The Resource Running the books : the adventures of an accidental prison librarian, Avi Steinberg

Running the books : the adventures of an accidental prison librarian, Avi Steinberg

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Running the books : the adventures of an accidental prison librarian
Title
Running the books
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the adventures of an accidental prison librarian
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Avi Steinberg
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Adventures of an accidental prison librarian
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eng
Summary
From the Publisher: Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn't cutting it. Seeking direction-and dental insurance-Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison. The prison library counter, his new post, attracts con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. There's an anxious pimp who solicits Steinberg's help in writing a memoir. A passionate gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titled Thug Sizzle. A disgruntled officer who instigates a major feud over a Post-it note. A doomed ex-stripper who asks Steinberg to orchestrate a reunion with her estranged son, himself an inmate. Over time, Steinberg is drawn into the accidental community of outcasts that has formed among his bookshelves-a drama he recounts with heartbreak and humor. But when the struggles of the prison library-between life and death, love and loyalty-become personal, Steinberg is forced to take sides. Running the Books is a trenchant exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man's earnest attempt to find his place in the world while trying not to get fired in the process
Summary
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 outside world
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autobiography
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367489
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DLC
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Steinberg, Avi
Dewey number
  • 027.6/65092
  • B
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Steinberg, Avi
  • Prison librarians
Target audience
adult
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the adventures of an accidental prison librarian
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Running the books : the adventures of an accidental prison librarian, Avi Steinberg
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part 1: Undelivered -- 1: Up & up and low low -- 2: Books are not mailboxes -- Part 2: Delivered -- 3: Dandelion polenta -- 4: Delivered -- Prologue -- Acknowledgments
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9780385529099
Lccn
2010004829
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Running the books : the adventures of an accidental prison librarian, Avi Steinberg
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1: Undelivered -- 1: Up & up and low low -- 2: Books are not mailboxes -- Part 2: Delivered -- 3: Dandelion polenta -- 4: Delivered -- Prologue -- Acknowledgments
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9780385529099
Lccn
2010004829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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