Running the books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

Book Cover
Average Rating
Language:
English
More Details
ISBN:
9780385529099
9780307876430
Also in This Series
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID7244f89b-a17f-cb03-d839-3d493ba860e2
Grouping Titlerunning the books the adventures of an accidental prison librarian
Grouping Authorsteinberg avi
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-12-14 07:26:43AM
Last Indexed2019-12-14 07:43:22AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorAvi Steinberg
author_displayAvi Steinberg
available_at_catalogCameron Village Regional
West Regional
collection_catalogBiography
detailed_location_catalogCameron Village Regional - Biography
West Regional - Biography
display_description

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
format_catalogBook
eAudiobook
format_category_catalogAudio Books
Books
eBook
id7244f89b-a17f-cb03-d839-3d493ba860e2
isbn9780307876430
9780385529099
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:5382014763593Cameron Village Regional - BiographyB STEIN1falsefalseOn ShelfCAM
ils:5382014594353West Regional - BiographyB STEIN1falsefalseOn ShelfWRL
ils:5382014594356Cameron Village Regional - BiographyB STEIN1falsefalseOn ShelfCAM
ils:5382014594352West Regional - BiographyB STEIN1falsefalseOn ShelfWRL
ils:5382014594357West Regional - BiographyB STEIN1falsefalseOn ShelfWRL
overdrive:5a803b01-51b7-49de-af48-bbb7d306880e-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books2falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenAvailable Online
last_indexed2019-12-14T12:43:22.362Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_catalogB STEIN
owning_library_catalogWake County Public Libraries
owning_location_catalogCameron Village Regional
West Regional
primary_isbn9780385529099
publishDate2010
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:538201BookBooksFirst edition.EnglishNan A. Talese, [2010]pages ; cm.
overdrive:5a803b01-51b7-49de-af48-bbb7d306880eeAudiobookAudio BooksEnglishPenguin Random House Audio Publishing Group2010
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:5382014763593On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
ils:5382014594353On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
ils:5382014594356On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
ils:5382014594352On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
ils:5382014594357On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
overdrive:5a803b01-51b7-49de-af48-bbb7d306880e-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetPrison librarians -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Biography
Steinberg, Avi
title_displayRunning the books : the adventures of an accidental prison librarian
title_fullRunning the Books The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Running the books : the adventures of an accidental prison librarian / Avi Steinberg
title_shortRunning the books
title_subThe Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Nonfiction
Prison librarians
Religion & Spirituality
Sociology
Steinberg, Avi