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GENERAL NONFICTION: Animals in our lives

nonfiction on pets and other animals


A lion called Christian book A lion called Christian

Bourke, Anthony.
599.757 BOURKE

A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. When Christian became too big to be a pet, he was flown to Kenya and placed under the expert care of “the father of lions” George Adamson. Incredibly, when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions.

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Alex & me : how a scientist and a parrot discovered a hidden world of animal intelligence-- and formed a deep bond in the process book Alex & me : how a scientist and a parrot discovered a hidden world of animal intelligence-- and formed a deep bond in the process

Pepperberg, Irene M. (Irene Maxine)
636.6865 PEPPERB

This story of Alex, 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.

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Betty & friends : my life at the zoo book Betty & friends : my life at the zoo

White, Betty, 1922-
636.0889 WHITE

America's sweetheart, impassioned lifelong animal welfare advocate, and bestselling author White offers intimate and funny stories about her animal friends at the zoo, "Betty & Friends" is the passion project she has been working on for more than a decade--a love letter to zoos and to the animals in them.

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Born to bark : my adventures with an irrepressible and unforgettable dog book Born to bark : my adventures with an irrepressible and unforgettable dog

Coren, Stanley.
636.755 COREN

A charming new memoir by psychologist and beloved dog expert Stan Coren of his relationship with an irrepressible gray Cairn terrier named Flint. Stan immediately loved the pup for his friendly nature and indefatigable spirit, though his wife soon found the dog’s unpredictable exuberance difficult to deal with, to say the least.

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Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world book Dewey : the small-town library cat who touched the world

Myron, Vicki.
636.8092 MYRON

The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

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Following Atticus : forty-eight high peaks, one little dog, and an extraordinary friendship book Following Atticus : forty-eight high peaks, one little dog, and an extraordinary friendship

Ryan, Tom.
796.522 RYAN

Ryan tells how he and his dog named Atticus M. Finch attempted to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice to pay tribute to a friend who died of cancer and raise money for charity.

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Fowl weather book Fowl weather

Tarte, Bob.
636.0887 TARTE

In Bob Tarte's home, pandemonium is the order of the day, and animals literally rule the roost. This menagerie, along with his endlessly optimistic wife, Linda, provides daily lessons on the chaos inherent in our lives.

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Izzy & Lenore : two dogs, an unexpected journey, and me book Izzy & Lenore : two dogs, an unexpected journey, and me

Katz, Jon.
636.7374 KATZ

Humorous and deeply moving, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, family, and faith. Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans.

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Making rounds with Oscar : the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat book Making rounds with Oscar : the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat

Dosa, David.
362.1756 DOSA

When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little cat with attitude. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near.

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Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog book Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog

Grogan, John, 1957-
636.7527 GROGAN

The story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

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