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My favorite book, Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, arrived in the mail today. I gave a new copy to a student at the end of the spring semester, and even though I hadn’t read it in years, I was sure the student would enjoy it.

Because I hadn’t read the book for quite some time, and because I have time to read now, I ordered the book (I had borrowed it from the library the first time I read it). I’ll probably start reading it again right after I post this.

This post is not a book review, though. My intent is to spread word about the merchant I ordered it from: a company from Boston called More Than Words.

The bottom of the packing slip says, “More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.”

It sounded good—but as I used to teach my journalism students, “If your mother says she loves you, confirm it from a second source.” So I went online and found a link to a story in the Boston Business Journal. Here’s an excerpt:

As Executive Director Jodi Rosenbaum describes it, More than Words is a hybrid social enterprise. The mission is about helping at-risk youth — many in the foster care system, some homeless — find their way. The bookstore is the vehicle.

The youth who work for More than Words range in age from 16 to 21 and earn minimum wage to start. They are required to follow two basic paths during their employment. The “business job” means they sort and source books, organize inventory, fill orders and respond to customer service inquiries, among other tasks.

The “you” job means each one develops an education plan, applies for college, writes resumes and generally maps where he or she is going in life. They typically work for More than Words for nine months, but the organization supports them during the following two years.

“This isn’t just a job. Young people can find just a job,” said Rosenbaum. “You have to want more for your future.”

As for the book, I got what I thought was a great price on a book in a condition that was just as the website said it was.

Oh, one more thing: As I said, the book arrived today. I ordered it four days ago.

If you buy used books, please consider buying from More Than Words.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 30th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
Great to know! I have been ordering new books (when I order them, that is) from author Ann Patchett's independent Nashille bookstore, Parnassus Books at www.parnassusbooks.net. But I love this idea, and will definitely check it out!
Jul. 31st, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
That is an amazing company with admirable priorities that should be more present in our world.
Aug. 2nd, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the information. I went over and explored their site - impressive. I'll keep them linked so I can check them first for purchases.

Enjoy your book.
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