Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght

January 11, 2021

[Veronique]

Did you ever hear of fish owls? Me neither before I read a little column about this book in a nature magazine.
In this book, the author details his research ( you might call it search first!) on the eastern fish owl in Eastern Russia, a bird that only exists there and in Japan, threatened by climate change and heavy logging. The colorful local characters he encounters and partners with to observe and help this species survive are all fascinating, making for a great non fiction read. I highly recommend the author. I read the audiobook version! Owls of the Eastern Ice is available at the Library and as an audiobook on Hoopla and on Libby/Overdrive.

Here is a youtube video of the virtual book launch for this book.

Owls of the Eastern Ice

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School by Julie Falatko

August 27, 2019

[Sam]

Sometimes books find us when we need them. This is a story of just such a book. It was a dreary Friday afternoon in March. With the energetic chaos of February school vacation week programs behind her your friendly neighborhood children’s librarian was feeling just a bit run down. There were books to be bought, budgets to be tracked, programs to be promoted, statistics to be compiled, meetings to be scheduled, and any number of other things that needed attending to. Really, it had just been one of those weeks where for every item she emphatically checked off her to-do list two more magically appeared in its place. And then, just as it was all getting to be a bit too much. It appeared in the check in bin. The book that would turn the whole week around. The book that would soon be pushed into the arms of many a library co-worker with only a cursory exclamation of “you have to read this! It’s so good!” (And dear reader it was so good. They thought so, and if you’ve continued reading this far into this rather unusual book review I believe it highly probable you will too)

Which book is it you ask? What great piece of literature could possibly inspire such a lengthy lead up? Well prepare yourself my friends, for you too may find that Julie Falatko’s “Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School” is just the book you never knew you needed. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Two Dogs in a Trench Coat,” really, really? Yes, really. I will endeavor to describe it just a bit, but honestly if you are in need of a laugh, you should just take my word for it and check this one out!

Do you have a deep love in your heart for office supplies, this book is for you. Do you wonder just what your dogs are thinking when you leave them to go to work or school, this book is for you. Do you enjoy wacky hijinks, this book is for you. Do you want a book that provides kid friendly jokes but also includes an astonishing number of Golden Girls references, this is that book. Is everyone in your household a little stressed about going back to school, and you’d like something that you could all enjoy reading aloud together? You know what I’m going to say. Put it on hold already

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School is available on audio on Hoopla, and both eBook and audiobook on Libby/Overdrive.

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The Friend, by Sigrid Nunez

May 1, 2019

[Lesley]

A meditation? A rhetorical exercise? A story of mentors, art, grief, aloneness, a city, and a dog? Yes, that last one. But also a meditation of sorts and a cerebral, rhetorical examination of grief, what it means to be alone or lonely, and art. There is deep emotion in the portrayals of loss (as expressed by our unnamed narrator and the great dane on the cover), but the writing is spare and non-emotional, somehow making the fragility of relationships (with others and with the world) that much more stark. Beautiful writing. This isn’t a book for everyone, but if you like Peter Heller’s novels or Open City by Teju Cole then I think you will like this book.

The Friend won the National Book Award in 2018.

The Friend can be found on Libby/Overdrive.

The Friend - ebook

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

September 27, 2018

[Sara]

The audiobook of Soul of an Octopus was wonderful– I am often wary of books narrated by the author, but maybe unnecessarily so. Since Sy Montgomery narrated, she was really able to bring out the thrills and emotions that she really experienced throughout this span of time with the octopuses. (Yes, even though I knew “octopuses” is the plural, I found out from this book that a word like this with a Greek root cannot have a Latin plural– thanks Sy.)

I find both animal consciousness and octopuses so fascinating– this was the perfect book to gain insight and vicarious experience with the animals. Much of it was set in the familiar locale of the New England Aquarium as well, so it felt very real. The reader gets to know individual octopuses intimately through Montgomery’s own experience, and the book left me inspired to read more about animals’ psyches.

I rarely get so into nonfiction– this was definitely a winner. Great narrative style and a New Hampshire author to boot. I’m interested in reading more books by this author, such as Birdology and The Good Good Pig, and as a children’s librarian and mom I’m thrilled that she writes for all ages!

This book is available free to library members on both Hoopla and Overdrive, as well as at Wiggin.

Other Books by Sy Montgomery:
For Children
For Teens