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.
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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!
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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