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Works by Matthew Parker

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Canonical name
Parker, Matthew
Birthdate
1960-04-05
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Connecticut, USA
Places of residence
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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Candid, analytical, detailed and engrossing observation of multiple systems--family, prison and academia. Instead of playing the hero in an epic saga of recovery, Matthew Parker does not spare himself from careful scrutiny. Great to have a secular humanist perspective on beating a heroin addiction.
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kivarson | 1 other review | Jan 12, 2014 |
From Amazon.com:
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.
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