Bestselling author Dean Koontz is well-known for his best-selling thrillers and suspenseful novels. But according to Dean, it wasn’t fame that transformed his life, it was a golden retriever Trixie. A Big Little Life is the story of Trixie’s impact on Dean’s life and the amazing changes she wrought in him and those around him.
When Gwen Cooper is told of the blind kitten abandoned at her local shelter, she could not resist taking him into her home. She felt heartbroken for the kitten, who she was certain would not be able to lead a full and active feline life. But Homer surprised her time and time again with his bravery and loyalty, and his own refusal to be limited by his blindness helped her to move past the false limitations and obstacles she had created for herself.
Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking study of chimpanzees in Tanzania dramatically transformed the way we think of animals, and our relationship to them. Goodall’s work reveals just how similar we really are to the animal species we once deemed below us and teaches us all to respect and honor the creatures we share this planet with.
One cold snowy morning, a feeble and hungry kitten is found abadoned in the bookdrop of a small library in Iowa. Apalled at the mistreatment of such an innocent creature, the library staff nursed the kitten back to health and gave him a home under the library’s roof. Dubbed Dewey, after the library classification system, the tiny tabby became a national celebrity and transformed the floundering library and all who entered its doors.
After losing a close friend to cancer, journalist Tom Ryan embarks on a quest to find peace and closure by climbing the highest mountains in New Hampshire. Accompanying him and closely monitoring his emotional well-being, is Tom’s miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch. part travel narrative, part memoir, this story is a heartwarming tale of how the animals we take care of, ultimately end up taking care of us.
This collection of short stories about the odd and unlikely friendships forged in the animal world is sure to soften even the hardest of hearts. From Owen the hippo and his best friend Mzee the tortoise, to the famous gorilla Koko and her feline friend All Ball. These animals prove that friendship is blind to all external differences.
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