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Meet the Harris County public defender who’s crowdfunding books for her clients

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Meet the Harris County public defender who’s crowdfunding books for her clients
For three years, Amalia Beckner went into work at the crack of dawn, starting her day in an empty public defender's office that was quiet except for the frantic whir of the copy machine. James Baldwin. Zora Neale Hurston. Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ernest Cline. She copied from them all, in bits and pieces. A chapter of Coates' "Between the World and Me." A few pages from Jeff VanderMeer's 2014 novel, "Annihilation." Beckner, a 29-year-old defense lawyer, was on a mission: Bringing books to her clients in the Harris County jail. Without the spare cash to buy new paperbacks for everyone she...
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