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Running the Books - The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian-logo

Running the Books - The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

Avi Steinberg

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dustin Rubin

Length:

12h 5m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:21


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:32


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:32


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:11


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:30


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:27


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:22


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:56


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:53


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:59


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:09


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:27


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:27


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:48


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:15


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:21


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:17


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:05


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:18


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:19


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:12


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:23


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:21


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:18


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:51


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

00:27