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"A stunning memoir....Susan Burton is a national treasure."
-Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
"Thank you for an amazing story that you tell in this book."
-Trevor Noah on The Daily Show
  • National Book Foundation (home of the National Book Awards) 2019-2020 Literature for Justice pick 

  • NAACP Image Award Winner, Outstanding Literary Work, 2018

  • Book Prize for Social Justice, Goddard Riverside, 2017

Chicago Public Library's Best Reads of 2017

"Susan Burton's life and work are a testament to the power of second chances and the impact one person can have on the lives of others. Her book is a stirring and moving tour-de-force—a beautiful inspiration for all of us to continue to fight for justice."
John Legend, actor, singer, songwriter

"Susan Burton is someone who inspires while she educates. Her powerful and compelling memoir is an unforgettable journey and also an extraordinary light for all who are looking for answers on how we must recover, restore, and redeem those who have been incarcerated. This is a must-read."

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy

"A dramatic, honest, moving narrative of how hard life can get and how one can still overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity to do good in the world."—Kirkus 

“Susan Burton is an angel among us. Her journey is a story of courage, compassion, and conviction. At turns harrowing and inspiring, Becoming Ms. Burton provides a valuable new perspective on the consequences of mass incarceration.”

—Howard Schultz, Starbucks Coffee Company

"More than just a memoir, this account provides an intimate glimpse into the problems that plague the U.S. prison system. Also recommended for those interested in prison reform and the race, gender, and socioeconomic issues relating to criminal justice."—Library Journal 

With a foreword by Michelle Alexander, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow: Colorblindness in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

Read an excerpt at STARBUCKS STORIES


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