Monday, February 23, 2015

Similar but Different

I listened to "Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian" by Avi Steinberg on Overdrive via Chicago Public Library.  I liked this one as an audio book because of the different slang and accents.  I could have probably read it faster in print but it was entertaining while I was knitting.  While it is another prison book for me this year it is not the same as "Orange is the New Black".  Avi Steinberg is not a prisoner, he works in the prison library.  The book brings up interesting questions about working in a prison and trying to form relationships with prisoners.  Can you be their friend?  How do you not lose your humanity but still keep yourself safe in an environment that can become violent at any moment?  Plus Steinberg weaves in his Jewish education and upbringing and compares and contrasts his life with that of the people he comes in contact in the prison.  This was a good memoir and similar to "Orange is the New Black" raised issues about how a society handles people who break the law.

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