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(Buzzfeed)   The Saturday Morning Book Club is going to the dogs. And the cats, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and pretty much the entire animal kingdom as we search for the best books every animal lover should read   ( buzzfeed.com) divider line
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2017-09-30 08:09:34 AM  
Watership Down, by Richard Adams has always been my favorite.
2017-09-30 08:17:50 AM  
2017-09-30 08:20:24 AM  
"All Creatures Great & Small"

//and the assorted others in the series
///will think on some others - Gary Paulson springs to mind
/V Sat morning slashie fun
2017-09-30 08:24:08 AM  
2017-09-30 08:28:05 AM  
Where the Red Fern Grows?
2017-09-30 08:33:16 AM  
Trumpet of the Swan.
2017-09-30 08:34:15 AM  
The Complete Meat Cookbook: A Juicy and Authoritative Guide to Selecting, Seasoning, and Cooking Today's Beef, Pork, Lamb, and Veal
2017-09-30 08:39:46 AM  
2017-09-30 08:55:48 AM  
Silence of the lambs
2017-09-30 09:20:53 AM  
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2017-09-30 09:27:22 AM  
Animal Farm.
2017-09-30 10:02:33 AM  
Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
2017-09-30 10:14:55 AM  

Recoil Therapy: "All Creatures Great & Small"

This, of course.

Charlotte's Web and Black Beauty are a few other favorites.
2017-09-30 10:16:32 AM  
I'll second Watership Down, then suggest Sounder or The Incredible Journey as close seconds.
2017-09-30 10:17:58 AM  
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Written by some Dick that is popular 'round here.

/not obscure
2017-09-30 10:25:27 AM  
No votes for "Old Yeller"?

/ still cries
2017-09-30 10:27:37 AM  
Charoletts Web, I'll Always Love You, Where the Red Fern Grows, Call of the Wild, White Fang, Marley and Me.
2017-09-30 10:28:22 AM  
For non-fiction, the wife strongly suggests "Out Of Harm's Way" by Terri Crisp. Just advises to have plenty of tissue handy when reading.

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2017-09-30 10:29:13 AM  
"Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order" by Bob Tarte
2017-09-30 10:30:05 AM  
Brin's Uplift series
2017-09-30 10:34:56 AM  
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2017-09-30 10:35:05 AM  
Moby Dick is probably my favorite animal book.

I should have posted that, instead of the first thing that pops into my mind.  I do this every week, even though I tell myself I will rtfa first.  Sigh.

Also, the tree cats in the Honor Harrington series are interesting.  (I've posted too much about this series in the last few months, but I'm on book 9 now, and it's relevant to my interests.)    :)
2017-09-30 10:41:33 AM  
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2017-09-30 10:48:06 AM  
Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowat.  Any of his works, actually.
2017-09-30 10:53:09 AM  
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell has always been one of my favorites. It's about young Durrell's adventures on the island of Corfu prior to WWII. His descriptions of both the animals he encounters and his family are wonderful.
2017-09-30 10:54:30 AM  
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2017-09-30 10:58:54 AM  
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2017-09-30 10:59:35 AM  
Watership Down was my first thought as well.

But on second thought I'll submit Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
2017-09-30 11:01:21 AM  
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Both awesome in every way.
2017-09-30 11:03:41 AM  
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Take your dog along while you find America, be really saddened by racism. By one of the absolute best American writers ever.
2017-09-30 11:13:00 AM  
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Kipling at his best.
2017-09-30 11:15:20 AM  
I usually like to contribute to these threads, but this time I'm stumped. At least from a literary standpoint - there's plenty in children's literature: Charlotte's Web, Black Beauty,but as an adult animals in fiction haven't really interested me. I have a lovely illustrated edition of Origin of Species on my bookshelf, but I must confess I haven't actually read Darwin - satisfying myself with nature documentaries and what I recall from high school.

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One book I can recommend is Sir Walter Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand,if only for the illustrations. I hear Audubon's Birds of Americais pretty good too, but I don't know if its reputation is due to the extreme rarity of the first edition.

Anyway, here's a picture from Birds of NZ.
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2017-09-30 11:21:26 AM  
Lord of the flies.
2017-09-30 11:27:23 AM  

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Kipling at his best.

Not quite.

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2017-09-30 11:33:28 AM  
The Cat Who series. The Cat Who Saw Ghost. For example. Except for The Cat Who Walk Through walls. That's by another author.
2017-09-30 11:38:36 AM  
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2017-09-30 12:01:24 PM  
James Herriot's books. All of them. Probably the only books my entire farming family read in the 1970's, from my grandparents on down. And we learned to swear like Yorkshiremen.
2017-09-30 12:20:22 PM  
Another recommendation for the All Creatures Great and Small series by James Herriot.

Other non-fiction:

Ring of Bright Water
Born Free


Life of Pi
Moby Dick

"The Cat Who . . . " series is cute but the mysteries are not that good (guilty party comes out of left field with few prior hints)
2017-09-30 12:37:14 PM  
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2017-09-30 12:44:01 PM  
Jaws, by Peter Benchley
The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, by Nancy Lawson
The Bond: Our KKinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, by Wayne Pacelle
2017-09-30 12:44:42 PM  

Fat Old Broad: Animal Farm.

Picked up a copy illustrated by Ralph Steadman.  Works surprisingly well.
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2017-09-30 12:46:26 PM  
Does anyone happen to know the name of that science fiction story where it is discovered Earth is saturated by some sort of energy field that makes everything stupid and when it suddenly goes away animals develop human level intelligence?
2017-09-30 12:46:55 PM  
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
2017-09-30 12:58:33 PM  
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2017-09-30 01:03:02 PM  
The Bear Went Over the Mountain- William Kotzwinkle

Utterly absurd and had me giggling like a fool at times.
2017-09-30 01:18:24 PM  
Marley and Me
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