The author, Avi Steinberg answers an ad for a prison librarian and he gets the job. This is his story. He gets the job and spends two years working at the Boston prison getting to know the inmates, the officers, and the various assortments of con men, pimps, prostitutes, and other prisoners that come in to use the library.
You don’t really hear too many people talking about their dream to become a prison librarian just as you don’t hear too many people talking about their dream to be a prisoner. But it happens, sometimes accidentally and both stories are very interesting. I like how the author shares the stories of these prisoners’ struggles and dreams as well as his own struggles trying to figure out the purpose of the prison library and the role he plays in that setting.