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True Notebooks

(2003)
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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.



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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 1-4395-5170-7 / 978-1-4395-5170-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-09-18
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August 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: True Notebooks: A Writer's Year At Juvenile Hall (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 1-4176-6203-4 / 978-1-4176-6203-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: True Notebooks
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 0-7475-7130-9 / 978-0-7475-7130-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: True Notebooks
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 0-375-41308-1 / 978-0-375-41308-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 0-375-72761-2 / 978-0-375-72761-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: True Notebooks
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 0-7475-7131-7 / 978-0-7475-7131-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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January 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: True Notebooks
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 0-9654391-5-1 / 978-0-9654391-5-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: ALFRED A KNOPF
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Audio Editions

December 2003 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: True Notebooks
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 0-7366-9501-X / 978-0-7366-9501-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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October 2003 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Author(s): Mark Salzman
Publisher: Books on Tape
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September 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: True Notebooks
Author(s): Mark Salzman
ISBN: 0-7393-0713-4 / 978-0-7393-0713-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio Voices
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Author(s): Mark Salzman
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon CA