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In the Sanctuary of Outcasts - A Memoir

Neil White

Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children. A child psychologist suggested it. "Words like prison and jail conjure up dangerous images for children," she explained. But it wasn't camp . . . Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved-nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothes. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community-but his bank account couldn't keep up. Soon White began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to serve eighteen months in a federal prison. But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy. Hidden away for decades, this small circle of outcasts had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. It is here, in a place rich with history, where the Mississippi River briefly runs north, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, that White's strange and compelling journey begins. He finds a new best friend in Ella Bounds, an eighty-year-old African American double amputee who had contracted leprosy as a child. She and the other secret people, along with a wacky troop of inmates, help White rediscover the value of simplicity, friendship, and gratitude. Funny and poignant, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is an uplifting memoir that reminds us all what matters most.

Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children. A child psychologist suggested it. "Words like prison and jail conjure up dangerous images for children," she explained. But it wasn't camp . . . Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved-nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothes. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community-but his bank account couldn't keep up. Soon White began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to serve eighteen months in a federal prison. But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy. Hidden away for decades, this small circle of outcasts had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. It is here, in a place rich with history, where the Mississippi River briefly runs north, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, that White's strange and compelling journey begins. He finds a new best friend in Ella Bounds, an eighty-year-old African American double amputee who had contracted leprosy as a child. She and the other secret people, along with a wacky troop of inmates, help White rediscover the value of simplicity, friendship, and gratitude. Funny and poignant, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is an uplifting memoir that reminds us all what matters most.
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Daddy is going to camp. That's what I told my children. A child psychologist suggested it. "Words like prison and jail conjure up dangerous images for children," she explained. But it wasn't camp . . . Neil White, a journalist and magazine publisher, wanted the best for those he loved-nice cars, beautiful homes, luxurious clothes. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community-but his bank account couldn't keep up. Soon White began moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. His world fell apart when the FBI discovered his scheme and a judge sentenced him to serve eighteen months in a federal prison. But it was no ordinary prison. The beautiful, isolated colony in Carville, Louisiana, was also home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured by leprosy. Hidden away for decades, this small circle of outcasts had forged a tenacious, clandestine community, a fortress to repel the cruelty of the outside world. It is here, in a place rich with history, where the Mississippi River briefly runs north, amid an unlikely mix of leprosy patients, nuns, and criminals, that White's strange and compelling journey begins. He finds a new best friend in Ella Bounds, an eighty-year-old African American double amputee who had contracted leprosy as a child. She and the other secret people, along with a wacky troop of inmates, help White rediscover the value of simplicity, friendship, and gratitude. Funny and poignant, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts is an uplifting memoir that reminds us all what matters most.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Taber Burns

Length:

8h 33m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

05:13


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

13:10


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

08:03


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

07:57


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

08:11


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

04:41


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

12:38


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

07:11


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

06:31


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

10:28


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

05:10


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

06:31


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

11:28


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

02:15


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

08:33


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

09:32


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

02:14


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

10:04


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

05:31


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

08:27


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

06:12


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

07:41


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

08:51


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

02:27


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

08:45


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

07:20


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

04:22


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

08:57


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

05:01


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

03:41


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

08:32


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

05:20


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

07:32


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

10:56


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

06:39


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

02:22


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

11:45


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

01:29


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

08:35


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

04:23


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

08:24


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

08:30


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

05:24


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

03:17


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

04:43


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

04:54


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

08:15


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

02:40


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

03:20


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

06:38


Part 4, Chapter 50
Part 4, Chapter 50

04:10


Part 4, Chapter 51
Part 4, Chapter 51

04:00


Part 4, Chapter 52
Part 4, Chapter 52

05:31


Part 4, Chapter 53
Part 4, Chapter 53

05:18


Part 4, Chapter 54
Part 4, Chapter 54

06:35


Part 4, Chapter 55
Part 4, Chapter 55

04:35


Part 4, Chapter 56
Part 4, Chapter 56

03:11


Part 4, Chapter 57
Part 4, Chapter 57

11:57


Part 4, Chapter 58
Part 4, Chapter 58

02:44


Part 4, Chapter 59
Part 4, Chapter 59

04:49


Part 4, Chapter 60
Part 4, Chapter 60

08:37


Part 4, Chapter 61
Part 4, Chapter 61

07:09


Part 4, Chapter 62
Part 4, Chapter 62

08:11


Part 4, Chapter 63
Part 4, Chapter 63

03:26


Part 4, Chapter 64
Part 4, Chapter 64

03:32


Part 4, Chapter 65
Part 4, Chapter 65

05:10


Part 4, Chapter 66
Part 4, Chapter 66

09:50


Part 4, Chapter 67
Part 4, Chapter 67

06:45


Part 4, Chapter 68
Part 4, Chapter 68

01:49


Part 5, Chapter 69
Part 5, Chapter 69

09:06


Part 5, Chapter 70
Part 5, Chapter 70

04:36


Part 5, Chapter 71
Part 5, Chapter 71

01:43


Part 5, Chapter 72
Part 5, Chapter 72

03:35


Part 5, Chapter 73
Part 5, Chapter 73

01:49


Part 5, Chapter 74
Part 5, Chapter 74

06:13


Part 5, Chapter 75
Part 5, Chapter 75

07:24


Part 5, Chapter 76
Part 5, Chapter 76

01:48


Part 5, Chapter 77
Part 5, Chapter 77

02:28


Part 5, Chapter 78
Part 5, Chapter 78

04:08


Part 5, Chapter 79
Part 5, Chapter 79

02:20


Part 6, Chapter 80
Part 6, Chapter 80

13:20


Part 6, Chapter 81
Part 6, Chapter 81

05:52


Part 6, Chapter 82
Part 6, Chapter 82

00:56