Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

ISBN-10: 0385529090
ISBN-13: 9780385529099
Edition: 2010
Authors: Avi Steinberg
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Description: In the tradition of A. J. Jacobsrs"sThe Year of Living Biblically, a hilarious immersion memoir of one lapsed Orthodox Jewrs"s stint as a prison librarian. A few years after graduating from Harvard, Avi Steinberg is stumped. While his friends are  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

In the tradition of A. J. Jacobsrs"sThe Year of Living Biblically, a hilarious immersion memoir of one lapsed Orthodox Jewrs"s stint as a prison librarian. A few years after graduating from Harvard, Avi Steinberg is stumped. While his friends are getting married and getshy;ting promoted, Steinberg has grown dissatisfied with the insushy;larities of his upbringing, from the Orthodox Jewish sense of "chosenness" to his Ivy League education, its secular countershy;part. Anxious to shed the ideologies of his background, and seeking direction, Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison. Hers"s about as far from his comfort zone as he can get. Steinbergrs"s new quarters attract a crowd of quirky regulars seeking connection with the outside world, among them an amiable pimp who solicits Steinbergrs"s help in writing his memoir, an industrious gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titledThug Sizzle, a tyrannical officer who instishy;gates a major altercation over a Post-it note, and an ex-stripper who asks Steinberg to orchestrate a reunion with her estranged son when he unexpectedly shows up behind bars. Over time, Steinberg creates a unique community for these outcasts and forms unlikely personal relationships, which he recounts with heartbreak and humor. His experience leads him to a deeper sense of purpose and turns him into the person that a yeshiva never could. Running the Booksis a trenchant exploration of prison culture and a refreshingly entertaining tale of one young manrs"s earnest attempt to find his place in the world. From the Hardcover edition.

AVI STEINBERG was born in Jerusalem and raised in Cleveland and Boston. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Review of Books, Salon, and other publications. From the Hardcover edition.

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