Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Running the Books

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg

From the publisher: Not long after defecting from yeshiva and barely graduating from Harvard, Avi Steinberg is stumped. 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 amiable pimp who solicits Steinberg’s help in writing a memoir. An industrious gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titled Thug Sizzle. A disgruntled officer who instigates a major feud over a Post-it note. An 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.

Running the Books is a trenchant personal 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.
This book is publishing 10/26/2010 by Nan A. Talese (Random House).


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds like something I'd like...hope you enjoy it!

Here's mine:

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TheBookGirl said...

Wow this sounds like a great book!
Thanks for highlighting it :)

Heather said...

I've seen this one mentioned before... it looks like an excellent read!

Please stop by my pick:

Lori said...

I hope you get your book and that you enjoy it. Check out what I am Waiting on Wednesday for.