True Notebooks by 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.

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About Mark Salzman

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Mark Salzman (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The son of a social worker and a music teacher, Salzman grew up in Connecticut and studied Chinese language and philosophy at Yale University. After college, he spent two years in China, learning martial arts from some of China's most renowned teachers, an experience he documented in his bestselling memoir Iron & Silk. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, director Jessica Yu, and their two daughters.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 345 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The author carefully documents his insecurities, his frustrations, and his occasional inability to coax much work or interest—or even civility—from the class, but he also describes in great detail his many successes, most notably a “retreat” that he helps arrange with writing students from other ...

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After asking Duane, a writer friend with knowledge of LA gang culture, if he could recommend any books on the subject, he is invited to visit his friend's writing class at a holding centre in California for youngsters awaiting trial on serious charges, most of whom are "gangbangers" - members of ...

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True Notebooks, by Mark Salzman, is truly a work withpower to change the world.

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