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SABINE HEINLEIN is the author of the narrative nonfiction bookAmong Murderers: Life After Prison(University of California Press, 2013), which has won the 2014 Gold IPPY award in the category current affairs/social issues. Her work can be found in German, American, and British publications, among them The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Poets&Writers, Pacific Standard Magazine, Longreads and Die Zeit. Heinlein has received a Pushcart Prize, a Margolis Award, a Sidney Gross Award for Investigative Reporting, and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Hambidge, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has spoken and read at New York University, New York Public Library, the New School, University of East Anglia, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Heinlein holds a master’s degree in journalism from NYU and a master’s in art history from UniversitätHamburg. She is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN America and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
You can contact her at sabine[at]sabineheinlein[dot]org.
“A deeply compassionate book that poses urgent questions about the end product of imprisonment and the social thirst for vengeance.”(Kirkus Reviews 2013-04-01)
“Notably free of policy jargon, Sabine’s work is about real people and the stories they have to tell.”(Theodore Hamm Brooklyn Rail 2013-03-27)
“It will set readers thinking and possibly wanting to do more research on the subject.”(Frances O. Sandiford Library Journal 2013-03-15)
"This book is more than a tribute to the men interviewed: it asks us to test ourselves on our capacity for forgiveness and then to consider penal power’s capacity to destroy the self."(Laura Piacentini Times Higher Education 2013-06-06)
"If you are looking for a soul touching, look no further and pick up this book. You won’t be let down."(San Francisco Book Review 2013-06-06)
"Offers glimpses of a world unfamiliar to most of us and offers the opportunity to begin an honest dialogue about crime, rehabilitation, and reentry."(Marshal Zeringue Page 99 Test 2013-05-29)
"Clear, engaging prose throughout the book provides many thought-provoking insights into the nature of rehabilitation, forgiveness, and redemption by looking at real people who have faced the challenges of re-entry from prison to free society . . . aims a fresh spotlight on the problems and challenges faced by the millions of people who have been released from America's prisons."(Joel Freedman Finger Lakes Times 2013-06-27)
"Heinlein puts a face to a population that evokes strong feelings while remaining largely unfamiliar. Among Murderers is an eye-opening look at life after prison and our society’s thirst for vengeance."(Amanda Green Rumpus 2013-10-17)