It’s a well-known fact that getting your book picked for Oprah’s Book Club is like having a fairy godmother wave her wand and make the book an instant bestseller. The latest book to receive this notoriety is certainly worth the hype and is what Oprah herself describes in her announcement video as a story that “reads like an epic novel,” except that it’s a memoir and is all true. The next Oprah Book Club pick is….
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton!
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Hinton’s memoir, as the title suggests, is an account of his time on Death Row in Alabama after being falsely convicted of murdering two fast food managers during a robbery in 1985. He was imprisoned for thirty years until 2015 when ballistics test proved that he did not fire the gun that killed them. He spent his first few years in prison angry and full of despair, but as he came to accept his fate, he resolved to survive and find a way for himself and his fellow inmates to live on Death Row. His book is a testament to the power of faith, resilience, and forgiveness.
Before he was released from prison, Hinton started a book club of his own with the other inmates. Books gave him the ability to experience other worlds even while he was behind bars. In an interview for Macmillan, he explained, “Reading really saved my life in a way that people probably will never be able to understand.” According to Hinton, there is nothing better in this world than discussing a good book with other people.
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As for his own book, he has said that he hopes that it will inspire other people to do better. “What happened to me, I don’t ever want to happen to anyone else. I’m just trying to be a little tiny light in God’s world,” he said.
The Sun Does Shine is on sale now. You can buy it on Amazon here.
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