For those faced with a struggle, Captain James Arruda Henry's story is nothing short of inspirational.
The 98 year old retired lobsterman has become a first-time author, having written and published his autobiography after learning to read at the incredible age of 91.
And his manuscript, entitled ' In a Fisherman's Language', even has Hollywood calling.
Mr. Henry's granddaughter, Marlisa McLaughlin, told the station how he used tricks, like waiting for others to order at restaurants first, or asking waiters how much he owed at restaurants, to avoid the issue.
A family dispute in his 90s, she said sparked his initiative reclaim his education.
'He signed a document he could not read about where he was going to go live,' Ms McLaughlin said, declining to offer further detail.
And then, after hearing about George Dawson, a son of slaves who learned to read at age 98 and went on to write a book of his own, entitled 'Life Is So Good' at age 101-Mr Henry took up reading