True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman

True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall

Book Title: True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375727612

Release Date: 2004-08-31

Author: Mark Salzman


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In 1997 Mark Salzman, bestselling author Iron and Silk and Lying Awake, paid a reluctant visit to a writing class at L.A.’s Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for violent teenage offenders, many of them charged with murder. What he found so moved and astonished him that he began to teach there regularly. In voices of indelible emotional presence, the boys write about what led them to crime and about the lives that stretch ahead of them behind bars. We see them coming to terms with their crime-ridden pasts and searching for a reason to believe in their future selves. Insightful, comic, honest and tragic, True Notebooks is an object lesson in the redemptive power of writing.