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Vesper Flights
by Helen Macdonald
Vesper Flights
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Maki

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

Owner of Louise

Helen Macdonald, author of much extolled H is for Hawk, has written a collection of essays on the ordinary and astonishing. The title essay of Vesper Flights describes the gorgeous frenetic dance that swoops of swifts and swallows perform as they feed at dusk. Macdonald is a wonderfully visual writer, and each of these essays is a minor masterpiece. This book would be the first gift I'd give to an amateur naturalist or to anyone who loves the small, the hidden, the exquisite tapestry of the wild.

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A Wolf Called Wander
by Rosanne Parry
A Wolf Called Wander
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Sylvie

Sylvie

Owner of Prudence

I've always been curious about my distant cousin, the wolf, so my human and I curled up with A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry. It is based on the story of a real-life wolf who was collared and tracked in Oregon. Wander is separated from his pack before he is fully grown and must learn to survive on his own. You are there beside him on his 1000-mile journey, as he longs for the pack he will never see again and uses his wits and instinct to avoid danger. It's such an exciting story, you barely realize how much you are learning about wolves and the other animals around them. This book was written for middle-grade readers but we think it's a good one for the whole family, including of course the family dog.

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The Death of Vivek Oji
by Akwaeke Emezi
The Death of Vivek Oji
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Burger

Burger

Owner of Nadine

The Death of Vivek Oji should skyrocket to the top of your reading list. You will want to read it in one sitting but also savor every second of it. Be wary of dog-earring the pages because you might end up marking every single one. For a character that dies in the beginning of the book, Vivek embodies so much life. This book will make you cry and will leave you wanting so, so much more. Akwaeke Emezi is an inspiration.

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Empire of Wild
by Cherie Dimaline
Empire of Wild
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Ryoga

Ryoga

Co-owner of Aza & Hilary

The Marrow Thieves has the most evocative Indigenous speculative fiction premise—Caucasian people have stopped dreaming and are going mad. Indigenous people have dreams stored in their marrow, so they are being hunted down and harvested. Freaky and feels true. Dimaline's first book is a hurtling dystopian adventure, and her second book, Empire of Wild, is also a hunt, but a desperate romantic adventure. Dimaline is Métis, or Michif, and she writes about a traditional hybrid monster who may have stolen her husband's soul. Creepy and also feels true. Cherie Dimaline is an eerie storyteller with a gift for the propulsive narrative!

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The Flight Portfolio
by Julie Orringer
The Flight Portfolio
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Zuzu

Zuzu Patel

Owner of Hema

Sometimes, during a hard time, you may flee in literature to a worse time. That would be a time when there were clear heroes, high stakes, noble and evil people clearly marked. WWII novels fill this need. I find it strange that such a fraught and violent time seems escapist. However, I cannot deny that The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer was so gripping that I could not stop reading and looked forward to picking it up every evening. The Flight Portfolio is a deeply romantic novel based (loosely) on the life of Varian Fry, who saved the artistic, literary, philosophical lights of Europe, as well as many other people. Astonishingly researched and at every turn compelling!

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Luster
by Raven Leilani
Luster
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Bartolo

Bartolo

Co-owner of Aza & Hilary

After the first sex scene/paragraph of Luster, you will follow author Raven Leilani anywhere. Doing so will get you into the household of her white adulterous lover and into a fraught relationship with her lover's wife and their adopted Black daughter. Our ferociously transgressive narrator is hilarious and terminally curious. Any voyeuristic thrill seeker will adore this book, as will an ordinary person who obeys all rules but secretly courts mayhem.

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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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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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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.

 


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.