The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 RobberUser Review - Kirkus
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