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In this third book in Harper's "Letters" series, the actor offers incarcerated men words of advice and inspiration. His previous book, Letters to a Young Brother, was named Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Known for starring on CSI: NY and Covert Affair, Harper continues his "Letters" series (Letters to a Young Brother; Letters to a Young Sister) by advising inmates who have corresponded with him. His theme is from civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin -Chavis's quote "When you are incarcerated, don't just serve time; make time serve you." Horrified by the number of young African Americans who are in prison, Harper felt he had to offer guidance and messages of hope for men and women behind bars. He suggests excellent resources, such as where to seek grants for education and how to prepare to reenter society, as well as contact lists. The "Owner's Manual" section, an outline of how to become successful, is a highlight. VERDICT Prison libraries and libraries that provide services to jails and/or corrections facilities should consider purchasing several copies, as this self-help book is designed for them. Because of its limited appeal, it is an optional purchase for public libraries. [See LJ 11/1/13, "African American Experiences: 50 Titles for February 2014."]-Michael -Sawyer, Pine Bluff, AR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.