books we stand by

Share the book you stand by!

Books We Stand By
Tattered Cover
Hope Homes

At Remerg, we believe books are part of re-entry to the community.

In collaboration with Tattered Cover Book Store and Words Beyond Bars, a book program that ran for ten years inside Colorado prisons, we invite you to join our online book community Books We Stand By.

Anyone connected to the re-entry community is invited to share the book you stand by. The first five people who submit a video each month will receive a gift certificate from Tattered Cover Book Store!

Many thanks to Chris Meeks, owner of Hope Homes, for being the founding underwriter of Books We Stand By. Thank you as well to Karen Lausa, founder and director of Words Beyond Bars, shown below describing the book she stands by.

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The Choice by Edith Eger

Karen Lausa, founder of Words Beyond Bars, explains why The Choice is a book she stands by.

The Republic by Plato

Cameron Lundstrom, founder of NAS Recovery Solutions, describes the importance of The Republic to his development as a person.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Hannah Seigel Proff describes why A Lesson Before Dying is a novel she stands by and has read at several critical junctures of her own life.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Elie Zwiebel describes The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and why he finds the book continually inspirational as well as a book he stands by.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Kristen Nelson describes Just Mercy and why this book means so much to her.

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A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.

- Franz Kafka