If you're stuck in a cell — and in legal limbo — for an undefined period that might be forever, what do you do? You read, of course.
The library at the
The collection of books and periodicals available to the 166 remaining prisoners has now grown to several thousand. Charlie Savage, a
The images are haunting and tinged with ironies. There’s an Arabic copy of the nonfiction book “News of a Kidnapping,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which relates the story of several men and women held in tiny cells by a Colombian drug cartel.
A photograph contributed to the site by Carol Rosenberg of
Young adult fiction fills up many shelves at the library, apparently. There's a complete set of Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, and several copies of the Louis Sachar novel "Holes," which relates a story set in a youth detention facility. There are also comic books (lots of "Captain America") and children's books, including an Arabic version of a book in the "Magic School Bus" series.
Many of the detainees have been held without trial for more than a decade. An impasse between the Obama administration and