"This wonderful memoir is about a prison library, but it’s also about love, religion, Shakespeare, murder, the human condition and Ali G. This is a book for everybody who loves books — felons and non-felons alike."
—A. J. Jacobs, bestselling author of "The Year of Living Biblically" and "The Guinea Pig Diaries
“Imagine Kafka as a prison librarian — which may not be such a bad description of Kafka — and you get some idea of the joys this book delivers. Steinberg's profound susceptibility to both absurdity and pathos makes "Running the Books" one of the best memoirs I’ve read in a long while.”
—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of "36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction"
""Running the Books" reads like a cross between Dante's "Inferno," Isaac Babel's "Red Cavalry," and HBO's "The Wire "— a narrative rife with moral compromises, power games, and moments of redemption. As he navigashow more