Danielle Steele and My Big Mouth

Several days into my sentence, I walked into the prison library looking for a book. I was in desperate need of a quiet place to read, and I wanted to get started on some of my other prison goals. Specifically, I was looking for some of those “How to for Dummies” books or perhaps a book to assist me in my quest to become fluent in a foreign language. It should not have been a surprise that this was prison, and not the County library, so the selection was not as complete as one would think. In fact, most books are donated or left behind by inmates who have completed their term, transferred, or thrown in the “hole” (prison vernacular for the Special Housing Unit aka “the SHU” aka solitary confinement). As I perused the selection, I noticed a very large collection of Danielle Steele books, larger in fact than Tom Clancy and John Grisham combined. Without thinking, I exclaimed, “What the heck??? (or something to that effect :>)—I am working on that as well)—I thought this was a men’s prison! Who in the heck is reading all this Danielle Steele?” Looking around the room for agreement and a few chuckles, I was stunned to find…silence. In fact, everyone in the library was staring at me with disapproval, and it wasn’t because I wasn’t whispering. I quickly exited the library, embarrassed at my lame attempt at humor, and returned to the unit. While walking down the “boulevard” (the walkway separating the cubicles) I noticed several guys lying in their racks (military term for bed) reading, who would have thought, none other than Danielle Steele. #lessonlearned #prisonromantics #intellectualporn #stereotypesarefordummies

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  1. Hello. I hope that I am doing this right. Please let me know. I got the card.

    On Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 2:26 PM My Redshirt Year in Prison wrote:

    > scribe09 posted: ” Several days into my sentence, I walked into the prison > library looking for a book. I was in desperate need of a quiet place to > read, and I wanted to get started on some of my other prison goals. > Specifically, I was looking for some of those “How to for ” >

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  2. Hahahaha!! It totally serves you right! LOL! I used to read a lot of Danielle Steele, but grew past it…once they start reusing the same storyline over and over, I’m done. VC Andrews is probably another “best seller” in the library!

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  3. Perhaps it’s the comfort and remembrances of love and human contact that one needs to keep connected to ones humanity that fuels the desire to read such books/writers. IJS. On the other hand, they’re great books that break the monotony of all the other BS. 😘

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  4. I have read a few Danielle Steele books. Sadly, I could not tell you what the titles are. I remember they were decent reads and kept my mind off whatever happened to be going on at the time; better than some other authors I have slogged through over the years. I should send you a copy of Wicked by Gregory Maguire. So far, in my opinion, it is the only good book I have read by him. Sadly, his follow up book Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was not as good (still unfinished after too many years owning it). I don’t remember liking VC Andrews “Flowers in the Attic.” Hey, you could have walked in and seen shelves filled with the whole Harlequin Romance catalog.
    My only question is, “What?! No Harry Potter books?”

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    1. Harry Potter! Now you’re talking! Of course, all of them are not equally as good as the first, but they’re entertaining and imaginative. That’s good in my book—pun intended. 😘

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