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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374113346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

Ravens are terrifically smart. Skaife describes them as "feathered apes" and extraordinary problem solvers. Like primates, ravens can make use of tools and have a language and pecking order all their own. The ravens in this book, though wild, live in a palace and are waited on by a team of humans! Skaife gives lots of amusing testimony to the challenge of keeping them safe, his utterly crazy job, (soaking biscuits in blood), and keeping the group alive and thriving despite their devilish antics that might include playing dead, noisily eating a live pigeon in front of visitors, hiding, stealing teddy bears from children and brown bag lunches from distracted tourist. This is a delightful romp of a read, that is part memoir, part history of tower of London and 100% must have for ravenologists. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston - Book Review

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393241020
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

I can't decide if Mineral County, Colorado is a piece of heaven or if it's actually heaven. Either way it is a wondrous Rocky Mountain paradise--a paradise beset by bitter cold, fires, various degrees of hardship and always exquisite beauty. Pam Houston has 120 acres of it and readers get a clear-eyed glimpse of life and death on the ranch in this marvelous combination of memoir and nature writing. Both deeply personal and wide-reaching, Deep Creek is about the human capacity to feel grief and joy all at once for the ground beneath one's feet and the planet as a whole. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa - Book Review

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By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

Moving tale, told in part by a plucky cat, of a final trip in a silver van through picturesque Japan. The cat's owner is visiting old friends, and as the journey's true purpose is subtly revealed, the bond between man, cat, and reader beautifully, and unforgettably, deepens. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery - Book Review

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By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

Whimsical illustrations accompany this heartfelt collection of essays on life, compassion, love and understanding the world by way of the author’s connections with the animals she has known. I find myself returning to this poetic collection often in quiet moments, contemplating not only how these connections impacted her life and her understanding, but seeing clearer now how my interactions with animals in my life have affected my own perceptions. The author shows us that there is truly a personality and a soul in all beings. A beautiful gift for someone who loves and has been loved by animals. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Peregrine by J. A. Baker - Book Review

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By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590171332
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 31st, 2004

One man's obsession with peregrines leads him on a ten-year quest to track the incredible predator wherever it goes. This is a work of nonfiction that reads like the greatest novels. It's filled with lyrical, poetic, and haunting prose that at times had me sweating. Baker nearly becomes the beast he hunts, risking his humanity to remain close to his love. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781603587396
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 11th, 2018

Castor canadensis is a pretty cool animal. We tend to take them for granted because they're fairly common. Nearly trapped to extinction, the lack of beavers had a profound effect on the landscape (not for the better). But they're back and Goldfarb adroitly illuminates how they live and why they are critical to the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem in their native range. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


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