You Can't Win

You Can't Win

Book - 2013
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You Can't Win is the beloved memoir written by criminal hobo Jack Black and first published in 1926 (Macmillan). It tells the story of one man's life during the final, dying days of America's Wild West. Black offers up thirty years' worth of personal tales of being an outlaw, cross-country stick-up man, home burglar, petty thief and opium fiend. Perfect for anyone who loves the idea of an outlaw life or who simply relishes in true grit Americana, You Can't Win combines memoir, how-to notes and philosophy into a tale of conscience, motivations, habit and the vagaries of chance.
Publisher: Port Townsend, WA : Feral House, [2013]
Edition: Updated edition
ISBN: 9781936239610
Branch Call Number: 364.1092 B62a2
Characteristics: 317 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: You cannot win


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May 10, 2018

I will probably always scramble for words to describe this epic. Though I can say for sure that it will be the first book I'm going to recommend to anyone, for the foreseeable future.

Frightening, surreal, very very real, heart breaking and shocking, adventurous and humorous - all with moral lessons tucked away on the shadows of this underground while told in the voice of your older, kindly neighbor. Feelings and words are everywhere.

It wasn't until I reached the end that I noticed the text at the very bottom of the publication page: "Prisoners can receive this book by sending $10.00 to A.K. Press at the Oakland address noted above." A knot shot right to my throat and it's going to be a while before it goes away.

Jul 03, 2017

Great book, with Canadian references ( author was flogged in the BC Pen' ). Sorry for spoiler!

Mar 13, 2017

Loved this book. I felt like I was there living that crazy but thrilling life in a time long gone and never to return.

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