Readers Write: Summer Reading for Animal AdvocatesPosted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on June 18, 2014
Earlier this month, ALDF asked Animal Book Club readers to write in with their suggestions for a great summer reading list for animal advocates! Here’s what you said!
Michelle Mitchell writes:
“All the Way to the Ocean, by Joel Harper, is wonderful! An uplifting story about two best friends, Isaac and James, and their discovery of the cause and effect relationship between our cities’ storm drains and the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers… It is sure to inspire both young and adult readers alike and teach a timeless life lesson—If we all do our part a cleaner, safer environment is indeed within our reach…”
“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler. I thought it was just going to be a novel, but it had a great message about the horrors of animal testing.”
“At this time of year I take a break from grim animal cases and cutting-edge literary works and reread the books that first moved me to care about animals. I go back to the iconic classics Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe and find that they have the power to stir my sympathy as they did when I was a child. Next I go to my all-time favorites: Richard Adams’ Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. Finally I look at one author’s lighthearted use of anthropomorphism—May Sarton’s The Fur Person.
Dee De Santis
“I love all of Rob Laidlaw’s animal protection books. I have added them to my public library’s collection.”
- Striking at the Roots — Mark Hawthorne
- Redemption: the Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America — Nathan Winograd
- Don’t Lick the Dog — Wendy Wahman
- Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls—One Flying Disc at a Tim — Jim Gorant
- Wild Animals in Captivity — Rob Laidlaw
- Buddy Unchained — Daisy Bix
- Suspect –– Robert Crais
- A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life — Steven Kotler
- A Home for Dakota — Jan Zita Grover
- The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani — G.A. Bradshaw
Coming Up in the Animal Book Club
- War of the Whales, by Joshua Horwitz — This month’s Animal Book Club featured book: look for our review and author interview in June—the book comes out in early July! (Simon & Schuster).
- All Creatures Great and Small — The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Doctor, by James Herriot, a re-release (St. Martin’s Press, May 2014).
- The World According to Bob — The Further Adventures of One Man and His Streetwise Cat, by James Bowen. Cat lovers will get a kick out of this book (Thomas Dunne Books, 2013).
- Animal Madness — How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves,by Laurel Braitman (Simon & Schuster, June 2014).
- Last Chain on Billie — How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top, by Carol Bradley (St. Martin’s Press, 2014).
- Touching the Wild — Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch, by Joe Hutto; the book that inspired the stunning PBS show (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014).
- Growl — Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate, by Kim Stallwood.
One of our readers reminds us of a good quotation by Jenny Brown, author of The Lucky Ones, who said “Animals are here with us, not for us.”