January 2020 - Animals = Love!

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Year in Reading 2020 is an online only reading challenge for ages 12 to adult. Explore all that the Great River Regional Library has to offer in this year-long challenge as you explore a new topic each month with activities that help you learn and expand your mind. Who knows, you may find a few new favorites! Register and log at https://griver.beanstack.org/ or on the free Beanstack Tracker app. Learn more about Beanstack.


James Herriot
Description: An English veterinarian reminisces about his life, career, and animal patients in a small village.
Call Number: 636.089 Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal
Description: What separates your mind from that of an animal? Is it the ability to design tools; a sense of self; or the grasp of past and future? In recent decades these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, offering a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we've underestimated their abilities for too long.
Call Number: 591.513 Waa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
Description: The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.
Call Number: 636.8 Myr
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
David Rosenfelt
Description: David Rosenfelt's "Dogtripping" is an account of his cross-country move from California to Maine, and the beginnings of a dog rescue foundation.
Call Number: 636.7088 Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Bob Tarte
Call Number: 636.0887 Tar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Helen Macdonald
Description: "As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals"--Dust jacket of a previous printing.
Call Number: LP 598.944 Mac
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Susan Wilson
Description: Adam March is a self-made 'Master of the Universe.' He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting - until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam's sister has been missing for decades. That she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind. And that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation in favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose. Adam is escorted from the building. He loses his job. He loses his wife. He loses the life he's worked so hard to achieve. He doesn't believe it is possible to sink any lower when he is assigned to work in a soup kitchen as a form of community service. But unbeknownst to Adam, this is where his life will intersect with Chance. Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull. He's been born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where he is kept between fights. But Chance is not a victim or a monster. It is Chance's unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam. What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other - in ways they never could have expected.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Brian Jacques
Description: The hero of this enthralling tale is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey.
Call Number: J FIC Jac
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Hal Herzog
Description: "A maverick scientist who co-founded the field of anthrozoology offers a controversial, thought-provoking, and unprecedented exploration of the psychology behind the inconsistent and often paradoxical ways we think, feel, and behave towards animals"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 304.27 Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Sara Baume
Description: "It is springtime, and two outcasts -- a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life -- find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small, seaside town suddenly takes note of them, falsely perceiving menace where there is only mishap; the unlikely duo must take to the road"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Craig Childs
Call Number: 590 Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Andy G. Schneider, Brigid McCrea
Description: Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard.
Call Number: 636.5 Sch 2017
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Adele Brand
Description: The fox. For thousands of years myth and folklore have celebrated its cunning intelligence. Today the red fox is nature's most populous carnivore, its dancing orange tail a common sight in backyards. Yet who is this wild neighbor? How do we negotiate this uneasy new chapter of an ancient relationship? Join Adele Brand on a journey to discover the surprising secrets of the fabled fox, the familiar yet enigmatic creature that has adapted to the human world with astonishing--some say, unsettling--success.
Call Number: 599.775 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
David Wroblewski
Description: A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.
Call Number: LP FIC Wro
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
Description: "A life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice, The Travelling Cat Chronicles shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy. We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts... With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe... With his crooked tail--a sign of good fortune--and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Ari
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Vaseem Khan
Description: "On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries. The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant. As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought. And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz
Description: Two creatures, the end result of experiments in genetic engineering and enhanced intelligence, escape from a government laboratory and bring either doom or a touching new kind of love to those they encounter.
Call Number: FIC Koo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Karen Joy Fowler
Description: Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
Call Number: FIC Fow
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 2, 2020
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: January 2020 - Animals = Love!
All Creatures Great And Small
James Herriot
636.089 Her
Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
FIC Bau
Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?
F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.) Waal
591.513 Waa
The Animal Dialogues : Uncommon Encounters In The Wild
Craig Childs
590 Chi
Dewey : The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched The World
Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
636.8 Myr
The Chicken Whisperer's Guide To Keeping Chickens : Everything You Need To Know... And Didn't Know You Needed To Know About Backyard And Urban Chickens
Andy G. Schneider, Brigid McCrea
636.5 Sch 2017
Dogtripping : 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, And 3 Rvs On Our Canine Cross-country Adventure
David Rosenfelt
636.7088 Ros
The Hidden World Of The Fox
Adele Brand
599.775 Bra
Enslaved By Ducks
Bob Tarte
636.0887 Tar
The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle [Large Print]
David Wroblewski
LP FIC Wro
H Is For Hawk [Large Print]
Helen Macdonald
LP 598.944 Mac
The Travelling Cat Chronicles [Large Print]
Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
LP FIC Ari
One Good Dog
Susan Wilson
FIC Wil
The Unexpected Inheritance Of Inspector Chopra
Vaseem Khan
FIC Kha
Redwall [Audiobook]
Brian Jacques
J FIC Jac
Watchers
Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz
FIC Koo
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat : Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals
Hal Herzog
304.27 Her
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
FIC Fow