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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
IN THE SANCTUARY OF OUTCASTS NEIL WHITE In 1993, Neil White was found guilty of a white collar crime and sentenced to a year in prison in Carville, Louisiana. He was shocked to find that federal inmates were not the only ones housed at Carville; it was also America's last leprosarium (leper colony). After originally avoiding the permanent inhabitants of Carville, whose only crime was to contract leprosy, he gets to know elderly Ella, an inmate who had been at Carville since she was 12 years old. The advice that she gives him is the catalyst for a life-changing transformation. A wonderful book that reminds you that it is what you do, not what people think of you, which really matters. 'federal inmates were not the only ones housed at Carville, it was also America's last leprosarium'