Margaret Spilker

Margaret enjoys a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction but is particularly well read in natural history. While Webster Enterprises has lured her away from her old job at the bookstore she still helps out (with this web site for instance) and we still claim her as part of our family. Here are some of her recent and all time favorite books.
Webster Enterprises
Webster Enterprises of Jackson County, Inc. is a private, non-profit, corporation that provides vocational assessment and evaluation, work adjustment training, and supportive services to any eligible individual who has a disability that creates a substantial barrier to employment. The goal of Webster Enterprises is to provide services that will help participants develop transferable skills, attitudes and behaviors to enhance their vocational potential and ability to be successful in their employment objectives.

The River Why By David James Duncan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781578050840
Published: Sierra Club Books - August 5th, 2002

Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had By Rick Bass Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618127368
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2001

I have been an avid fan of the writings of Rick Bass since reading his first nonfiction book, Winter. Colter proved to be a heart-arming story of a man and his dog.

Colter is a German shorthair puppy who is the litter runt whom nobody else wanted. As they start bird hunting and training together in the mountains of Montana, Bass is awed by Colter?s intelligence, physical stamina, and superb hunting instinct. The strength of this book lies in its simplicity. Rick Bass can take a reader from laughter to tears with vivid descriptions and words that come straight from his heart and soul.

Even though I know nothing about hunting with a dog, the connection and relationship between Bass and Colter is recognizable to any animal lover. This story about a loyal and loving friendship is unforgettable!

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The Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142001745
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation from Round River By Aldo Leopold Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345345059
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Ballantine Books - December 12th, 1986

For the Time Being: Essays (PEN Literary Award Winner) By Annie Dillard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375703478
Availability: Backordered at our warehouse
Published: Vintage - February 8th, 2000

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story By Diane Ackerman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393061727
Availability: We can probably get this title but the price is subject to change.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2007

A brand new book by one's favorite author is always a cause of celebration, and I've hit the jackpot. The Zoookeeper's Wife: A War Story, by Diane Ackerman, is the true story of Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina, the zookeepers of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland. Together, during World War Two, they participate in the Polish resistance, share their love and respect for all creatures, and through incredible odds temporarily harbor hundreds of Jews amonth the bombed-out buildings of the zoo. These hidden people are then safely and silently sent on out to the rest of their lives. Like the next book on my "recommended" list (The Snoring Bird, by Bernd Heinrich), this book taught me world history while examining the human need to be a part of the natural world and told the personal stories of the strength and complexity of the human spirit.

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