Puzzles!

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Crosswords, Sudoku, Word Find, Riddles, Mazes...you name it.  Help people keep their minds active and bubbling by keep it engaged.  We are always, ALWAYS in need of these books.  They are in dire demand and people just seem to love them very much.  

Westerns

Yee-haw!  Who doesn't love a good western?  We're talking cowboys, frontiersmen, trappers, the Wild West.  But then there's also mining communities, histories about the Midwest and Rockies.  Early California.  The Gold Rush.  America used to be a very wild place, and there's a mythos surrounding it.  Some prisoners want books that will take them right to that space.  

Automotive / Car-related

Anything car-related.  That means not only information on how to repair, fix, or augment the insides and outsides of a vehicle; but car enthusiast magazines and books that explore the histories and facts about vehicles and their manufacturers.  Pretty much anything dealing with cars, motorcycles and other automotive machines would be appreciated.  

Computer Science / Programming

There is so much to learn in the ways of computer science, and it is so difficult to do that analogue inside of a cell.  Nevertheless, inmates have a lot of time on their hands and an ambition to learn.  There is definitely an incentive to pick up normal programming languages like C, C++, html-5, Python, Ruby on Rails.

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE US VERY OUTDATED BOOKS WITH IRRELEVANT LANGUAGES (we have a ton of those already :D)

But there is also an opportunity to learn things about Interface & Design.

Perhaps use some of these lists as guides:

https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/ch0wt/a_reading_list_for_the_selftaught_computer/

http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/3253/what-books-should-everyone-read

http://www.goodreads.com/genres/computer-science

Hood / Urban Novels (African-American protagonist)

Writers in this category: Sister Souljah, Donald Goines, Walter Mosley, D. D. Bridges, Cortez Law III, Hugh Holton, Karl Bollers, Rudolph Fisher, Ernest Tidyman, Chester Himes, Barbara Hambly, Joe Martin, K'wan, Bobby Rodgers, Silk White, Sa'Rese Thompson, Leo Sullivan, Zane, T. Styles, Tracey Price-Thompson, Danielle Santiago, Wahida Clark, Terry Woods

Writers in this category: Sister Souljah, Donald Goines, Walter Mosley, D. D. Bridges, Cortez Law III, Hugh Holton, Karl Bollers, Rudolph Fisher, Ernest Tidyman, Chester Himes, Barbara Hambly, Joe Martin, K'wan, Bobby Rodgers, Silk White, Sa'Rese Thompson, Leo Sullivan, Zane, T. Styles, Tracey Price-Thompson, Danielle Santiago, Wahida Clark, Terry Woods

Want a better idea of the best Hood / Urban novel selections?  Check out these lists: 

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4770._This_Is_The_Definition_Of_Urban_Fiction_

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/79235.Best_Black_sleuths_Detectives_and_gumshoes

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/263.Good_Urban_Literature

Thin, paperback cookbooks

Inmates are always asking to adapt their skills.  One of the most fluid skills of the service industry an for life is cooking!  We prefer to have a plethora of general cooking skills books and also books catering to specific interests (e.g. Cajun cooking, BBQ, Vegan, etc.).  It's best if they are thin and paperback because big hardcovers end up costing a lot more postage.  Get a cookbook from Grandma you don't need?  I know someone who would love it!!

Inmates are always asking to adapt their skills.  One of the most fluid skills of the service industry an for life is cooking!  We prefer to have a plethora of general cooking skills books and also books catering to specific interests (e.g. Cajun cooking, BBQ, Vegan, etc.).  It's best if they are thin and paperback because big hardcovers end up costing a lot more postage.  Get a cookbook from Grandma you don't need?  I know someone who would love it!!

Super Hero Comics; Manga; Graphic Novels

Superhero comics:  There are tons of requests for comics by prisoners.  Comics are a great way to get casual or non-readers to become engaged with literature and stories because of the association with other worlds and pictures.  Comics are surprisingly complex and deal with huge themes which are quintessential in finding moral or heroic associations with real life.  

Superhero comics:  There are tons of requests for comics by prisoners.  Comics are a great way to get casual or non-readers to become engaged with literature and stories because of the association with other worlds and pictures.  Comics are surprisingly complex and deal with huge themes which are quintessential in finding moral or heroic associations with real life.  

Manga comics are great.  Preferably ones printed in English, though not necessary.  

Manga comics are great.  Preferably ones printed in English, though not necessary.  

Graphic Novels are basically comics, but less about serial issues and more about a one-off narrative.  They are usually a little less about heroes and more about complex, regular individuals; though that's not completely what sets them apart from comics.  Basically, they're comics that adults read and are called something else so that adults can feel they're intelligent when they say the words, "graphic-novel".  But they are children, these adults, and children are all fantastic thinkers when they're reading good stories.  

Graphic Novels are basically comics, but less about serial issues and more about a one-off narrative.  They are usually a little less about heroes and more about complex, regular individuals; though that's not completely what sets them apart from comics.  Basically, they're comics that adults read and are called something else so that adults can feel they're intelligent when they say the words, "graphic-novel".  But they are children, these adults, and children are all fantastic thinkers when they're reading good stories.