Books are worth their weight in gold


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Books are worth their weight in gold. They inspire us, educate, and, sometimes, prevent riots or other self-destructive behavior.

Such book as dictionaries help with crossword puzzles or teach us foreign languages, such as English, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, or Hebrew. There’s this one book entitled Shogun, which tells of Japanese words [and facts]. For instance, I didn’t know women could be Samurai (1140 – 1869). Other things it taught me include (but are not limited to) “please” (dozo) and “thank you” (domo). [The book] paints a possible, seemingly realistic portrait of possible occurrences of Feudal Japan, Britain, Spain, Portugal, and to a lesser degree, Eastern Feudal China. I had to check the binding to check whether it was fiction or non-fiction! I found Shogun very inspiring.

[To the] bookstores [that] insert such reading material between the hands of inmates such as myself –

-Submitted by Michael Joseph Pederson
Dade Correctional Institution, Florida