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005    20160906090023.0 
008    160602s2016    nyua          000 0 eng d 
010    bl2016023419 
020    9780062384331 
040    NjBwBT|beng|erda|cNjBwBT|dUtOrBLW 
092    028.55|bBRO 
100 1  Brottman, Mikita,|d1966-|eauthor. 
245 14 The maximum security book club :|breading literature in a 
       men's prison /|cMikita Brottman. 
250    First edition. 
264  1 New York, NY :|bHarper, an imprint of 
300    xxix, 230 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm 
336    text|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|2rdamedia 
338    volume|2rdacarrier 
520    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.  
650  0 Book clubs (Discussion groups)|zMaryland. 
650  0 Prisoners|xBooks and reading. 
650  0 Prisoners|xEducation. 
650  0 Prisons|zMaryland. 
1 hold on first copy returned of 1 copy
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