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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  11 reviews
If you've ever loved a dog, a cat, an old barn, or a place in the country, you will love CLOSE FRIENDS. Meet UFO, the shy Brahman bull who mates only at night; and Tigger, the smartest farm cat ever. Meet Cooper, Peter Jenkin's forever friend, a half Alaskan Malamute dog; and Shocker, the black stallion Peter took to Inner Mongolia. You will also meet the remarkable people ...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by William Morrow & Co (first published 1989)
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Jennifer Olson
I liked this book a lot. I enjoy non-fiction and I love reading about animals. I enjoyed Peter Jenkin's first book, A Walk Across America. He writes simply, making his books quick, easy reads. The subjects are somewhat scattered from chapter to chapter but not so bad that you cannat enjoy the story. He talks about the farm he has bought, dogs he has had, horse and cow experiences, birds, cats...
Stephanie A.
I read A Walk Across America last year and really liked it, but since this book is all about the animals he's owned in his life and very little if anything else, it's even better. I think I read this once in the 1990s, and it was a fine standalone animal book then, but it's even better now that I know who the author is.
Mar 03, 2008 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Animal lovers
Recommended to Stephanie by: Mom
I really like this author. I read A Walk Across America, which he also wrote, and now I am reading Close Friends. This book is basically a collection of stories about the pets he has owned and taken care of and loved.
I have had this book since I was 12, and have re-read it many times. It's a really funny, sweet collection of stories of the author's connections with various animals.
A good book about animals and the people who love them. Jenkins tells some interesting tales.
I need a puppy.

I've also learned that I do not need cows, under any circumstances.
Best book I have ever read about people and animals!
This autobiographical series of interactions with animals is a breezy read. First a bird, then Alaskan huskies, then cows and horses. Scene, mostly, is a farm in middle Tennessee. Reading interest builds when his two imported huskies begin to devastate neighboring chicken flocks and to harass milk cows. Well, that's no way to be a good neighbor. Male husky detests being penned or tied up so story interest builds: How to resolve this dilemma? Also, how to capture an ornery bull? Knowledgeable and ...more
This book was pretty enjoyable, although there is not a lot of cohesion among the chapters; they are just all stories about interactions that Jenkins has had with animals over the years. I enjoyed the early stories from his childhood more than the later ones from his farm. Animal farming seems too brutal: rounding up cattle and watching calves die at birth are not the stories I wanted to hear.
Michael Harris
APL Recycled Reads find. A series of short stories about life on his Tennessee farm after he settles down from his walking across the country. Some stories are wonderful and descriptive and some are wallowing in self pity. I prefer his on the road adventures.
Dan Smith
A great insight into the man who help us all discover America. But he did not do it alone.
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Born July 8th, 1951 in Greenwich, Connecticut,

Peter is the eldest of the six children of Frederick and Mary Jenkins.

Graduated from Greenwich High School in 1969.

Attended Woodstock in summer of 1969.

Graduated from Alfred University in 1973 with a BFA, majoring in Sculptor/ Ceramics.
Began his Walk Across America on October 15, 1973 in Alfred, New York. It ended in mid-January of 1979 in Florence, Or
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