Maybe the public is more interested in us than we realized. Earlier this year, This Book is Overdue brought media attention to libraries in the digital age. Before that, Dewey brought small-town libraries to best seller lists.

Now, it’s prison librarians’ turn. In today’s NYT, Dwight Garner reviews Running the Books, saying,

[Steinberg’s] memoir is wriggling and alive — as involving, and as layered, as a good coming-of-age novel.

The author was also interviewed  on NPR’s Talk of the Nation yesterday and Laura Miller gave the book a thoughtful review on Salon on Monday.

The book is now up to #413 on Amazon’s sales rankings, putting it ahead of  most of the National Book Award nominees.

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Avi Steinberg
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese – (2010-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0385529090 / 9780385529099

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