Sing Soft, Sing Loud: Scenes from Two Lives

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Atheneum, 1989 - Fiction - 246 pages
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Portraying the lives of women in prison, Iva, a young prostitute, and Toni, a woman pushed too far, talk about life behind bars--from the "screws" who oversee them, to their fellow inmates, to the men they know

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This novel's success rests in its realism; it is based almost wholly on the author's own experiences in a series of prisons over a six-year period. With empathy and narrative skill, McConnel tells the ... Read full review


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Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., is an adjunct assistant professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Her company, Dog’s Best Friend, Ltd., specializes in family dog training and treating aggression in dogs, and she is an immensely popular speaker around the country. She is the co-host of Calling All Pets, an animal behavior advice show syndicated to a hundred public radio stations, and was the animal behaviorist on Animal Planet’s Petline. She works daily with three dogs (two border collies and a Great Pyrenees) on her sheep farm outside of Madison. Visit Patricia McConnell’s website at

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