Picking Cotton (Compact Disc)

Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

By Ronald Cotton, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Erin Torneo

Tantor Audio, 9781400111527

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

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Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.

About the Author

Ronald Cotton has spoken on the topic of criminal justice and its flaws at various schools and conferences, including Washington and Lee University and Georgetown Law School. Jennifer Thompson-Cannino speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, the advisory committee for Active Voices, and the Constitution Project. Erin Torneo, a writer based in Los Angeles, is coauthor of "The Bridal Wave: A Survival Guide to the Everyone-I-Know-Is-Getting-Married Years."

Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for "Audiofile" and "Library Journal."

Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among "AudioFile"'s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for narration and direction.

Praise For Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

"[A] remarkable testament.... A MUST read." ---Studs Terkel, author of Touch and Go