Book Review: Picking Cotton

The only thing that would’ve made the book Picking Cotton any better would have been if the true story had taken place in Alabama where we actually grow cotton. I was attracted to the title at the bookstore sidewalk sale because of its title, imagining some great fictional southern tale. What I found, though, was much better.

Cotton is a man’s last name, a man who spent 12 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit all because he was the one “picked” in the police lineup. Get the title now?

A woman was raped, and in the distressful moments that followed she made a mistake. Her mistake cost an innocent man a huge chunk of his life. But the greatest part of this story is the redemption and reconciliation that later takes place between accuser and accused.

This book is a good choice if you like true crime stories with happy endings. It’s also a quick and easy read, told in a back-and-forth first-person format.


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