Gift incarcerated readers with books in subjects commonly requested: dictionaries, how to draw, financial guidance, and true crime.
Four works for $30 (42% off retail)
Following February's campaign (collecting 750 books!) that addressed censorship by highlighting three commonly banned books in American schools (Maus, The Bluest Eye, and An Indigenous People's History of the United States), we get back to our roots with category books that are amongst the most in demand at prisons: dictionaries, drawing guides, finance, and true crime. Every few months we put out a call for dictionaries, and every few months Books Through Bars NYC depletes that supply. Along with comic books, dictionaries are the materials most often asked for by incarcerated readers. Though we are not partial to one version over another, this month we go with the Random House Webster's Dictionary, which has over 75,000 entries. And we encourage anyone with an old mass market paperback dictionary along these lines to drop off at Freebird. They are always appreciated. Guides on how to draw and illustrate also go quickly and we include a variety from a series we have featured before, How to Draw in Simple Steps. A purchase of a bundle will include one from their series: animals, people, flowers, trees, fantasy figures, or cartoons. Financial information too, particularly on the economic system, is often requested, and this time we chose a book with the straightforward title, Money, that breaks down the political and commercial ramifications of currency in easy to understand ways. True crime is a broad category so we decided to choose a work that mixes murder mystery with the terrible consequences of conflict: Patrick Radden Keefe's acclaimed examination of the Irish Troubles, Say Nothing.
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