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what matters most. Depending on no one but yourself, and believing that what you consider a drawback is your greatest strength, is a compelling notion, one that can be taught by books. Books have inspired thousands of readers and have improved their self-esteem though words. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into you as life, place yourself in the full center of that flood, then you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment.” Reading The Book Thief and the Life of Pi will teach you that when you have lost everything, you can find yourself and even in the darkest times, you can rely on the strength of your arms to get you through the hardest times in your life. Eleanor & Park will teach you that even when society deems you unfit and awkward you can find true love and belong to someone complete- ly. The Help will make you see the world in a completely different way and let you imagine a world where people were humiliated and looked down upon every day in their lives and they still found the cour- age to survive and fight back for their humility, respect and self worth. Books can help you find the lost courage. You might have lost your faith, fighting through the battles of life, but books can make you believe in hope again. 52