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A God in Ruins
by Kate Atkinson
A God in Ruins
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Maki

Maki (Ma'ingan -- Ojibwe for wolf): The Restless One

Owner of Louise

...little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love...

Kate Atkinson's quote from William Wordsworth, in her 2015 novel A God in Ruins resonate so strongly in these days of pandemic that I keep repeating them to myself. This book is so masterful and powerfully written that I wish I could repeat the experience of reading it for the first time. An unflinching story that centers on the skipper of a British bomber, raining fire and death on Germany during WWII, this book envelops the reader in family and public life. The terrible and casual proximity to death is both chilling and gives one perspective. A great, profound, compelling read. Atkinson has said that her main motive in writing is to entertain. This book does everything.

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We Are Water Protectors
by Carole Lindstrom
We Are Water Protectors
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Ryoga

Ryoga

Co-owner of Aza & Hilary

Ryoga loves We Are Water Protectors, written by Carole Lindstrom, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa author. The colorful, sweeping, compelling illustrations by Michaela Goade are based on all sorts of waves and ripples. Ryoga's favorite people love reading about how water is the basis of all life, dogs and people included. We must work together to protect water against the black snake. Of course, any puppy knows that the black snake isn't a real snake! The snake represents fossil fuels that will destroy the planet and ruin our life giving water. What an important message to learn early in life. What a beautiful life affirming book.

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Moon of the Crusted Snow
by Waubgeshig Rice
Moon of the Crusted Snow
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Kara

Kara

Owner of Pallas

Eerily prescient, ordinary and strange, Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice is Kara's read. A small remote Canadian Aboriginal community suddenly, with no warning and no reason, is cut off from the world. Indigenous people have suffered pandemics since the first European coughed on this continent. The book traces the emergency actions of people in the community. They have prepared well. And then a stranger enters...

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The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season
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Burger

Burger

Owner of Nadine

Burger is an honorary Birchbark dog, as she acts nothing like a typical cat and honestly, there's a good chance she believes herself to be a dog. She'd love to recommend a couple of titles by N.K. Jemisin because she has been craving a good fantasy to get lost in during this chaotic, apocalyptic, time. The Broken Earth trilogy is one of her all time favorite series. Start with the first book, The Fifth Season. This trilogy was the first in history to have every book win the Hugo Award for Fiction, three years in a row! It is brutal and beautiful and one of the best worlds ever created. Burger also just ate up N.K. Jemsin's new book The City We Became, so read that after The Broken Earth trilogy!

 


Disappearing Earth
by Julia Phillips
Disappearing Earth
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Remington

Remington

Owner of Martha

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. Lucky you! You have this novel to look forward to at this time when you need a good absorbing read! Don’t let the first chapter deter you because it will fill you with dread. You’ll be good after that. This Russian peninsula novel is full of landscape, culture, characters; all convincing and compelling! The sounds I made when I finished this really good book made my human start reading it immediately!!

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Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
by Michael Chabon
Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
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Sylvie

Sylvie

Owner of Prudence

A century ago, a handful of visionaries (including deaf and blind genius Helen Keller) founded the American Civil Liberties Union. When we read the essays in Fight of the Century, my human and I began to realize just how much we have to thank the ACLU for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. These folks have been on the front lines in the battle against discrimination, inequality and injustice, and many of their stories are told by 40 of the finest writers in the land, including our own Louise, in this amazing collection. We loved pieces by Louise Erdrich, Marlon James, Lauren Groff, Scott Turow, Jacqueline Woodson, Neil Gaiman… Oh, really, we loved them all. It’s a history lesson that will fill your heart with gratitude.

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Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country
by Sierra Crane Murdoch
Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country
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Marius

Marius

Owner of Carolyn

Marius is not a dog technically, but he would still like to contribute, and since he does play fetch he figures that gives him some clout in the dog lover community. Marius is an observant cat. He is fascinated by people and their constant activities so naturally he gravitates towards books based on the lives of people. When he's not playing fetch or playing catch-the-feather, it's nice to get his paws on a very carefully crafted true crime mystery like Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch. Nevermind that the title reminds him of his favorite feather toy, Yellow Bird is really about one very sharp, very tough and compassionate lady named Lissa Yellow Bird from the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota. Once a drug addict that came so close to losing everything, she decides to end that chapter of her life, redirecting her addictive energy into something more constructive -- she becomes obsessed with solving a missing person case.

 


Sea of Poppies
by Amitav Ghosh
Sea of Poppies
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Zuzu

Zuzu Patel

Owner of Hema

I’m a small town mutt rescued from Joplin, Missouri by Hema and her family about five years ago. Why do I like The Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh? Well there are lots of mutts in these books—a blend of people whose cultures and backgrounds are all tied together through the opium trade, which results in the opium wars. Book number one, Sea of Poppies, tells the interwoven tale of several island escapees who are running from accusations of mutiny, and end up on the deck of a schooner called Ibis, headed to what they hope will be a fresh start. The tales of these escapees created a legacy of cross cultural language, food, and art all mirroring the history of the Opium Wars. Other than reading this book I mainly watch squirrels outside my window, so you can imagine what a thrill I got from the pivotal love stories and nail biting twists of this book. These books helped me understand history through personal stories with a romantic touch, and what more could I ask for. This trilogy is rather fetching, wouldn’t you say? Enjoy!

 


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
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Bartolo

Bartolo

Co-owner of Aza & Hilary

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. When Bartolo glimpsed this title, he had only read "bones" and was already hooked. This book turned out to be a mystery, and not about milk bones, but what a book! An eccentric and somewhat grumpy lover of wildlife, a woman in her early late age, reports a strange set of murders almost surely conducted by animals of the forest in revenge for being hunted. This book is by Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk. Supposedly written as an escape from her more demanding work, it surprised the writer with its delighted reception. Perhaps because she wasn't trying to be profound, this book really is profound, as well as unquestionably entertaining. It would be the perfect book for Bartolo if only a bone fell off the last page.

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Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
by Joe Jackson
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
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Frank

Frank

Owner of Carolyn

Frank has been meaning to write to you for quite some time about Joe Jackson's bio Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary—a bio that is deeply researched and comprehensive in it's scope. Black Elk lived through and witnessed unbelievably horrific events like the Battle of Little Big Horn, the death of his cousin, Crazy Horse, and the Massacre at Wounded Knee. As a boy he witnessed the last buffalo hunts and when he grew up, he found himself traveling with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Europe. This book gives you insight into how the colonization of the Plains happened, how the reservations were formed and a sense that all of this happened not very long ago. Another interesting thing happens while reading this book -- you realize that Jackson's writing is compassionate. What comes across is that Black Elk is not a larger than life, legendary character but Black Elk starts to seem much more real, much more flawed and much more human.

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Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Me Talk Pretty One Day
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Ollie

Ollie

Owner of Kate and Elsie

I entered this world from South Dakota, but traveled far to join forces with a girl who dreamed of me for what seemed to be an eternity. It was Make-A-Wish® that made our union possible. My love for my human mommy is boundless, for I am at her side through it all. My human loves humor, and my job is also to entertain her. Since I am a Pug, it comes easy for me to amuse. I am the Jester to my Queen. My Queen finds it difficult most times to pick up this thing that smells very similar to the tall living wood structures outside that she encourages me to pee on. Humans spend many hours looking at these objects, and it appears that it offers some enjoyment. Our Palace has many of these items, and the Dowager Queen insists that they are coveted. It is my desire to comply so we are relishing the words by David Sedaris in Me Talk Pretty One Day. We are giggling through each short story of Sedaris’s memoir. It starts with Sedaris’s childhood in part one, and part duex shares about his experiences of moving to France and learning their language. Every chronicle of his life written in this book proves curious and entertaining. If light reading and a laugh is needed during you day, give this book a try. The Dowager Queen, does not recommend this book for children and puppies, for there is some strong inappropriate language.