Running the Books

He is quickly drawn into the community of outcasts that forms among his bookshelves—an assortment of quirky regulars, including con men, pimps, minor prophets, even ghosts—all searching for the perfect book and a connection to the ...

Running the Books

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to attend Harvard, he has nothing but a senior thesis on Bugs Bunny to show for himself. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, Steinberg remains stuck at a crossroads, his “romantic” existence as a freelance obituary writer no longer cutting it. Seeking direction (and dental insurance) Steinberg takes a job running the library counter at a Boston prison. He is quickly drawn into the community of outcasts that forms among his bookshelves—an assortment of quirky regulars, including con men, pimps, minor prophets, even ghosts—all searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. Steinberg recounts their daily dramas with heartbreak and humor in this one-of-a-kind memoir—a piercing exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man's earnest attempt to find his place in the world.

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Running the Books
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Avi Steinberg
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: Anchor

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to attend Harvard, he has nothing but a senior thesis on Bugs Bunny to show for himself. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, Steinberg remains stuck at a crossroads, his “romantic” existence as a freelance obituary writer no longer
The Prison Book Club
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Ann Walmsley
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-10-01 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

When Ann Walmsley was asked to take part in a book club in a men’s prison, she was initially anxious: after a violent mugging a few years before, could she really cope being surrounded by violent criminals? Luckily, curiosity got the better of her, and she signed up for eighteen
The Lost Book of Mormon
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Avi Steinberg
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-10-21 - Publisher: Anchor

Is the Book of Mormon the Great American Novel? Decades before Melville and Twain composed their great works, a farmhand and child seer named Joseph Smith unearthed a long-buried book from a haunted hill in western New York State that told of an epic history of ancient America, a story
The Arts of Imprisonment
Language: en
Pages: 338
Authors: Leonidas K. Cheliotis
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-05 - Publisher: Routledge

The arts - spanning the visual, design, performing, media, musical, and literary genres - constitute an alternative lens through which to understand state-sanctioned punishment and its place in public consciousness. Perhaps this is especially so in the case of imprisonment: its nature, its functions, and the ways in which these
Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals
Language: en
Pages: 166
Authors: Nicole A. Cooke
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-12 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Filling a gap in the existing library and information science literature, this book consolidates recent research and best practices to address the need for diversity and social justice in the training and education of LIS professionals. • Addresses perennially important and emerging hot topics in librarianship, such as diversity, cultural