Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian

Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian

?A fascinating look into a world many of us never see, and a powerful story about one woman?s journey to find her own strength, with a clear message of the importance of books and information for all.? ?Booklist (American Library Association), starred review In December 2008, twentysomething Jill Grunenwald graduated with her master?s degree in library science, ready to ?A fascinating look into a world many of us never see, and a powerful story about one woman?s journey to fi...

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Title:Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian
Author:Jill Grunenwald
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:342 pages pages

Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian Reviews

  • Cari
    Apr 29, 2019
    Absolutely loved this book. Review to come in Booklist. ...
  • Megan Palasik
    Jul 08, 2019
    I read this book in 3 days, which is quite the feat for me! It was hard to put down. Jill writes an easy to read narrative of her adventures as a newly minted librarian working in a prison. Her style is conversational, as if you are sitting over coffee and updating a friend on your l...
  • Effy
    Dec 26, 2019
    2.5 Stars ...
  • Kellie
    Oct 07, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book but I felt like at times (a lot if times) her stories were padded with words. The topic, while interesting, was covered very flatly. I nearly snapped the book shut twice when she described in detail how she was wheeling a cart with punch on it in great...
  • Alexandra Robbins
    May 14, 2019
    There is not enough literature representing librarians ? the guardians of books ? or the incarcerated, who are under constant guard. Grunenwald amiably gives voice to both in an important, interesting memoir that celebrates the liberating power of literature and the right to the fr...
  • Elizabeth
    Aug 12, 2019
    Kept my interest and I learned a bit about prisons. A little too much profanity out of the librarian?s mouth. Could have done without that and it certainly wasn?t necessary at getting the point across. Proof reading was lax throughout, but to a small extent. I thought it was fun...
  • Emmy
    May 06, 2019
    What a fascinating book! When I first picked this up, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I've read books about prison experiences before, including Behind the Gates of Gomorrah and The Maximum Security Book Club, but I think this was my favorite. Perhaps it was because the story ta...
  • Jock
    Jan 03, 2020
    A friend recommended this book because she knew I volunteered at a prison book club. "Reading Behind Bars" has its moments, especially in the latter half, but I would not recommend purchasing it at $34.99 Canadian. Why? It's a combination of problems: overstated drama that is insuffici...
  • Kelly K
    Aug 30, 2019
    As a public librarian, I found this surprisingly tame. We've had all of these characters in and more on a daily basis without a panic button or correctional officer at our beck and call. When I worked at our main branch directly down the road from the police station, it would still tak...
  • Kelly Magro
    Nov 14, 2019
    Satisfied my curiosity of what a prison librarian's job might entail. Interesting behind the scenes look at a low security prison. Definitely not a page turner and was slow and boring in a lot of areas. I wanted more from this. ...
  • Anna
    Dec 04, 2019
    Getting through this memoir was a bit like taking a long hike through a bog. I mostly enjoyed this interesting and personal look at one woman?s experience during her short(20 month) but memorable stint as a prison librarian. I thought her voice was authentic to a woman of her age, an...
  • Hayley
    Dec 16, 2019
    I hope this book leads more people to donate to and support prison library programs. ...
  • Neelam Babul
    Aug 13, 2019
    I love reading and every time I see the words book, library, book club, reading I have to read that book. Jill writes an impressive narrative of her role as a librarian working in a prison. At the beginning of each chapter, the reader is given an example of a prison rule in place f...
  • Allison Carmola
    May 14, 2019
    Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this advance copy. I enjoyed this book. Full disclosure, I am a librarian so I like reading about librarians, but I do think this book has a wider appeal. It starts a little slow, and especially near the beginning there were things about the...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Jul 10, 2019
    Review math: . 5 for the prison library topic 3 for the actual writing 2 for the voice . Overall = 3.3333 and worth reading if you are a MAJOR library nerd like me and want any library memoir you can get your hands on. If you only ever want to read ONE book about libraries, ...
  • Elliot
    Dec 31, 2019
    I provide library service in NYC's jails, so I was eager to read this book. But DAMN, this was...not good. It read slightly better than a first draft, so a long way from what a polished, published book should be. Given that the publisher is Skyhorse, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. ...
  • Jason Braatz
    Sep 20, 2019
    Fun read! The author is a librarian with the benefit of being able to write quite well. The author states up front that it's written as a memoir, but I believe a better description would be to describe it as a collection of smaller stories about a woman's recent 2-year journey as a ...
  • Carol Brite
    Aug 17, 2019
    I was looking at my library's new book list and this was book caught my interest. I also have a library degree and actually considered working in a prison library at one point. Although I did not end up in a prison library, this book gave a look at what I might have experienced. I thou...
  • Deborah
    Jul 29, 2019
    It was a bit repetitive. And there were numerous errors missed by proofreaders. But it was an interesting subject that held my interest. ...
  • Lesley
    Jul 14, 2019
    Hard to finish, to be honest. The content was fine, but the writing style was irritating in that it definitely felt written from the perspective of someone who hadn't had a friend/loved one incarcerated or done enough anti-oppression self-work to effectively build a class/race narrativ...
  • Joscelyn
    Aug 18, 2019
    I love libraries and have thought when I grow up (aka retire) I want to be a librarian. Therefore I was curious to read about an aspiring librarian who's first job is within a prison. To be honest I didn't realize prisons had libraries. Grunewald, or Ms G provides insight into what it ...
  • Myra Rodriguez
    Dec 19, 2019
    This is an extremely information book and quite easy to read, yet I did not finish this book. I love Orange is the New Black and Oz, so this book's title appealed to me. It shared a realistic view of prison life without all the drama that is needed in making a show but with from a uniq...
  • Melinda
    Apr 12, 2019
    The author describes the ins and outs of life in prison from an unlikely place- the prison library. For these inmates, the library is more than a place with books, it?s a haven. This book is an easy read that?s both enjoyable and thought provoking, and one fact is very clear throug...
  • Chrissy
    Aug 02, 2019
    4.5 stars! I loved hearing Jill's experiences at the library and related to her love of both books and organization sooo much. This book made me want to change my major to library science! The reason it isn't five stars is because I had a hard time sometimes when reading about her pers...
  • Tonya
    Jan 19, 2020
    A light, nicely written, easy-to-read memoir. There is a bit of language and discussion of situations found in prisons. ...
  • Jenna
    Jun 10, 2019
    I found this to be an incredibly enthralling read. I read almost all of it over the course of a weekend. I simply couldn?t put it down. I'm a big library nerd. I've always been pretty active in my own libraries. One of the first steps I take when moving to a new town is getting my...
  • Christina Autumn
    Sep 04, 2019
    Read a hundred pages. I'll read anything about libraries, but the author is a poor writer and she's obnoxious. I would love to read a book on this topic by someone else! ...
  • Heather
    Aug 25, 2019
    When I read the synopsis of the book trying to determine if it was worth checking out at the library (irony), I had thought it would be more about a real human experience with these inmates. Instead, I felt like I was just reading about someone's job, like, literally, anyone could writ...
  • sonja Kreshel
    Nov 01, 2019
    Awful. Skip it ...
  • Jill MacRae
    Nov 03, 2019
    Egad it was bad. The writing and editing are appalling. The whole book has the tone of a "what I did on vacation" essay. The author claims to have advanced degrees in writing yet her style offers no grounds to believe this. Some of the anecdotes she relates that show errors in judgemen...