Celebrate your furry loved ones with these great tales!
Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World / Vicki Myron with Bret Witter.
Dewey was left abandoned as a kitten on the coldest night of the year stuffed in the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library in Iowa. He won the heart of Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him, and for the next 19 years he charmed the people of Spencer.
Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat / Gwen Cooper.
A pet rescue volunteer and literacy outreach coordinator describes her relationship with a three-pound blind cat whose daredevil character and affectionate personality saw the author through six moves, a burglary, and the healing of her broken heart.
All Creatures Great and Small / James Herriot.
A country veterinary surgeon in Yorkshire describes the joys and trials of his profession and recalls his early career and experiences with his unique clientele.
The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood / Sy Montgomery.
An ardent nature lover and author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community that gave her an anchor to family and home.
How Dogs Love Us / Gregory Berns.
A media-cited Emory University neuroscientist recounts his painstaking efforts to overcome administrative and behavioral hurdles to train his dogs to sit still during an MRI scan and gain insights into the active canine brain, an effort that produced compelling evidence about canine empathy and the human-dog bond.
Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs / Jennifer Finney Boylan.
The best-selling author of She’s Not There, New York Times opinion columnist and human rights activist offers a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.
Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond / Alexandra Horowitz.
In thirteen thoughtful and charming chapters, Our Dogs, Ourselves affirms our profound affection for this most charismatic of animals—and opens our eyes to the companions at our sides as never before.
Alex & Me / Irene M. Pepperberg.
The story of a famous African Grey parrot documents his thirty-year relationship with his trainer and the ways in which his life has changed scientific understanding about language and thought.
When Harry met Minnie / Martha Teichner.
The Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent describes how she adopted a dying friend’s Bull Terrier as a companion to her own, forging unexpected heartwarming and heartbreaking bonds along the way.
Pit bull / Bronwen Dickey.
Describes how the loyal and affectionate dog breed that once earned presidential recognition for their roles on the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne and appeared in films and TV, became demonized and stigmatized through urban dog-fighting rings.
Catwise / Pam Johnson-Bennett.
Top feline behavior expert (and author of Penguin’s bestselling Think Like a Cat and Cat vs. Cat) answers the 150 questions most often asked by puzzled cat owners.
The Dragon Behind the Glass / Emily Voigt.
A tour of the world of the endangered Asian arowana, or “dragon fish,” describes the violence, expense, cultural beliefs, and sophisticated smuggling operations surrounding its illegal possession, tracing the author’s years-long quest in search of surviving populations
When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.
Travels with Charley / John Steinbeck.
Author John Steinbeck was 58 when he set out to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years. With his elderly French poodle, Charley, he embarked on a quest across America, from the northermost tip of Maine to California’s Monterey Peninsula. Traveling the interstates and the country roads, they stopped to smell America: trucker and strangers, old friends and new acquaintances. Steinbeck’s poignant, perceptive reflections reveal the American character: a blend of unexpected kindnesses and racial hostilities, loneliness and humor.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating / Elisabeth Tova Bailey.
Bedridden and suffering from a neurological disorder, the author recounts the profound effect on her life caused by a gift of a snail in a potted plant and shares the lessons learned from her new companion about her the meaning of her life and the life of the small creature.