The BookBrowse Review

Published August 2, 2023

ISSN: 1930-0018

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15 Books About Animals to Inform and Inspire

Posted: July 27, 2023 10:32 AM

Books about animals
If you love reading books about animals, you're not the only one! Animals can evoke a sense of both the familiar and the otherworldly. As children, many of us read books featuring cute anthropomorphic cats, dogs, rabbits, bears, birds and other furry or feathered friends living through relatable circumstances. Many of us also read books full of fascinating facts about wildlife, or about extinct creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. In adulthood, we can continue using reading to celebrate our connections with animals as well as to explore the details of how they exist in the world.

Below are recommended books from recent years, both fiction and nonfiction, to bring you a little closer to all the other beings with whom we share the planet. Some of them inhabit an animal point of view, while others consider how much people may be able to learn from living alongside animals. These also make great choices for book clubs.


Historical Novels with Strong Women

Literary Quiz: How well do you know your historical fiction? See if you can identify these seven historical novels featuring strong women that BookBrowse has reviewed.


A F Out O W

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Answer to the last Wordplay:

Question: A Good M I H T F

Answer: A good man is hard to find

Meaning: It is not easy to find decent human beings/qualified people

This phrase appears to have been coined by Eddie Green as the title of his 1918 song A Good Man Is Hard To Find.

A good man is hard to find
You always get the other kind
Just when you think that he is your pal
You look for him and find him fooling 'round some other gal
Then you rave, you even crave
To see him laying in his grave
So, if your man is nice, take my advice and hug him in the morning, kiss him ev'ry night,
Give him plenty lovin', treat him right
For a good man nowadays is hard to find, a good man nowadays is hard to find.

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" is also the title of a 1953 story by Flannery O'Connor; and the title of her 1955 short story collection.

The sentiment dates back much earlier. For example in the King James Bible version of the Book of Micah, 7:2: "The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net."

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