Books

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In Carpenter Country, we know that not everyone likes to read, but for us a good book adds pizzazz to life.

An outstanding story can fly us to the beach, to the mountains or to a snow-filled valley. If we’re feeling really adventurous, dipping into a foreign intrigue featuring a hero involved in a secret or underhanded scheme will keep us sitting on the edge of the couch all evening.

Well-written history books zing us onto a “bombs bursting in air” battlefield. Or drop us quietly into the halls of government to watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

If a move backward in time fails to inspire, science fiction can spaceport us to distant planets peopled by aliens. Even better, a time capsule can speed us to a weird and wacky future where all problems are solved by the latest scientific invention.

Mysteries inspire our sleuthing skills. Figuring out how to unravel a puzzling crime works better at keeping us awake than a jolt of caffeine. And, when spiked with plenty of dragons, giants and swashbucklers, even kid tales dish-up great adventure.

Books offer community. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the wicked and the wise live on each page. They suffer turmoil, strife, anger and fear. Sometimes they laugh, sometimes they cry. Almost always they make it to a happy ending.

More than one hundred years ago, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned these words: The love of learning, the sequestered nook, and all the sweet serenity of books.

In today’s slanguage–Read On!

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