15 TO LIFE : HOW I PAINTED MY WAY TO FREEDOM

By: ANTHONY PAPA

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It's 1985 and 29-year-old family man Anthony Papa is the owner of a failing radio repair business. Offered $500 to deliver an envelope for an acquaintance, the desperate Papa agrees, unaware of the cocaine inside or the sting operation that awaits. Though it's his first criminal offense, New York drugs laws dictate a mandatory 15-year-to-life prison term. Papa's life is ruined. His wife leaves, he can't see his daughter, and he's consumed by regret and thoughts of suicide until discovering painting - a pursuit that sustains him and gradually inspires him to fight for justice. When his self-portrait is exhibited at the Whitney Museum in 1994, a burst of public sympathy catches the attention of the governor and leads to Papa's eventual release just three years short of the full sentence. A riveting story featuring a 16-page signature with color photos and reproductions of Anthony Papa's art, 15 To Life is also an important social critique of America's draconian drug laws and a clarion call for reform.

Title: 15 TO LIFE : HOW I PAINTED MY WAY TO FREEDOM

Author Name: ANTHONY PAPA

Categories: ART BIOGRAPHY,

Publisher: FERAL HOUSE:

ISBN Number: 1932595066

ISBN Number 13: 9781932595062

Binding: HARDCOVER W/JACKET

Book Condition: GOOD CONDITION

Seller ID: IM418065

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