Lora Bex Lempert, Author of Women Doing Life

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Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Rd., Saline, MI

Lora Bex Lempert – author of Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment and the Struggle for Identity – will pay a special visit to Saline District Library for a fascinating and informative afternoon discussing her book and research. Women Doing Life was selected as one of the Library of Michigan’s 2017 Michigan Notable Books, and Lempert's visit is part of the Michigan Notable Authors Tour. Books will be available for sale and signing after the presentation.

One third of the world’s imprisoned women are in the United States, and Women Doing Life shines a spotlight on the experiences of 72 women serving life sentences in Michigan.  Through in-depth interviews, Lempert brings these marginalized women back into the center of the public arena, drawing attention to their complicated, contradictory, and yet compelling lives.  Documenting that most had reported traumatic childhoods, Lempert reveals that many were victims before they were offenders, and a critical analysis of her participants’ life histories illuminates broader social trends that affect all women in contemporary America.  This is a study of the ways women grow and create meaningful lives in the most restrictive of environments.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Michigan Humanities Council, the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Meijer, and the Michigan Center for the Book.

Questions? Please call Saline District Library at 734-429-5450 or visit the Library's website.