Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Anyone But You


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Our Adult Summer Reading program is petering out, but Maggie is still hopping along with her reading. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:


Anyone but You

By Jennifer Crusie
Fiction Crusie


This light-hearted, feel-good novel is a perfect summer read.  Divorcee Nina Askew celebrates her newly acquired freedom by adopting a dog.  While Fred is not the bouncy puppy she's been dreaming of, he's got character - slow and smelly basset hound character.  Through Fred, Nina meets the handsome (and ten-years younger) doctor downstairs.  Their growing relationship is a great story.  Crusie writes funny, endearing characters, both animal and human.  Anyone but You is very enjoyable.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Pack of Two


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Our Adult Summer Reading program is petering out, but Maggie is still hopping along with her reading. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:


Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs

By Caroline Knapp
LT 636.7088 Knapp

“Pack of two” by Caroline Knapp (LT 636.7088 Knapp) Author Caroline Knapp had reached a crossroads in her life: both parents died within a year of each other and she stopped drinking alcohol. To fill the void, she became the proud owner of a eight-week-old puppy from the shelter, whom she named Lucille. She gave Lucille a home, but Lucille gave her so much more: love, companionship, a way to live beyond alcohol. 
I almost never feel lonely when I’m in the company of the dog…Out in the world with her, I have found a path to others. At home with her, I have found a way to be alone without the ache. 
When she realized the impact Lucille had on her life, she began to interview other dog owners about their experiences and researched the owner-pet bond as well. With this book, she ably captured the joys, frustrations, missteps, fantasies and successes which are part of the learning curve for humans and canines alike.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: War Horse


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Join our Adult Summer Reading program, and Paws to Read along with Maggie. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:



War Horse

By Michael Morpurgo
J Fiction Morpungo




I haven’t read a book about a horse since I read Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty when I was eight but I was drawn to Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse after I saw the adaptation in play form in San Francisco a few years ago.War Horse is an autobiography, just like Black Beauty.  It’s 1914-Joey is a red bay colt, sold at auction to a drunken farmer. Albert, the farmer’s son, bonds with Joey, sees all Joey’s promise and does his best to train him, limiting contact between his father and his horse.Summer ends: Europe is at war.  Albert’s father sells Joey to the army as a mount for the cavalry, but Albert is too young to go to war with Joey. As a war horse, Joey serves many masters-an English captain, a battle-worn young trooper, German stretcher cases, a French farmer and his granddaughter-before Albert joins the veterinary service and finds Joey in France. The story makes clear war’s horror and its resulting carnage (human and animal) but it is balanced by moments of great tenderness.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Following Atticus


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Join our Adult Summer Reading program, and Paws to Read along with Maggie. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:



Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

By Tom Ryan
Non-Fiction, 2nd floor, 796.522 Ryan



This is an uplifting book to add to your summer reading! Tom writes the true story of himself, his little dog and their shared passion for mountain climbing.  Tom was the owner/writer of a small town newspaper in Massachusetts when he adopted a miniature schnauzer puppy and gave him the name Atticus M. Finch.  After one hike in the mountains, Tom and Atticus discovered their passion to climb mountains together.  This unlikely pair of hikers, a self-described middle-aged, overweight man and his little dog, climbed all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks in their first summer, often climbing two or three peaks a day.  Then they attempted to climb all forty-eight mountains in the winter, not once but twice, to raise money for charity.  But this book isn’t as much a mountain climbing adventure book as it is a charming sketch of the funny, obstinate puppy, who becomes Tom’s best friend.  Showing incredible stamina for such a small dog, Atticus is always twenty feet ahead on the trail, leading the way up mountain peaks.  When they reach each peak, Atticus becomes “Little Buddha”, sitting and gazing at the view for almost an hour.  Tom describes their hikes as solitary walking meditations.  The book is infused with quotes from Emerson, Thoreau and others.  This book will make you laugh and cry.  It will uplift you and remind you that it is time spent in the natural world that heals the soul.   

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Rin Tin Tin


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This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:




Rin Tin Tin: the Life and the Legend

By Susan Orlean
Non-Fiction, 2nd floor, 636.7376 Orlean
Large Type, 2nd floor, LT 636.7376 Orlean


Corporal Lee Duncan returned to California from the battlefield in France in 1918 with a German shepherd puppy who he named Rin Tin Tin .He thought his dog was very talented and trained him for the burgeoning motion picture business. Rin Tin Tin and his descendants became box office stars in both silents and talkies. TV’s Adventures of Rin Tin Tin introduced “Rinty” to baby boomers and continued on in reruns, creating a new audience for this American icon. Author Susan Orlean covers it all-obedience training, dog breeding, dogs in entertainment, dogs in war and the amazing bond between Duncan and Rin Tin Tin that grew into an veritable industry.     

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: A Street Cat Named Bob


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Join our Adult Summer Reading program, and Paws to Read along with Maggie. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:





A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life

By James Bowen
Non-Fiction, 2nd floor, 636.8009 Bowen 

Struggling street musician James Bowen takes responsibility for an injured ginger tomcat whom he befriends and names Bob. Bob’s sores heal; Bob chooses stays with Bowen, curling up in his guitar case while Bowen busks in Covent Garden.  As their relationship grows, the bond between cat and protector allows Bowen to leave his drug use for good and get on to a life beyond busking. Check out  Youtube for interviews with Bowen and to see Bob in action.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Into Darkness


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Join our Adult Summer Reading program, and Paws to Read along with Maggie. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:



Into Darkness

By Jonathan Lewis
Non-Fiction, 2nd floor, 636.7092 Kerasote

In “Into Darkness, Suzy is the guide-dog for the blind victim and the only witness to his death but she can’t talk  -  or can she?    DCI Nick Bale and dog-handler Kate Baker take some unusual measures to solve this case.  In Lewis’ second in the series, “Into Dust”, an IED-sniffing dog helps solve the murder of a high government official in England.  Much of the action takes place in Afghanistan, with Nick and Kate shuttling back and forth.  Both titles have the flavor of Reginald Hill and his Pascoe/Dalziel series.