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Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace: A Memoir
by Michael Morton

Published: 2015-07-28
Paperback : 304 pages
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“A devastating and infuriating book, more astonishing than any legal thriller by John Grisham” (The New York Times) about a young father who spent twenty-five years in prison for a crime he did not commit…and his eventual exoneration and return to life as a free man.

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“A devastating and infuriating book, more astonishing than any legal thriller by John Grisham” (The New York Times) about a young father who spent twenty-five years in prison for a crime he did not commit…and his eventual exoneration and return to life as a free man.

On August 13, 1986, just one day after his thirty-second birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple’s bed—and the Williamson County Sherriff’s office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence. Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed. He mourned his wife from a prison cell. He lost all contact with their son. Life, as he knew it, was over.

Drawing on his recollections, court transcripts, and more than 1,000 pages of personal journals he wrote in prison, Michael recounts the hidden police reports about an unidentified van parked near his house that were never pursued; the bandana with the killer’s DNA on it, that was never introduced in court; the call from a neighboring county reporting the attempted use of his wife’s credit card, which was never followed up on; and ultimately, how he battled his way through the darkness to become a free man once again.

“Even for readers who may feel practically jaded about stories of injustice in Texas—even those who followed this case closely in the press—could do themselves a favor by picking up Michael Morton’s new memoir…It is extremely well-written [and] insightful” (The Austin Chronicle). Getting Life is an extraordinary story of unfathomable tragedy, grave injustice, and the strength and courage it takes to find forgiveness.

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Only Michael's family and one friend continued to believe in his innocence. Why do think Christine's family quickly and totally changed their feelings toward Michael? If faced with the same circumstances, would you do the same?
Why do you think Bill Anderson, Michael's lawyer, believed in his innocence all along? Who are the real heroes in this book?
If you spent 25 years in prison what would you miss most and what would be the first thing you would do upon your release? Did anything surprise you about Michael's adjustment to freedom?
by mopsickmom (see profile) 11/04/15

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Great book!
by mopsickmom (see profile) 11/04/15
There are no discussion questions online for this book. We created our own. Here are some of them if it helps you. 1. At the beginning of the book, when the evidence was stacked against Michael did you ever doubt his innocence? What was the most damning evidence against him? 2. What is your opinion of Ken Anderson, the DA who prosecuted Morton? Do you think he truly believed Michael was guilty? Do you think he hid the evidence that could have shed doubts about Michael's guilt on purpose or he truly believed it had no importance and would not have changed the verdict? 3. Did your opinion of our prison system/justice system change? In what ways? Did you learn something you never knew about these systems?

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  "One of our best picks!!"by mopsickmom (see profile) 11/04/15

This is one of our book club's favorite choices. It is the very moving, true story of a man who spent 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Well written, addictive, you won't want to put it... (read more)

 
  "Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace: A Memoir"by patnsbookclub (see profile) 11/04/15

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