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Our Animal Friends

Learn all about our animal friends the with these new books.

May 20, 2021

Dogs and cats, birds, lions, polar bears—and even eels! Learn all about our animal friends the with these new books.

 

Non-Fiction

Animalkind

Animalkind
Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion

Ingrid Newkirk, Gene Stone

The founder and president of PETA and a bestselling author pair their tour of the astounding lives of animals with a guide to the exciting new tools that allow humans to avoid using or abusing animals as we once did.

Becoming wild

Becoming Wild
How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace

Carl Safina

The New York Times best-selling author of Beyond Words brings readers close to three non-human cultures– what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them.

Beloved beasts

Beloved Beasts
Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

Michelle Nijhuis

A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement-told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it.

The book of eels

The Book of Eels
Our Enduring Fascination With the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World

Patrik Svensson

A first book by the Sydsvenskan arts and culture journalist draws on research in literature, history and marine biology in a portrait of the enigmatic European eel that share insights into the species’ complicated origins and nature.

Cat tale

Cat Tale
The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther

Craig Pittman

The award-winning journalist and author of the best-selling Oh, Florida! traces the story of the unlikely rescue of the Florida panther from extinction while revealing the political factors and colorful personalities that are impacting the species today.

A cat's tale

A Cat’s Tale
A Journey Through Feline History

Baba the cat as dictated to Paul Koudounaris

A CAT’S TALE is a history of feline kind: its origins, the evolution of the relationship with their human companions, and the surprising ways in which feline history parallels that of humanity. From the prehistoric Felis (a large mammal from which all domestic cats have descended) to ancient Egyptian cat goddess, key cats of the Enlightenment to swashbuckling pirate felines and infamous American tabbies, the story of catkind is told here in its totality.

Dog's best friend

Dog’s Best Friend
The Story of an Unbreakable Bond

Simon Garfield

The award-winning author of Just My Type presents an uplifting meditation on the relationship between humans and their canine companions and how it has endured for millennia, expanding and inspiring science, history and culture.

Father of lions

Father of Lions
One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo

Louise Callaghan

Father of Lions is the powerful true story of the evacuation of the Mosul Zoo, featuring Abu Laith the zookeeper, Simba the lion cub, Lula the bear, and countless others, faithfully depicted by acclaimed, award-winning journalist Louise Callaghan in her trade publishing debut.

The glitter in the green

The Glitter in the Green
In Search of Hummingbirds

Jon Dunn

An acclaimed nature writer, photographer and wildlife tour leader travels the full length of the range of the hummingbird on a quest to find them, from near the Artic Circle to near-Antarctic islands.

How Stella Learned to Talk

How Stella Learned to Talk
The Groundbreaking Story of the World’s First Talking Dog

Christina Hunger

A true story and simple guide to teaching a dog to talk from a speech-language pathologist who has taught her dog to communicate using simple paw-sized buttons associated with different words.

The loneliest Polar bear

The Loneliest Polar Bear
A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World

Kale Williams

The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own.

Lost companions

Lost Companions
Reflections on the Death of Pets

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Overflowing with moving, thought-provoking and poignant stories that illustrate the strong bond between humans and animals, this compassionate book on pet loss takes a very personal, heartfelt approach to this difficult subject, allowing readers to explore their own responses and reactions

The meaning of meow

The Meaning of Meow
What Your Cat Really Thinks!

Pamela Weintraub

But new research into our feline friends now reveals their love for us, their secret language, including accents and dialects, and their inner depths. In a series of engaging stories featuring the world’s top experts, veterinarians and pet-owners themselves, this premium book opens a window into the minds of our feline friends.

The meaning of woof

The Meaning of Woof
What Your Dog Really Thinks!

Pamela Weintraub

This book explores the nature of our relationship with our four-legged friends including personal tales, scientific explorations and inspiring stories of how dogs can make us better people.

A most remarkable creature

A Most Remarkable Creature
The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey

Jonathan Meiburg

A first book by an award-winning natural-science writer introduces readers to the remarkable world of the caracaras social bird of prey, discussing how the species baffled Darwin and why it has remained confined to a small South American region

Owls of the eastern ice

Owls of the Eastern Ice
A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl

Jonathan C. Slaght

A field conservationist tracks his five-year study of the elusive Blakiston’s fish owl of eastern Russia, where his small scientific monitoring team immersed themselves in local culture while learning about the species’ survival behaviors and shrinking habitat.

Parrots

Parrots

Nikki Moustaki

Whether you’re just setting out in the parrot world or are a seasoned voyager on the parrot-y seas, this 2nd edition of Parrots For Dummies has something for you and your pet—and will repay the hard-won pirate gold you spent on it a thousand times over!

Puppies for dummies

Puppies for Dummies

Sarah Hodgson

Newly revised and updated, this fourth edition covers the latest puppy training gadgets, tricks and tips and offers expanded coverage on current training techniques, including recent studies on positive reinforcement methods

Second chances

Second Chances
A Marine, His Dog, and Finding Redemption

Craig Grossi

The author of Craig and Fred describes how his devoted canine companion and he visited Maine State Prison to work beside inmates who serve purposeful time in prison by training service dogs for disabled veterans.

Tales from the ant world

Tales From the Ant World

Edward O. Wilson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard professor emeritus and author of Anthill shares eloquent descriptions of his natural-world encounters with ants, from his boyhood explorations in the Alabama woods to his perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest.

The hummingbirds' gift

The Hummingbirds’ Gift
Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings

Sy Montgomery

A naturalist and beloved New York times best-selling author, who rescues abandoned hummingbirds, shows just how amazing these tiny creatures are and celebrates their very existence on our planet.

The particulars of Peter

The Particulars of Peter
Dance Lessons, DNA Tests, and Other Excuses to Hang Out With My Perfect Dog

Kelly Conaboy

A heartwarming celebration of the author’s devoted relationship with her rescue dog shares anecdotes about their visit to the Woofstock dog festival, training in Canine Freestyle and participation in remarkable scientific experiments.

Wag

Wag
The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

Zazie Todd

Whether you are training a new puppy, considering adopting a dog, researching dog breeds, or simply curious about your own dog’s happiness and behavior, Wag has all the answers, and then some.

When Harry met Minnie

When Harry Met Minnie
A True Story of Love and Friendship

Martha Teichner

The Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent describes how she adopted a dying friend’s Bull Terrier as a companion to her own, forging unexpected heartwarming and heartbreaking bonds along the way.

World of wonders

World of Wonders
In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction–a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

A world on the wing

A World on the Wing
The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

Scott Weidensaul

The author of the Pulitzer finalist Living on the Wind explores the remarkable science of global bird migration to illuminate the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to fly across oceans, over mountains and uninterrupted for months.

 

Biographies And Memoirs

Featherhood

Featherhood
A Memoir of Two Fathers and a Magpie

Charlie Gilmour

A beautiful, moving, and wildly original memoir of grief, healing, and fatherhood through the story of a young man who adopts a baby magpie.

Good boy

Good Boy
My Life in Seven Dogs

Jennifer Finney Boylan

In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love.

Horse crazy

Horse Crazy
The Story of a Woman and a World in Love With an Animal

Sarah Maslin Nir

A New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist explores why so many people-including herself-are obsessed with horses. Infused with heart and wit, and with each chapter named after a horse Nir has loved, Horse Crazy is an unforgettable blend of beautifully written memoir and first-rate reporting.

No ordinary dog

No Ordinary Dog
My Partner From the Seal Teams to the Bin Laden Raid

Will Chesney

Tells the true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life.

Olive, Mabel & me

Olive, Mabel & Me
Life and Adventures With Two Very Good Dogs

Andrew Cotter

Tells the story of Olive and Mabel, Labrador retrievers who rose to internet fame as the subjects of Andrew Cotter’s BBC sports parodies.

The ride of her life

The Ride of Her Life
The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America

Elizabeth Letts

The #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Perfect Horse and The Eighty-Dollar Champion presents the triumphant true story of 63-year-old Maine farmer Annie Wilkins who, in 1954, rode her horse across America, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.