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True Notebooks - A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall

Mark Salzman

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles's most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes-expecting the worst-and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks is an account of Salzman's first years teaching at Central. Through it, we come to know his students as he did: in their own words. At times impossible and at times irresistible, they write with devastating clarity about their pasts, their fears, their confusions, their regrets, and their hopes. They write about what led them to crime and to gangs, about love for their mothers and anger toward their (mostly absent) fathers, about guilt for the pain they have caused, and about what it is like to be facing life in prison at the age of seventeen. Most of all, they write about trying to find some reason to believe in themselves-and others-in spite of all that has gone wrong. Surprising, charming, upsetting, enlightening, and ultimately hopeful-driven by the insight and humor of Salzman's voice and by the intelligence, candor, and strength of his students, whose writing appears throughout the book-True Notebooks is itself a reward of the self-expression Mark Salzman teaches: a revelatory meditation on the process, power, and meaning of writing. From the Hardcover edition.

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles's most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes-expecting the worst-and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks is an account of Salzman's first years teaching at Central. Through it, we come to know his students as he did: in their own words. At times impossible and at times irresistible, they write with devastating clarity about their pasts, their fears, their confusions, their regrets, and their hopes. They write about what led them to crime and to gangs, about love for their mothers and anger toward their (mostly absent) fathers, about guilt for the pain they have caused, and about what it is like to be facing life in prison at the age of seventeen. Most of all, they write about trying to find some reason to believe in themselves-and others-in spite of all that has gone wrong. Surprising, charming, upsetting, enlightening, and ultimately hopeful-driven by the insight and humor of Salzman's voice and by the intelligence, candor, and strength of his students, whose writing appears throughout the book-True Notebooks is itself a reward of the self-expression Mark Salzman teaches: a revelatory meditation on the process, power, and meaning of writing. From the Hardcover edition.
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When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles's most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes-expecting the worst-and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks is an account of Salzman's first years teaching at Central. Through it, we come to know his students as he did: in their own words. At times impossible and at times irresistible, they write with devastating clarity about their pasts, their fears, their confusions, their regrets, and their hopes. They write about what led them to crime and to gangs, about love for their mothers and anger toward their (mostly absent) fathers, about guilt for the pain they have caused, and about what it is like to be facing life in prison at the age of seventeen. Most of all, they write about trying to find some reason to believe in themselves-and others-in spite of all that has gone wrong. Surprising, charming, upsetting, enlightening, and ultimately hopeful-driven by the insight and humor of Salzman's voice and by the intelligence, candor, and strength of his students, whose writing appears throughout the book-True Notebooks is itself a reward of the self-expression Mark Salzman teaches: a revelatory meditation on the process, power, and meaning of writing. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Boehmer

Length:

9h 18m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:25


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:23


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:05


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

10:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

10:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:02


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:05


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:46


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

10:15


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:24