Running the Books
Publish date: October 19th 2010
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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wow, stunning. aside from a food encyclopedia, the first five-star book in the last fifty books read. (and the food encyclopedia gets its for thoroughness and length rather than absolute quality determination of prose). Avi Steinberg, a Harvard grad who decides to run a prison library in Boston, cre...
With a degree in English from Harvard and few career prospects, the author takes a job as a prison librarian and creative writing instructor at a Boston-area prison. Steinberg's stories range from funny to tragic, and the memoir is most interesting when he sticks to his prison experiences.
I love it. Steinberg has you laughing one minute and sobbing the next. The conflicts of being a prison librarian and knowing the inmates personally as people and not just names are portrayed beautifully. His words not only weave ideas into emotion and he explored questions about himself like anyone ...
This is a memoir of a former prison librarian. Not only it is very interesting as an insider's view of a prison and a place of books and written word in it, but it is also excellently written -- the author, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community but has now become secular(an interesting story i...
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