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Last Chance to See
I love Douglas Adams's science fiction. Just look at my bookshelves. So it's as a firm fan that I say: Douglas Adams was wasted--wasted--on science fi...more
May 08, 2008
May 12, 2008
Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
I honestly cannot think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading this book. Natterson-Horowitz is a doctor who was asked to do cardiovascular surge...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
The Hidden Life Of Dogs
This was an extremely quick, but extremely absorbing, read. Elizabeth Thomas asks the question that we should be appalled more science-minded people d...more
Sep 10, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
Do you suppose, if I admit that I find it a bit difficult to hold my attention to an E.O. Wilson book for long periods of time, that they will take aw...more
not set
Feb 20, 2011
Coming of Age With Elephants: A Memoir
This was an exceedingly interesting book on a number of levels. The first is that it's an absolutely outstanding book about elephants. In fact, it's t...more
Mar 03, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
The Lord God Made Them All
Herriot never disappoints. If I had to choose one of his books that is the weakest, it would be this one. The stories and characters are not quite as...more
May 04, 2011
May 03, 2011
The Star Thrower
OK, I'm very sorry. I'm throwing in the towel on this one. I love Eiseley's writing. It's wonderful and poetic and deep and lovely. The problem with t...more
not set
Aug 04, 2008
Every Living Thing
This is a very fitting last book to James Herriot's collection. In it, he and Helen move several times, and he details each move and house and what it...more
May 05, 2011
May 04, 2011
Jewels: A Secret History
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Victoria Finlay is a gifted storyteller. She profiles nine different jewels (pleasingly, in order of Moh's scale). She...more
Sep 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life Of The Natural History Museum
This book is like Beauty and the Beast.

Let me explain.

Beauty and the Beast is my very favorite fairy tale. I will read adaptations of that story all...more
Sep 29, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
In November, I stumbled across this intriguing blog post about the first canine fMRI study and I immediately needed to know more.

The study was publ...more
Dec 16, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Animal Investigators: How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab Is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species
I really expected this to be a different book than it turned out to be. One of our zoo pathologists is leaving to go work at the FWS Wildlife Forensic...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
This was an entrancing story of exploration, desperation, dreams, and death in the Amazon rainforest. It tells the story of Percy Fawcett, one of the...more
May 10, 2011
Aug 12, 2009
Tears of the Cheetah: The Genetic Secrets of Our Animal Ancestors
This is the kind of book that your friends can't wait for you to finish, so that they can get some peace. Because you can't stop texting, emailing, ca...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass
I had seen the movie adaptation of this book and loved it for the landscape. It's a poor advertisement for the book. The landscape is still there, but...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
The Lost World of James Smithson: Science, Revolution, and the Birth of the Smithsonian
I'm throwing in the towel. I'm sorry. I hate quitting a book, especially one with such interesting and personally relevant subject material, but I'm j...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals
The more books by Karen Pryor I read, the more I want to read books by Karen Pryor.

The cover of this book was a bit misleading. My copy, at least, has...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of an Underwater Pioneer
Sometimes a book slots itself right into your psyche as if you'd been saving a seat for it.

This book is that kind of book.

David Powell is the aquarist...more
Aug 16, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
The Company of Wolves
This is, simply, the best book on wolves I've ever read. Steinhart starts out by stating the problem: that it's almost impossible to think about wolve...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
All Things Wise and Wonderful
In the course of my successive re-reads of James Herriot's books as a child, I would routinely skip this one, which I thought of as "the sad one." It...more
May 03, 2011
May 03, 2011
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Things Bright and Beautiful picks up where All Creatures Great and Small leaves off: with Jim's wedding to Helen. (I remember as a kid it confused...more
May 02, 2011
May 01, 2011
All Creatures Great and Small
I can't remember how old I was when I read James Herriot for the first time. It must have been late elementary school or middle school. What I do reme...more
May 2011
Apr 30, 2011
Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs
This was a very interesting book. I read it on the heels of Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's The Hidden Life of Dogs, which Masson cited on one of the very...more
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
Lads Before the Wind: Diary of a Dolphin Trainer
This was an astonishing book. Amazing in how well written it was, how consistently sympathetic and funny, how packed with great information and storie...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants
I waffled between two and three stars for this book-- I did like it (mostly) but there were definitely parts of it I could have done without, and, to...more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
A Gathering of Wonders
The problem with an natural history museum like the American Museum of Natural History is one of scale. You buy your ticket (which is not cheap) and t...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet
This was another one of those books that ought to be required reading for any dog owner, or for anyone who's just around dogs a lot. However, it's the...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature
This was a fascinating, wonderful, absorbing, funny read. I can see (from reading my own review, not because I remember) that I had some trouble with...more
Sep 08, 2009
Sep 09, 2009
Noah's Choice: The Future of Endangered Species
This was a very clear-eyed, sober, and grave look at the preservation of species. Similar to Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act...more
Aug 18, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
A very clear-eyed look at the emotional and mental well-being of animals, and how it ties in with this physical well-being.

Temple Grandin is an autis...more
Apr 11, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
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