Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: March 2009

Duration: 7 hours 50 minutes


Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.

In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.


  • Debra Q

    Great read. Amazing what tricks your eyes and ears.

  • Liza

    Picking Cotton is a wonderful book and an amazing story, it is also important that everyone should read. It is a true and scary story, how we cannot believe our own eyes, how we cannot trust our memory, how even if we are really trying to pay attention to every detail we can get it wrong, and why we should be careful not to rely only on eye witnessing in court. Many innocent people are wrongly convicted all around the world by eye witnesses, people that really and truly believe that they saw the crime happening in front of them. And they are wrong, and innocent people pay the price, the price of freedom, away from their family, their friends, with years that are getting lost. Ronald Cotton spent 11 years in jail because Jennifer Thompson wrongly identified him as her rapist. But this is a bigger story, it is a story about two huge souls, two kind people that were able to forgive an impossible forgiveness. And it seems not real, and that makes the book even more facsinating.

Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

by Erin Torneo, Ronald Cotton, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

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Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption, Erin Torneo, Ronald Cotton, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino