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True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall

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When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks is an account of Salzman’s first years teaching at Central. Through it, we come to know his students as he did: in their own words.

At times impossible and at times irresistible, they write with devastating clarity about their pasts, their fears, their confusions, their regrets, and their hopes. They write about what led them to crime and to gangs, about love for their mothers and anger toward their (mostly absent) fathers, about guilt for the pain they have caused, and about what it is like to be facing life in prison at the age of seventeen. Most of all, they write about trying to find some reason to believe in themselves—and others—in spite of all that has gone wrong.

Surprising, charming, upsetting, enlightening, and ultimately hopeful—driven by the insight and humor of Salzman’s voice and by the intelligence, candor, and strength of his students, whose writing appears throughout the book—True Notebooks is itself a reward of the self-expression Mark Salzman teaches: a revelatory meditation on the process, power, and meaning of writing.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The author of the best-selling Iron & Silk shares his experiences working with kids in Central Juvenile Hall, a jail for kids located near Los Angeles, assisting them with their writing. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Chronicles the author's first year teaching at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles's most violent teenage offenders.

About the Author

Mark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, an account of his two years in China; Lost in Place, a memoir; and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the filmmaker Jessica Yu, and their daughter, Ava.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Somebody — Just say no — Gentlemen — Trip to the museum — Collision — Here I am — Lockdown — Dream state — Arcana — Prisoner or pumpkin — Feeling special — Mother's day — Played — Day of creation — Busted — Happy birthday — Family life — Two-face — Send in the clowns — Buster — No mercy walls — Window tappers — Man I was supposed to be — Thanks, hate — Father's day — Letter — Dear friend.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307429841
Subtitle:
A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Salzman, Mark
Author:
Mark Salzman
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Rhetoric
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Language Arts
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Creative writing
Subject:
Creative writing -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - Urban
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
352

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Education » Classroom Resources
History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
Reference » Writing » General

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Product details 352 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307429841 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of the best-selling Iron & Silk shares his experiences working with kids in Central Juvenile Hall, a jail for kids located near Los Angeles, assisting them with their writing. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Chronicles the author's first year teaching at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles's most violent teenage offenders.
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