Voice’s Jennifer Gonnerman Named Finalist for National Book Award


Village Voice staff writer Jennifer Gonnerman’s book, Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett, was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction yesterday.

Life on the Outside tells the story of Elaine Bartlett, who spent 16 years in prison under New York’s controversial Rockefeller drug laws, and the challenges she faced re-entering the free world.

The other nonfiction nominees were Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age; David Hackett Fischer, Washington’s Crossing; Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; and the 9/11 Commission, The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

Life on the Outside at

Review of Life on the Outside by Mark Holcomb in The Village Voice