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Book Jacket for Bird Brother A Falconer's Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife
Book Jacket for The Chicken Chronicles Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, The Gladyses, & Babe A Memoir
Book Jacket for Crossing the Line A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever
Book Jacket for Eloquence of the Sardine Extraordinary Encounters Beneath the Sea
Book Jacket for Funny Farm My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals
Book Jacket for Good Boy My Life in Seven Dogs
Book Jacket for Horse Crazy The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal
Book Jacket for On Animals
Book Jacket for The Social Lives of Animals
Book Jacket for World of Wonders In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments

Bird Brother: A Falconer's Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife / Rodney Stotts

To escape the tough streets of Southeast Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s, young Rodney Stotts would ride the metro to the Smithsonian National Zoo. There, the bald eagles and other birds of prey captured his imagination for the first time. In Bird Brother, Rodney s

The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, The Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoir / Alice Walker

For the past several years, on a farm north of San Francisco, the celebrated writer Alice Walker has diligently cared for a flock of chickens. Over time, her blossoming relationship with "her girls" became a source of inspiration, strength, and spiritual discovery, and helped Walker connect more profoundly with her own past as a girl in rural Georgia. Walker has recorded this journey in The Chicken Chronicles, an extraordinary document of personal discovery, political commitment, and the joys of relating toanimals.Each of Walker's thirty-eight chronicles addresses her "girls" directly, sometimes from the intimate proximity of her yard, other times at a great distance, from her journeys to Bali and Dharamsala as a witness and activist for peace and justice. By turns uplifting and heartbreaking, The Chicken Chronicles is a new treat for Walker fans, a powerful touchstone for anyone seeking a deeper connection with the natural world, and a celebration of chickens everywhere!

Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever / Kareem Rosser

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Kareem thought he and his siblings would always be stuck in "The Bottom", a community and neighborhood devastated by poverty and violence. Riding their bicycles through Philly's Fairmount Park, Kareem's brothers discover a barn full of horses. Noticing the brothers' fascination with her misfit animals, Lezlie Hiner, founder of The Work to Ride stables, offers them their escape: an after school job in exchange for riding lessons.What starts as an accidental discovery turns into a love for horseback riding that leads the Rossers to discovering their passion for polo. Pursuing the sport with determination and discipline, Kareem earns his place among the typically exclusive players in college, becoming part of the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team -- all while struggling to keep his family together.

Eloquence of the Sardine: Extraordinary Encounters Beneath the Sea / Bill Fran?ois

If we listen to the ocean, what do we hear What can it teach us How can it change usWritten by a marine scientist (and winner of French eloquence competitions) , this work of narrative non-fiction blends Bill Franois' personal story with that of sea creatures to create an original and exciting work. In poetic prose, he describes his unlikely journey from being a Parisian child, afraid of the water and crippled by self-consciousness, to an eloquent and self-assured young man with a passion for the ocean and all who inhabit it. In doing so, he tells the stories of sardines, anchovies, eels, suckerfish, and whales (to name a few) , and demystifies these creatures' fascinating conversations.A mix between science and storytelling from the past and present, Eloquence of the Sardine is an invitation to dive deep and learn from the secrets of the ocean.

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals / Laurie Zaleski

Laurie Zaleski never aspired to run an animal rescue; that was her mother Annie's dream. But from girlhood, Laurie was determined to make the dream come true. Thirty years later as a successful businesswoman, she did it, buying a 15-acre farm deep in the Pinelands of South Jersey. She was planning to relocate Annie and her caravan of ragtag rescues -- horses and goats, dogs and cats, chickens and pigs -- when Annie died, just two weeks before moving day. In her heartbreak, Laurie resolved to make her mother's dream her own. In 2001, she established the Funny Farm Animal Rescue outside Mays Landing, New Jersey. Today, she carries on Annie's mission to save abused and neglected animals.Funny Farm is Laurie's story: of promises kept, dreams fulfilled, and animals lost and found.

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs / Jennifer Finney Boylan

From bestselling author of She's Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been. It's in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me.There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror.But I remember the dogs. 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.

Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal / Sarah Maslin Nir

It may surprise you to learn that there are over seven million horses in America - even more than when they were the only means of transportation - and nearly two million horse owners. Acclaimed journalist and avid equestrian Sarah Maslin Nir is one of them; she began

On Animals / Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean - the beloved New Yorker staff writer hailed as "a national treasure" by The Washington Post and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Library Book - gathers a lifetime of musings,

The Social Lives of Animals / Ashley Ward

A rat will go out of its way to help astranger in need.Lions have adopted the calves of their prey. Ants farm fungus in cooperatives. Why do we continue to believe that life in the animal kingdom is ruled by competitionInThe Social Lives ofAnimals,biologistAshley Wardtakes uson a wild touracross the globeas he searches for a more accuratepicture of how animals build societies. Warddrops in on a termite mating ritual (while his guides snack on the subjects) ,visits freelance baboon goatherds, and swims with amixed family of whales and dolphins.Along the way, Ward shows thatthe social impulses we've long thought separatedhumansfrom other animals mightactually beour strongest connection to them.Insightful,engaging, and often hilarious,The Social Lives of Animalsdemonstratesthat youcanlearn more about animals by studying how they work together than byhow theycompete.

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments / Aimee Nezhukumatathil

An Esquire Best Book of 2020 A BookPage Best Book of 2020 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2020 A Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Pick for 2020 An Indie Next Pick, September 2019 A Publishers Weekly "Big Indie Boo

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Including the collection of Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus


Poudre River Public Library District
(970) 221-6740

Including the collection of
Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus