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Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

     by Thompson-Cannino, Jennifer

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

Jennifer Thompson's life changed the day a man broke into her college apartment and raped her, just as Ronald Cotton's changed the day Jennifer picked him out of a police lineup as her attacker. It wasn't until eleven years later, when DNA evidence inspired Jennifer's true rapist to confess, that Ronald's conviction was overturned and he was finally released from prison. Two years later, the two forged an unlikely and inspiring friendship that has helped them both to heal from this tragedy. 

Picking Cotton is a moving joint memoir that relates both victims' experiences, alternating between Jennifer's and Ronald's point of view as the story unfolds. It sheds light on the criminal justice system and the potential weaknesses of eye witness testimony, while also demonstrating the healing power of grace and forgiveness. For those who enjoy listening to audiobooks, an excellent unabridged recording is available.

Reviewed by kb, 5/09. Other reviews by kb.