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The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate may be fiction, but it’s based on a real gorilla who was closed up in a bare cage at a circus-themed shopping mall for 27 years.  I knew it well.  Ivan lived … Continue reading

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Every Living Thing (Rob Dunn)

“Life will not be contained. Life breaks free. It expands to new territories, crashes through barriers… Life finds a way.” When Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum in the movie Jurassic Park) said those words, he was foreshadowing the disastrous … Continue reading

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Dog Treats in the Car

Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. That’s a truism any dog lover could identify with. I borrowed it from Marley & Me, an Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston movie that my daughter and I saw yesterday. The … Continue reading

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The Owl and the Woodpecker (Paul Bannick)

Bird books seem to my biggest new indulgence this year. No fewer than seven of them have followed me home (so far) in the last 12 months. [I’ve reviewed several here; search my blog for “birds” to retrieve them.] As … Continue reading

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Charles Harper’s Birds & Words (Charley Harper)

Charles Harper’s Birds & Words [LibraryThing / WorldCat] is a collection of about five dozen bird prints originally published by the Ford Motor Company in the 1950s and reprinted in a very limited edition twenty years later. Now, a year … Continue reading

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