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Books are Wondrous Things

With the words of a good author, they can take you on adventures you never thought possible or live life through another's eyes and experiences. With this thought in mind here are three books about Freemasons available from the Circulating Library.

This year continues the bicentennial of explorers Meriwether Lewis & William Clark exploration (1803-1806) of the Louisiana Purchase. The Journals of Lewis and Clark (B/L675/L675) begins with President Thomas Jefferson's instructions to Lewis on the undertaking of this trip to gather plant and animal samples and survey this new and uncharted territory and ends with their return to St. Louis in Sept. 1806. In between both men write of their encounters with Indians, wild animals, fur traders, the wonder & excitement of seeing new lands and the tedium of being far from home.

Quite a few readers are familiar with Rudyard Kipling's The Man who would be King in either its book or film version. It's the tale of two 19th C. Englishmen who convince tribesmen in the wilds of the Himalayas that they are God incarnate come to rule them and succeed for a time. This story makes for entertaining fiction but Josiah Harlan, Pennsylvania Freemason and Quaker, lived a life that would be the envy of Daniel Dravot and Peachey Carnehan. Ben Macintyre tells of Harlan's life and adventures in The Man who would be King: the first American in Afghanistan (B/H28355/M1525). He leaves this country in 1799 at the age of twenty-two after a failed romance and spends the next twenty years in Central Asia employed as a surgeon for the Maharaja of Punjab, revolutionary agent for the exiled Afghan King and commander-in-chief of the Afghan armies.

Outer space is often thought of as the last frontier and what better way to explore it than with John Glenn: a memoir (B/G558/G558), America's first astronaut to orbit Earth. John Glenn tells of his early years in New Concord, Ohio, his military career during W.W. II and Korea as a Marine fighter pilot, the early days of space exploration, his time in the U.S. Senate and his last space flight in 1998. In his memoir, Glenn tells of the men and women he met along the way, fought with in battle and inspired him to work and serve his country.

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