Freebird book drive for NYC Books Through Bars
While NYC Books Through Bars operating out of Freebird's basement is currently limiting in-person volunteering and drop offs due to COVID-19, book requests continue to pour in from prisons around the country: nearly 300 per week. In response to the challenges of accepting those donations during the pandemic, we have started a monthly program in which specific, in-demand titles can be purchased through Freebird at a discount.
Following September's drive spotlighting an array of pocket reference titles--450 books collected!--we take inspiration from the first of the fall holidays and pick works of horror and science (both speculative and groundbreaking)--subjects frequently requested by incarcerated readers. Spook is bestselling author Mary Roach's investigation into the human soul and where it eventually goes, according to the leading scientists, schemers, engineers, and mediums all trying to prove (or disprove) life after death. Einstein's Cosmos is an exploration and explanation of the greatest discoveries made by Einstein, from another theoretical physicist who is no slouch himself: Michio Kaku. And we round it out with the cautionary tale of science-gone-wrong, the monster tale of all monster tales and the progenitor of literary horror: Frankenstein.
Spook, Einstein's Cosmos, Frankenstein
Freebird's October 2021 picks include three books that are spooky and science-y: Mary Roach's Spook, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Michio Kaku's Einstein's Cosmos
Please note that these books will be sent to NYC Books Through Bars to fulfill requests from incarcerated readers at prisons nationwide.
PLEASE NOTE that the books purchased through Freebird are ones that will be delivered directly to Books Through Bars so that they can fulfill requests from incarcerated readers.
Looking for a book for yourself? Check out our page at Bookshop.org, including lists of recommended reads from Piper Kerman, Victoria Law, Albert Woodfox, Victor LaValle, Mat Johnson, and others!
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