Category Archives: Book Requests

An Unusual Request

Pirate letterWe received this fun letter requesting “Pirate stories” and after much searching, a volunteer in the book room found the perfect match–a book by Nicholas Walton about the rise and fall of a merchant pirate superpower!


Book Request – Solitary Prisoner Requests Writing


I hope and pray that upon receipt of this request that all is well. I extracted your information from the PEN Handbook For Writers In Prison resource booklet.

I am interested in receiving a copy of the National Prisoner Resource List booklet. I am also interested in any books you have to offer, with respect to writing poetry – rhyme, rhythm, meter: short stories – foreshadowing, characters, creativity or English grammar. I am an avid and published writer of poetry and short stories.

I thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. Enclosed is a donation of five stamps, a token of my appreciation. Excuse my penmanship I am currently in the SHU special housing unit and the flimsy flexible plastic pens are quite difficult to write with.



Sheldon, New York

Book Request – GED Course for Prisoner in Solitary

Dear PBP:

First I am of a 10th grade level and desire a GED. I am six years in solitary confinement; therefore, I can only achieve a GED via a mail course. Please help me in finding a way to accomplish this.

Writing and art are my interests. And I am in need of a variety of books to which I shall list in order of desire. Thus giving many options to see what is available. These are

  • Hobby pen and ink art, color pencil art
  • Social science
  • Psychology

Thank you for your time and dedication to our cause.

Michael, Louisiana

Book Request –Free Markets and Capitalism

Thank you for your Prison Book Program. It is good to know there are people out there who realize we inmates have value and worth. I am curious about your organization, how it works and what I need to do. First a little about myself.

I was raised in a large family and was taught early on to work hard and accept responsibility for myself. Unfortunately, I am currently incarcerated. However I am trying to use my time here to improve myself. I hope to rejoin society soon with a better appreciation of freedom and personal responsibility.

There is a small library here on the present compound as well as the local library where we can send a written request for books. More often than not they do not have the specific book I requested.

As I stated earlier I am trying to use the time here in a positive manner. As a result, I have reignited areas of interest. I’ve read books on Unitarianism, conservative philosophy, free markets and capitalism. I formed a discussion group here, and we meet weekly to talk about current affairs. This has improved my mind and interpersonal skills.

I have been able to read Wealth Of Nations by Adam Smith, Democracy In America by Alexis de Tocqueville as well as other more recent publications on free trade and economics.

Most of the more recent books always seem to refer to secrets in books that are often quoted – The Road To Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek, Capitalism And Freedom by Milton Freedman and Free To Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman. I have tried unsuccessfully to obtain or borrow these books.

I would be extremely grateful if you could send me any or all of the aforementioned tiles. Of course they do not have to be new. Used or shopworn copies would be more than adequate. I would donate them to the prison library after I read them.

I appreciate your organization. Thank you for your time consideration with request. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you!

Robert, Pennsylvania

Book Request – Legal Primer More Useful Than Some Books

We the People Legal Primer

We the People Legal Primer

Dear Prison Book Program,

I got a look at a copy of your Legal Primer today and in those few pages I got more useful information than I have in some books.  I have been down for over 15 years and I am an inmate representative always looking for information for the population and the law library that is affordable as well as knowledgeable.  Could I ask you to send me a copy of “We The People” along with a copy for the prison library?

Larry, Montana