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    (PDF) Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Running the Books by Avi Steinberg is subtitled The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian On the surface it's an interesting look at how the author spent two years as a librarian in one of Boston's prisons Avi Steinberg was an obituary writer and had no previous training or experience as a librarian He answered a want ad and the next thing he knew he had landed an interview But this book is about far than that It is a poignant exami

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    (PDF) Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian I loved this book I couldn't help it It didn't matter that I was constantly asking myself uestions about exploitation about who has the right to tell what stories and about the boundaries between fact and fiction Although if you know me you know I have few problems with the latterBut ultimately I loved Running the Books f

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    FREE DOWNLOAD Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Avi Steinberg ¶ 1 FREE READ (PDF) Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Running The Books by Avi Steinberg is one of those titles that stands out as very different from what I am known for reading No zombies or vampires here However it does take the reader inside prisona concept I AM familiar withAs somebody familiar with the prison environment I'm always interested in the mythology that swirl

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    Avi Steinberg ¶ 1 FREE READ FREE DOWNLOAD ì SJMEDIA.CO ¶ Avi Steinberg FREE DOWNLOAD Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian I will say this – the author has a masterful way of making fun of the Boston accent sometimes accurate sometimes not so much Very creative though – I'll give him that Was really disappointed by this book Okay this is going to be very long and spoiler alerts etc Read this book with interest since it was about the prison library at the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston or South Bay South Bay repla

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    Avi Steinberg ¶ 1 FREE READ (PDF) Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Friends and readers of my book reviews all know my main interests in life apart from my family Judaism and books I don’t know if it comes across as clearly but I also have a long standing and deep interest in poverty and solutions to it So when I learned of this memoir in which an ex yeshiva student becomes a librarian and creative writing teacher in a prison I knew I had to check it out The book has some minor apikorsos Jewish heresy an

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Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

FREE READ × Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Avi Steinberg ¶ 1 FREE READ 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. Great book The best book I ve written all year The Polaris Protocol 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 Immigrants in Our Own Land Poems librarian in a tough Boston prison  The prison PLI Structured Programming library. Great book The best book I ve written all year

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FREE READ × Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Avi Steinberg ¶ 1 FREE READ 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 . I will say this the author has a masterful way of making fun of the Boston accent sometimes accurate sometimes not so much Very creative though I ll give him that Was really disappointed by this book Okay this is going to be very long and spoiler alerts etc Read this book with interest since it was about the prison library at the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston or South Bay South Bay replaced the facility which was located on Deer Island an island in Boston Harbor adjacent to my town of Winthrop by road Also in the mid 90 s I worked for a women s nonprofit agency that ran several substance abuse and re entry programs for incarcerated and post release women I was an assistant trying to raise funds and awareness and sometimes just trying to get our contractors including the Suffolk County Sherriff s Dept to pay us so our meager payroll would not bounce I took many trips out New Market Suare where the Dancing Deer bakery was based to pick up RFPS at South Bay the Greater Boston Food Bank and 1010 Mass Ave a state admin building There is also a shopping center nearby on the border with Dorchester called South Bay they have a Target Had a lot of technical issues with this book I don t really think the author did enough homework or he s taking a lot of literary license here A lot of time he seems to refer to the prison or the bay and the guards in the context of being a state facility even though it is a county jail I think mostly I found objectionable the use of CO for Corrections Officer but sorry state DOC guards are not guards at South Bay and I m sure a lot of folks are growling at this author for lumping them in together as drones poles among other things To note the counties here in Mass are merging with other entities to save money both short and long term therefore their employees are fighting to be grandfathered in for benefits and retirements which are going to be downgraded if not already Since I m Jewish via intermarriage and would have been literally stoned by the author during his hard core days of Orthodox yeshiva study in the West Bank I m wondering what the heck the pinnacle event or epiphany was that had him turn away not just from fanaticism but the whole enchilada of his religion because he never really said ifwhy this happened to him Repeats that he fled to Harvard befriending a pseudo hippie wild child only to write about Bugs Bunny and get high Then he was a Boston Globe Metro reporter and gave up that gig for obits Yeah I don t think Torah or the Talmud was the problem perhaps hitting a little too much of the 420 Yet he kept the Orthodox definitions of Judaism all through the book He s like an addict thumping the loudest he can he s says he s a former Yeshiva boy well I don t buy it He sounds just like what he says he turns away from because the only Jewish definitions are the Orthodox ones and he never acknowledges that because to the Orthodox the rest of the Jews aren t really Jews I don t care how much weed he s smoked he s still singing to the same choir he says he rails againstThe sympathy he feigns for the inmates I m not buying it either His whole spiel about how no one could get his name right actually protecting him made me ill His interest in the Jewish drug addict from the suburbs was the kicker His attempts to weave both his Jewish faith and the history of Sylvia Plath left me cold Winthrop is a town not a residential neighborhood Plath lived here as a child then moved to Wellesley Johnson Ave where one of my dearest high school friends lived doors down from the former Plath house and blocks away from my house is on the bay side of the harbor no where near the Deer Island we are in the Centre section of town the island and the former jail are located off Point Shirley or our neighborhood called the Point The old town cemetery where indeed Mr Plath is buried is also located in the Centre part of our town Plath s poem Point Shirley like all poetry is open to interpretation Plath s images of Yirrell Beach the Point beach are spot on and themes about her grandmother and her death well I respectfully disagree the imagery is directly connected to the former jail The author said he made a few field trips but I take issue There is a sewage treatment plant on Deer Island and a few other county administrative buildings There is a walkbike path around the perimeter open to the public which faces mostly open ocean and is windy And the guard booth is not Victorian there is a camera that takes your picture and mails you a ticket if you violate the gate Also the former Charles Street Jail I believe predates the dates he gave although I agree the whole concept of the boutiue Liberty Hotel I find creepy They left the baring walls with the solitary wall slits in the restaurant and personally would not want to sleep thereThe author says he took the job at the library because he needed an option of health insurance but then was plagued by problems by the stress of the job Yet the author had no sympathy only disdain for the trainer from the Sherriff s Dept who uite tragically told the trainees as a coping mechanism he gave himself a little treat from the stress or implied PTSD of the job his divorce and life in general by having a little piece of cake each nightI found this book to be an opportunity to have a single vehicle for publishing my story and strikingly similar actually to The Devil Wears Prada Perhaps he can compare notes with that author at all those literary cocktail parties He should make a few brookahs to ask for forgiveness for blatantly using all these people both the inmates and his former colleagues and see how that goes Yes being careful getting down off my soap box now

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FREE READ × Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian Avi Steinberg ¶ 1 FREE READ Counter his new post attracts con men minor prophets ghosts and an assortment of uirky 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. I loved this book I couldn t help it It didn t matter that I was constantly asking myself uestions about exploitation about who has the right to tell what stories and about the boundaries between fact and fiction Although if you know me you know I have few problems with the latterBut ultimately I loved Running the Books for purely personal reasons I volunteered as a tutor in a men s prison when I was an Ivy League undergrad It didn t give me all the answers and it didn t give me the right to talk about prison as if I knew anything about it It s about a smart guy okay but he ain t smart in the right way see Just cause you think about something a lot don t mean you know anything about it Maybe you went to rabbi school or you re an imam or whatnot but that don t mean you know shit about no damn prunesWhat it did give me was the ability to read this book in Smell O VisionAnother time recently I took a job because it seemed like the right thing to do It took me very far outside my comfort zone It was a positive negative experience I learned a lot and it changed me for the better but it was also the worst year of my life As a footnote while I was interviewing for a similar job elsewhere in Chicago my interviewer asked me this pretty much verbatimLet s be serious now How do you feel about black folks Ever spent time with black peopleBack to the job I did take where the interviewers only asked me about my previous job experience It gave me mysterious psychosomatic ailments It was bad for my emotional health It was a goldmine of stories but was it worth it I think it was but I m still not sure Reading about Avi Steinberg s back pains I felt an itch of recognition on my stomach where I repeatedly broke out in hives throughout my mixed bag of a yearAnd then there was thisIt was at these moments that I realized I hadn t undergone any training That this was my training Avi comes into contact with another world and he doesn t leave the city where he s lived for years He starts recognizing people in the Boston Globe homicide lists I haven t recognized anyone in similar Chicago Tribune articles but others have He measures the distance between his apartment and the corner where one of the men he got to know in prison is ultimately shot and it measures only 34 miles He talks about crossing over from one world to the next on that drive home One night after a dinner I dropped one coworker in Little Village and another in East Garfield Park before driving home to Lincoln Park The borders were invisible but obviousMy dad is always laying down nuggets of wisdom like Geography is destiny One of the inmates who works for Avi in the library puts it this wayYou can change where you re going but not where you re fromMostly as much as I loved this book as a semi directionless over educated woefully ignorant reluctant do gooder I wondered how he decided which stories to tell And when The presentation was rambling and at times openly flouted chronological order Did he pick the stories he did because he thought they most deserved to be told Because they were tailor made for telling Because he thought his readers would get something out of them Because he thought we needed to hear themI turned to the Sylvia Plath section In light of what happened I was seriously considering suspending it indefinitely From my perspective the shelf has served a simple practical function making a popular writer accessible More access access this is the credo of a library But maybe I was doing a disservice contributing to the death cult in elevating Plath to a special shelf Perhaps as a prison librarian who served a vulnerable population I had a responsibility to not only connect people to books but also to protect them from some as wellThe idea bothered me Who was I to decide what books another person should read Censorship was not my job And yet how could I sleep at night knowing that I had a special section for Ariel with these lines from the poem Cut What a thrill My thumb instead of an onion The top uite gone Except for a sort of hinge Of Skin I am ill I have taken a pill to kill The thin Papery feeling But just because Ariel was art didn t make it any less dangerous in fact it made it potentially far so I had women in my library who were borderline cases cutters suicide junkies who might turn to Plath as an oracle of self annihilation Maybe I had a responsibility to shield them from this poem Or perhaps reading the poem could help them in some way Maybe I should teach the poem Or maybe it wasn t my business either way None of this was obvious to meIt s a tale as old as time and no less poignant because of it Who gets to be in charge of information And is it fair to make these predictions about what people will do with itMy reservations about this book are real but I loved it No one could have predicted that

  • Hardcover
  • 399
  • Running the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
  • Avi Steinberg
  • English
  • 10 April 2020
  • 9780385529099