Essay Topic 1
"Life on the Outside" is an example of narrative nonfiction in that it's a true story that reads like fiction. While the story is about Elaine Bartlett, it is not her voice recounting the story. In reality, author Jennifer Gonnerman is part of the story. What is her role and goal in the telling of this book? Do you ever feel her advising or judging Elaine? Is she ever a part of the story? Do you find any evidence of her "voice?"
Essay Topic 2
What would you do if you spent sixteen years in prison for your first offense? You're serving time along with violent offenders, although there is nothing violent about your crime. How would you feel? Do you think it would be any different than how Elaine felt when she was first locked up? How would you spend your days?
Essay Topic 3
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