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I finished this yesterday and will be giving it 4 stars.

I could feel his frustration as he told his story, and admire his stamina and methods of survival to find his place each time he was shipped off to yet another pr This co-authored true crime memoir depicting the rape of Jennifer Thompson and wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton is an emotional and inspiring read.

Jun 30, Rae rated it really liked it Shelves: Resemption was no prosecuterial misconduct, there was not coersion, I didn’t sit there through the book and constantly say “oh my gosh” or “no way!

Guilt, fear, anger—they were all their own kinds of prison. Well, someone did and those people were able to eventually use DNA in a rape kit to find the real rapist. When he secured a new trial inhe found himself charged with a second attack and sentenced to two life sentences plus 54 years. Between this book and the Paradise Lost documentary, I am kind of appalled at how the US justice system works sometimes, obscuring evidence and convicting to life in prison or the death penalty on the basis of, “well, on paper he looks like the redemtion of person who might’ve committed this crime” because he’s black or likes heavy metal or whatever.

She identified Ronald Thompson as her attacker, suffered great trauma, redemotion though she eventually moved on, the attack on her body left a wide swath of emotional scar tissue. Picking Cotton is not only a wonderful book and an amazing story, it is also important that each and every one of should read. We are using some statistics to proclaim suspects: This co-authored true crime memoir depicting the rape of Jennifer Thompson and wrongful ouur of Ronald Cotton is an emotional and inspiring read.


With Picking CottonJennifer and Ronald tell in their own words the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.

One evening a man broke into her apartment and raped her at knifepoint. She memorizes her rapist’s features, then picks him out of a lineup at the police station later in the week. I liked this book a lot. I felt compassion for both Jennifer and Ron, and they were on completely opposite ends of the story.

There are many examples of the same, men and women, serving times for crimes they did not commit.

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

To ask other readers questions about Picking Cottonplease sign up. I felt the pain and joy that both Jennifer and Ronald went through during the different stages of their life. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. When starting this book I was nervous, primarily of the way it would portray rape victims or its effect on victim testimony in a time when so many rapists walk free.

Picking Cotton | A Memoir by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo

Nov 01, Grace rated it really liked it. After eleven years Cotto Jennifer Cotron was a senior in college planning to get married when the unthinkable happened. There are miraculous stores of strength inside us. However, reading her own account, I felt her spirit is not translated as strong.

The book vividly conveys the awfulness of the crime committed against Jennifer Thompson as well the injustice and misery suffered by Ronald Cotton. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face– and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. The story is framed as being about the unreliability of memory and the power of forgiveness.


Dec 28, Suzanne rated it it was amazing. Other editions – View all Picking Cotton: A tip based on the composite sketch led to Ronald Cotton, whom she identified in a lineup and in court.

Jennifer and Ronald show us all what human grace is all about. Low on gruesomeness, high on forgiveness without being powderpuff cottin sentimentality, an excellent narrative from both the alleged rapist and rape victim’s viewpoint. How could this have happened? Jennifer and Ron look at each other, smiling. Authors Thompson-Cannino and Cotton injusticw this riveting account of their separate, yet connected, lives through those picming.

True story of a woman raped, and a man falsely accused, in the days before DNA testing was being done. This book gave us a happy ending. The book vividly conveys the awfulness of the cri The authors’ friendship is improbable and compelling.

Although it’s not exactly a page turner, I would recommend pur all older teens and above it’s kind of graphic at some points because of the rape purely for the magnificent message it leaves you with.

This is in This book really captured the injustice of what happened to these two people – the horror of being raped, and the horror of being incorrectly incarcerated. This book is about faith and forgiveness. A woman is raped and picks a man out of a lineup and is dedemption throughout his trial that this is the man who raped her.