I Played Prison Football and Lived to Write This

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About John Espinosa Nelson

Once dubbed the “Bookstore Bandit” by the LAPD, native Angeleno and author John Espinosa Nelson learned firsthand about crime when it became his ill-chosen route through the eccentricities of an otherwise law-abiding family. Apprehended shortly after moving on to bank robbery, John served a four-year sentence but made it a time of serious personal growth. His resulting memoir, Where Excuses Go to Die (available everywhere), is an edgy, smart, coming-of-age story that isn't about rape, riots, and rotten food. Though set in a ludicrous place where excuses are everywhere---and worth nothing---it provides a real look at family, personal evolution, and what it takes to “get character or become one.”

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