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Mikita Brottman's "Maximum Security Book Club" offers a surprising look at the classics—and prison life

Mikita Brottman's "Maximum Security Book Club" offers a surprising look at the classics—and prison life

Mikita Brottman, a MICA professor, Oxford scholar, and psychoanalyst, spent four years running a book club for nine prisoners at Jessup Correctional Institution and wrote about her experience, turning her sharp gaze on both the selected literature and the men who read it. The resulting book, "The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men's Prison," is a curiously off-beat exploration of both the classics and prison life.

The book is structured into 10 chapters, representing the 10 books or short stories Brottman read with the men, which ranged from older classics such as "Heart of Darkness," "Bartleby, the Scrivener,"...

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