Now Available: Everything I Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned in Prison

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I am thrilled to announce that my book, Everything I Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned in Prison, is now available at Amazon and Smashwords, and in a few days it will also be available at Barnes and Noble and other ebook retailers.

The idea for this book came to me about five years ago.  I was thinking about a couple things I had learned working as a correctional officer in a men’s prison that helped me in my parenting.  The more I thought about it, the more connections I could see.  Who would have imagined that working in that environment would teach me things that I would later use as a parent?  That’s how this book was born.

So I wrote the book, but then I ran into a snag.  It was too short.  I didn’t have any more stories to tell and it was too short.  What could I do?  I “trunked” it which means I stopped working on it and forgot about it for awhile.  Then recently I realized that with the emergence of ebooks people are now publishing shorter works–short stories, novellas, and non-fiction shorts.  I realized it the time for my book had come.

I took it out of the trunk, dusted it off, and updated it.  And ta da!  Here it is for your reading pleasure.

Next week, I will return to our regular “Monday Mitzvah” schedule.  But until then–leaving a review of a book you like is a great act of kindness.  As a reader, I always look at reviews.  Books live or die by reviews.  And authors?  Well, they sweat and fret and hope for good reviews.  So if you read my book and you like it, honest reviews are always welcome.  Other authors welcome reviews too!




  1. I think I’ve read more parenting books than any other specific genre. Searching for help, answers, miracles. I’ve learned there are no miracles, no “answers”, but suggestions, ideas, and directions. This book, of which I’ve read only a small part so far, has a unique approach and practical ideas. I’m excited to compete it. Congratulations Leslie, for the insights and ability to share them in a way that is innovative and attention getting.

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