Running the Books
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Hilarious and harrowing. A great book.
A Slice of American Pie: Boston's South Bay Prison
Truly a great read! Steinberg invites you into Boston's South Bay library in a way where you almost forget if you're a fellow colleague or a recently booked inmate. I fell in love with the characters - not simply inmates or criminals, but individual people, with individual desires, experiences, pasts, and futures, a part of the larger, American story - thanks to Steinberg's writing. Highly recommend this memoir.