Larceny in My Blood

Larceny in My Blood

A Memoir of Heroin, Handcuffs, and Higher Education

Graphic Novel - 2012
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A fully illustrated graphic memoir of a child of the '60s who was raised into a life of crime and addiction --but graduated into freedom.

Matthew Parker was in his mid-forties when he started college. He'd been sidetracked: Eleven years were eaten up by serving time in various county jails, state penitentiaries, and federal prison. He'd been arrested more than thirty times, racking up eight felonies in a crime career that began at age thirteen, when he started dealing pot. When he got out of prison for the last time and kicked his heroin addiction, he was determined to spend the next chapter of his life in the classroom. And he did just that, going on to complete a master's degree from Columbia University's highly competitive creative writing program.Through captivating black-and-white illustrations drawn in a distinctively primitive style, Larceny in My Blood flashes back on Parker's childhood, with memories of a loving but lawless mother teaching him that breaking the law was the way to survive. From there it moves to an account of Parker's lost decades, where he resorted to petty crime to support a heroin habit. After years of fighting the system, Parker sees the light and Larceny in My Blood becomes a poignant portrait of a man trying to find his way in the straight and narrow. A unique memoir, Parker's images and words form a mesmerizing road to redemption.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781592406623
Branch Call Number: ANF 364.8092 PAR
Characteristics: 280 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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WGTaylor Sep 26, 2012

Individual panel sections were very good; but as a whole, the book's disjointed and rambling.

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