*** Prisoner in the Kitchen by William Bonham

Prisoner in the Kitchen: The Car Thief, the Murderer, and the Man Hired to Feed Them his an unpretentious, factual memoir of a professional cook who takes a job in a high-security prison in Montana and quickly develops good relationships with many inmates who work in the kitchen. As time passes he learns of the sometimes horrible crimes they committed and finds it very difficult to reconcile their pasts, and their rationalizations of their pasts, with his working relationships. I thought the no-nonsense description of the daily life in prisons very enlightening, as well as the deeper implications on whether we can really know and trust people around us.

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