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The Sun Does Shine
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with an incompetent defense attorney and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in despairing silence—angry and full of hatred for all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic 30-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

I find this one really hard to rate. On the one hand, it is an important story highlighting racial injustices in the US. It also touches on arguments against the death penalty and on how it disproportionately impacts POC and the mentally ill and disabled. As a book, however, it is ok. This is only the author‘s account of his personal experiences, which were horrible, and not a broader discussion of the issues noted above. Writing was also so-so.

MsLeah8417 😮😮😮😮😮😮 It‘s a memoir. What else is he suppose to discuss?🤦🏾‍♀️ (edited) 9h
Redwritinghood @MsLeah8417 But he didn‘t stick to memoir. I can understand why he would want to use his experience in discussion of the broader issues, but if you‘re going to do that you need to bring more to the table. 8h
MsLeah8417 How did he not stick to “memoir”? 8h
MsLeah8417 And if you want “broader discussion of the issue” I suggest you read Just Mercy written by Mr. Hinton‘s attorney, Bryan Stevenson. 8h
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kindergartenkat
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A great recommendation from a book friend! Thanks @AnneFindsJoy #nonfiction2019

jb72 I need to update my bingo card. 3d
AnneFindsJoy So happy it was a great read for you too ❤️🤗 📚 Your bingo card is filling up, awesome progress! 2d
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kindergartenkat
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Pickpick

Wow. So many emotions this book made me feel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
#bookfitnesschallenge #BFC #nonfiction2019

Bookwormjillk That looks interesting but intense 2d
kindergartenkat It is! The situation is maddening, but Hinton is an inspiring person. 2d
Clwojick This one looks good! Stacked! 💗 2d
Caterina Looks interesting! Stacked as well! 2d
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Butterflyamore
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I bought my husband a new mug today. I just want him to know that he is special to me, despite how things may seem in the morning. 😂

Are you a coffee drinker?

EH2018 This is a great mug 4d
CarolynM I completely understand that sentiment! 4d
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Eggs
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Mr. Hinton lived almost 30 years on death row as an innocent man. Not easy to read about, but true

paulfrankspencer He spoke at my church a few months back. Crazy story. 2w
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AnneFindsJoy
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#nonfiction2019 #POC A deeply poignant and powerful memoir of a black man in Alabama convicted of murders he didn‘t commit, spending 30 years on death row before being exonerated and released. He is a remarkable person full of compassion, forgiveness, and humor. So many emotions from sadness to frustration, but it leaves you with immense inspiration and appreciation for a beautiful soul! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks What a great review! Thanks for tagging me. 🤗 I should move this up my TBR. 3w
jb72 Sounds good. There is a similar case many years ago where three young men were convicted and I believed sentenced to death in Arizona. I cannot remember the name of the book. Great review! 3w
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Cinfhen Beautiful review!!! I own this book but loaned it to a friend who hasn‘t returned it yet.... now I want it back. Immediately!! 3w
AnneFindsJoy @jb72 the book gives the stats of 1 in 10 on death row have been wrongly convicted. :( 3w
Erin7 I will definitely have to check this one out. I'm fascinated by how flawed our judicial system is. Thanks for the tag. 2w
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CouronneDhiver
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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It has been several years since I‘ve started and finished a whole book within 24 hours.

This was excellent. Compelling in the most devastating way.

Regardless of your opinion on faith, criminal justice, punishment or racism, you can take something beautiful away from this man‘s story.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Drocchio03 Love the review; added to my TBR pile! 1mo
violabrain This book is amazing!! Everyone should read it!!! 1mo
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CouronneDhiver
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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CouronneDhiver
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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Ashley_Nicoletto Oh. My. God. 😭😭😭😭😭😭 1mo
Graywacke Love your bookmark 1mo
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CouronneDhiver
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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BornReadChicago
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Jessrumely
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21 // THE SUN DOES SHINE // “I was afraid every single day on death row. And I also found a way to find joy every single day. I learned that fear and joy are both a choice.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #thesundoesshine #jessicareads2019

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Jas16
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Considering how much I loved Just Mercy I cannot believe it took me so long to read this memoir by a man who spent 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit. Hinton‘s story is infuriating but Hinton himself is an inspiration. He managed to remain a loving and forgiving man under unimaginable circumstances.

Suet624 An amazing story and a 👍🏼 review. 3w
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Suet624
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This is an amazing book. An innocent man on death row for 30 years. Appeal after appeal, with the State of Alabama refusing to accept all of the evidence that supported his claim of innocence. While this is at times depressing and infuriating, it is also incredibly heartwarming. Hinton chooses love over hate and helps others to do the same. Everyone should read this. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MicheleinPhilly Couldn‘t agree more. His outlook on life after suffering such a grave injustice is awe-inspiring. I know I personally would be a perpetual rage monster. He is such a remarkable man. 2mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I‘m 5‘ tall. I‘ve been trying to imagine living in a 5‘ x 7‘ cell for 30 years. How is it even possible? 2mo
Tamra 👏🏾 2mo
Jas16 I just started this audiobook and cannot wait for work to end so I can get back to it 2mo
Suet624 @Jas16 I‘m so glad to hear you‘re reading it. (edited) 2mo
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Suet624
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An innocent man‘s comments on the trial in which he was sentenced to be executed.

saresmoore That‘s heavy. 2mo
Suet624 @saresmoore It is. I‘m just starting this and am already in love with this man. His love for his mom, his love and forgiveness for others, and his deep faith are heartwarming. 2mo
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Floresj
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Great companion to Just Mercy. It‘s is the first book about prison that I‘ve read that was uplifting and treated each inmate as a human being instead of focusing on the rapes, assaults, and overall violence in our prison system. And makes you question our whole judicial system is completely flawed.
What is capital punishment?
It‘s when a man who doesn‘t have capital will get punished.

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Cinfhen
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Hooked_on_books The tagged book is incredible 2mo
JennyM You lucky duck - GREAT haul!!! 😊 2mo
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 2mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2mo
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MsLeah8417
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Samplergal I just downloaded this one. I‘d never heard about this before. 2mo
MsLeah8417 @Samplergal : Have you read Bryan Stevenson‘s Just Mercy? 2mo
Samplergal @MsLeah8417 I have. It was read by my book club. 😭 2mo
MsLeah8417 @Samplergal OK. I always recommend reading Just Mercy first since Anthony Ray Hinton was his client. 2mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted and spent 30 long years on death row in Alabama for something he didn't do. But he spent those 30 yrs filling the row with laughter instead of cries, hope instead of fear; he chose forgiveness and compassion, he chose to be the 'Ray' his mom had always taught him to be.

Heartbreaking yet inspiring. A must-read!

Full review on blog.

#BlackHistoryMonth

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MsLeah8417
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Now that I was sentenced to die, I would be guaranteed an appeal and guaranteed some representation by an attorney. If I had been sentenced to life, I would have had to hire an attorney to appeal.

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MsLeah8417
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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...but I don‘t think he or the judge realized that by sentencing me to death, they were giving me the only shot I had at proving my innocence.

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MsLeah8417
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Somehow the state of Alabama was able to consolidate the cases, relate them to a third, and put the death penalty on the table. This was the real capital offense.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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What a great #kindledeal!!!!

#kindledeals

lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz I got this too!! 🙌🏽 3mo
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ecummings
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5 stars! The injustice is horrific but the resilience is inspiring.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3mo
Kimzey Welcome to Litsy!! We have a great community of readers. Enjoy! 3mo
ecummings @rather_be_reading @Kimzey thank you!! I'm very excited 😊😊 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! Hope you enjoy this fun community. 😉 3mo
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sophierayton
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I think this is probably the hardest book I've ever read. I had to take a long break half way through because I just couldn't handle it. How is it that within the same human race people can differ so much?! Some choose hate, some choose love. Ray chose love and may God bless him for doing so. I hope this book finds its way into the hands of every person working in any capacity within the legal system of all countries.

Cinfhen Beautiful review 3mo
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KerriArista
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Pickpick

A perfect book. A tragic story. An incredible man. Who somehow, still has so much love in his heart. I, for one, am banging on the bars.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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So I know I said I was going to read 'The Sympathizer', but being the mood reader that I am, I've decided to read this book instead, especially after realizing Feb is #BlackHistoryMonth, and I can only read one book at a time 😅

#redreads #literarylove
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
vkois88 Sounds like a good plan to me! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @vkois88 thank you, Tori! 4mo
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TJReads
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I did a giveaway on my Instagram page, last week. You should definitely follow, I‘ll be doing another one soon!

IG: T.Frostt

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TJReads
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This story was tough to read, but required. Hinton‘s story is a reality of so many men and women who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Our justice system is not perfect and this book sheds light on so many of those flaws. A must read.

BellaBookNook Stacked 📚!!! 4mo
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Tamra
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For US Littens who haven‘t read this yet, DO! It‘s powerful.

Kindle Deal today.

rjsthumbelina Well, I bought that! I couldn't get it to pull up on the Kindle store, but it pulled up on the nook store at the same price 😉 #blameitonlitsy 4mo
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violabrain
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Definitely one if the best books of the year or maybe ever! I am going to steal what @MicheleinPhilly said about this book because she said it so perfectly:
If you are pro-death penalty, please read this book.
If you are anti-death penalty, read this book.
If you have read Just Mercy, read this book.
If you haven‘t read Just Mercy, read this book (and read that one, too!)
If you want to be inspired, read this amazing book!!

MicheleinPhilly I‘m flattered! Thank you! And I reiterate my plea for folks to read this book. It is one of the most affecting things I have EVER read. 5mo
violabrain @MicheleinPhilly Yes, I agree! I think everyone should read this book and 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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If you believe in the death penalty, read this book.
If you are anti-death penalty, read this book.
If you have read Just Mercy, read this book.
If you haven‘t read Just Mercy, read this book.
If you want to be enraged, read this book.
If you want to be inspired, read this book.
Read this book.

Cinfhen Beautiful review 💙 5mo
TrishB I might have to read this book ❤️ 5mo
LeeRHarry This was referenced in the tagged book so I picked it up and will have to get to it soon! 5mo
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Centique Just reading the blurb and I want to cry already 😢 5mo
Megabooks High praise! #stacked 5mo
Reviewsbylola I need to read this and Just Mercy too. Which one should I read first? 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I would read Just Mercy first because it introduces Bryan Stevenson and acquaints you with his work/mission. 5mo
Reviewsbylola Ok, perfect! That‘s the one I already own. 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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BINGO!

Redwritinghood Sadly true. 5mo
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InnerSavvy
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Excellent book about an innocent man on dearh row for 30 years.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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You guys, look what I found on sale for $2.99 today. I‘ve seen nothing but rave reviews for this one.

Tamra 👏🏾 6mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m reading this now. It‘s excellent! 6mo
Christine It‘s wonderful! ❤️ 6mo
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8little_paws
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This man's story is incredible. An absolute must read!! 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit. If you read Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson ends up taking on the case here.

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lauralovesbooks1
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I first heard about Ray Hinton when I read Just Mercy by Stevenson. This is Hinton's story of 30 years on Death Row for crimes he didn't commit. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, this is a must read. #nonfictionnovember

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Jessicaanne
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Pittsburgh is my home. I worked in Squirrel Hill for nearly 4 years among the loving and kind Jewish community that resides there. My heart hurts.
I really can‘t comprehend how someone can live with that level of hate in their heart.

Reading usually takes me away from the world but sometimes, like now, it serves as a reminder of the present.

DivineDiana I love the quote. ❤️ 7mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A memoir about a man wrongly accused of murder and his time on death row. It covers a lot of the legal stuff he went through and how he was finally released. It was a little more feel-good then most books I read, and I definitely felt like the author was trying to teach me a lesson. But overall I found it readable and interesting.

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Zbayardo
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The sun does shine for Mr Anthony Ray Hinton but, damn, he sure had to go through a lot of darkness to enjoy that sun.

Tamra And the sun doesn‘t shine for so many others. 😔 7mo
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MallenNC
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This month I finished 8 books (the other two in Jenny Han's series not pictured)
7 fiction, 1 nonfiction
3 YA
2 mysteries
4 from Modern Mrs Darcy's Summer Reading List
Overall a great month. My favorites were The Sun Does Shine and To All The Boys ...

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peacegypsy
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I read Just Mercy within the last year, so I‘m eager to see both perspectives on the experience.

CoffeeK8 I just finished Just Mercy, I‘m going to have to read this now. How interesting. 9mo
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Bookpearl
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😭 I just don‘t understand why...he was innocent and served 20+ years. There is a GOD and a mighty one at that!

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ambam1987
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Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years in prison and in death row at Holman State Prison for a crime he didn‘t commit. I admire Anthony‘s faith and determination to prove his innocence.

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MallenNC
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I am amazed that Anthony Ray Hinton was able to stay positive in any way during his long, unjust incarceration. You will be amazed by the strength of his spirit and infuriated on his behalf while reading this. I kept looking back at the date he was released and being unable to grasp that it took that long for him to be released. Thank goodness it happened.

Tamra This one sticks with you. 9mo
MallenNC @Tamra I am sure. I've read several books about wrongfully convicted people, and those stories do stick with me. I cannot imagine being able to stay positive the way he did. 9mo
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ShannonColleen
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Just started this heartbreaking book. Such an important story for all of us to hear!

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goodbyefrancie
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Excellent book! The story will make you angry, touch your heart, and you will never forget Ray Hinton. Definitely lives up to the hype.

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abbylibrarian
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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Just bawled my eyes out over this audiobook is all. 😭😭😭 Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Death Row for a crime he didn‘t commit before he was exonerated in 2015. What a powerful story; this is a must-read for everyone, but especially anyone who read his lawyer‘s book Just Mercy.

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