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Author Brottman, Mikita, 1966- author.

Title The maximum security book club : reading literature in a men's prison / Mikita Brottman.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
1 hold on first copy returned of 1 copy
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  028.55 BRO    AVAILABLE
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Description xxix, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary On sabbatical from teaching literature to undergraduates, and wanting to educate a different kind of student, Mikita Brottman starts a book club with a group of convicts from the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland. She assigns them ten dark, challenging classics—including Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Poe’s “The Black Cat,” and Nabokov’s Lolita—books that don’t flinch from evoking the isolation of the human struggle, the pain of conflict, and the cost of transgression. Although Brottman is already familiar with these works, the convicts open them up in completely new ways. Their discussions may “only” be about literature, but for the prisoners, everything is at stake. Gradually, the inmates open up about their lives and families, their disastrous choices, their guilt and loss. Brottman also discovers that life in prison, while monotonous, is never without incident. The book club members struggle with their assigned reading through solitary confinement; on lockdown; in between factory shifts; in the hospital; and in the middle of the chaos of blasting televisions, incessant chatter, and the constant banging of metal doors.
Subject Book clubs (Discussion groups) -- Maryland.
Prisoners -- Books and reading.
Prisoners -- Education.
Prisons -- Maryland.
ISBN 9780062384331
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