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True Notebooks - A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall-logo

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

Length:

5h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:08


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:59


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:54


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:21


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:16


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:35


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:45


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:30


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:50


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:32


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:51


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:15


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:36


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:42