expect. Read full review

THE MAN WHO OUTGREW HIS PRISON CELL: Confessions of a Bank Robber

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A cradle-to-jail, coming-of-age and going-bad autobiography from a bank robber out of the East LA barrio. Debut author Loya was schooled in violence by a Bible-thumping, kid-thrashing, wife-beating ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Joe Loya is an essayist and playwright, as well as a contributing editor with the Pacific News Service. His essays have appeared in several national newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Examiner, the Los Angeles Times, and El Andar magazine. He lives with his wife in the Bay Area.

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