Running the Books
the adventures of an accidental prison librarian
In this captivating memoir, Steinberg, a Harvard grad and struggling obituary writer, spends two years as a librarian and writing instructor at a Boston prison, attracting con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the ... Read More »
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Could not complete this, wait no I couldn't get past the first 3 chapters. The content was interesting, but the actual writing was done by loooong lists in even loooonger sentences. This was a repetitive them throughout the chapters I read and was so distracting I could not get past it.
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" ... It was a prison library, the library for the bad guys. The beauty of this job, if there was beauty, was in giving people like C.C. [a pimp writing his memoir] a shot to do something right and do it well. To remind them that they're more than criminals, if they choose to be. In practice, this turns out to be harder and more complicated than it sounds. When we first met I had asked why he wrote with such fervor. He didn't think for a second. "The truth?" he'd said, leaning in close and whispering. "It's because I'm homeless." That wasn't pimp talk. ..." [p. 348]
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