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Reading is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women's Prisons 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0807833520
ISBN-10: 0807833525
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One of the strengths of the book is Sweeney's desire and ability to listen and to be transformed through the listening. . . .A necessary and unique contribution.--Fellowship magazine



Sweeny's material is accessible because of her writing style and her ability to give voice to women prisoners…--Magill's Literary Annual



Sweeney amplifies voices that are rarely heard and contributes understanding and thought from which ideas for the future can be drawn.--Make/Shift



Riveting. . . . Reading is My Window is not just a stellar example of the history and ethnography of reading--though it is that. It is also a point of entry into a world with which many Americans have no direct contact. . . . This book represents terrifically important scholarship and compelling, passionate activism, and it deserves a wide readership among people who care about books, and people who care about racism, political economy, justice, social change, and citizenship in the United States.--Books & Culture



The reader will have encountered the intense humanity, the human-ness, of the women in Sweeny's humane study and know how much we all need books and reading in our lives.--SHARP News



An interesting and provocative read. . . . Serves as a call to action.--Feminist Review



Break[s] significant new ground. . . . A most original scholarly work. . . . [Sweeney's] research method and analysis are meticulous; the book is enlivened by the frank and often surprising remarks of her subjects.--Women's Review of Books



Putting bias aside, Sweeney listens carefully while women explain what the books . . . mean to them.--The Christian Century



The readership of this book will be far and wide.--Fellowship of Reconciliation



In Sweeney's narrative, the autonomy and strength of prison women compel attention and respect. . . . Recommended.--Choice



This important book represents a significant contribution to interdisciplinary research focused on women prisoners' reading habits and attempts at self-education and improvement.--Library Journal

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What Sweeney does best is to show how various kinds of stories enable women to tell more powerful stories about themselves. As women cherry-pick, rejecting one story line or plot for another, they construct identities with a wider scope, imagining themselves as actors and agents, rather than only guilty victimizers and victims. This book makes a significant contribution.--Rena Fraden, author of Imagining Medea: Rhodessa Jones and Theater for Incarcerated Women



Difficult, inspiring, and probably the most important book on reading you will have read in a long time. Meticulously and compassionately researched, it shows us what extraordinary things women prisoners do for themselves and for each other through reading. They helped Megan Sweeney write a book you will remember. A stunning achievement.--Avery Gordon, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807833525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807833520
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,766,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is transformational in illustrating an indisputable argument for the vital-ness of reading, regardless of genre, "literary-ness" or some other such mainstream qualification for "quality literature" and "quality reading." Meg Sweeney paints an authentic portrait of the reality that it is the act of reading itself, not necessarily what we read, that transforms us from deep within. As a librarian, I can attest that she does a great job calling librarians to task to be honest about our professional mission of promoting lifelong learning, ensuring equitable access and advocating fearlessly for intellectual freedom, for ALL whom we serve. A must read for all educators, for everyone.
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Insightful and Real. This book opens the door to the truth of what women endure through abuse and society's denial. Reading is crucial. See for yourself.
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Good book. Not one that you need to read front to back
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