on the bookshelves this month? Dogs, wolves, birds and
cats. And butterflies. Beautiful butterflies. Here are
some of the new animal-related books that have hit the
by Thomas Marent and Ronald Orenstein (Firefly): Writer
Orenstein and photographer Marent have teamed up to
produce a magnificent book on some of the most
interesting and beautiful creatures on Earth. Readers
will see the diversity of butterflies and learn their
history and ecology.
Home: Shelter Dogs & Their Stories" by Traer
Scott (Princeton Architectural Press): The dogs that
stare out at readers from the pages of Scott’s book
are haunting. The three dozen portraits by Scott, a
longtime shelter volunteer, are beautiful. She also
tells the stories of how each animal ended up in a
shelter. Do yourself a favor. Read "Finding
Home," then go out and adopt a shelter dog.
Herriot’s Animal Stories" (St. Martin’s Press):
In the third book of Herriot’s stories republished in
recent months by St. Martin’s (the other two focused
on dogs and cats, respectively), the late author regales
his followers with 10 charming tales featuring some of
the animals he encountered during his decades as a vet.
Wonderfully illustrated by Lesley Holmes.
Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf
Who Braved Bullying" by Jim and Jamie Dutcher
(National Geographic Kids): The Dutchers spent six years
living with a pack of wolves in Idaho, resulting in
three documentary films and three Emmys. Their research
now gives young readers this book about Lakota, a wolf
pup who learned to stand up to bullying.
Dogist: Photographic Encounters With 1,000 Dogs" by
Elias Weiss Friedman (Artisan): New York documentary
photographer Friedman started a photo project in 2013 to
celebrate man’s best friend. Since then, he has
featured more than 2,500 dogs. This book, with some of
his favorites, is impossible to look at without
laughing. There are categories — "ears,"
"cones of shame," "head tilts,"
"puppies" — and so many more. Hundreds of
Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and
Mammals" by Gerardo Ceballos, Anne H. Ehrlich and
Paul R. Ehrlich (Johns Hopkins University Press): Three
eminent conservationists show how humans have driven
thousands of animal populations into extinction and how,
in turn, humanity itself is threatened. It’s an
important topic underreported by the media and worthy of
public discussion. This book serves as a wake-up call.
Dogs Work" by Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein
(University of Chicago Press): Coppinger, professor
emeritus of biology at Hampshire College, and Feinstein,
a professor of cognitive science at Hampshire, take a
scientific look at dogs and other canids, such as wolves
and coyotes. They explain why dogs do what they do —
why they play, why they bark, how they forage — as
well as how they have evolved into the animals they are.
Love" by Leila Jeffreys (Abrams): Fine art
photographer Jeffreys offers some 80 color plates —
beautiful portraits — of birds from her native
Australia and North America. Songbirds, budgies, parrots
and birds of prey are among her lucky subjects.
Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons From a Divine
Knucklehead" by Douglas Green (Cavalleria Press):
Green, a psychotherapist specializing in kids and
teenagers, says that early on, he saw the dog he’d
adopted as something of a goof. But soon he realized
that Shirelle was "my greatest teacher, a guru of
the deeper truths of life." As the dog went about
living her life to the fullest, she opened his eyes.
Their lives meshed to the point that she helped him in
his counseling. Green has taken what he learned and now
imparts Shirelle’s lessons to the rest of us.
Hospital: Rescuing Urban Wildlife" by Julia Coey
(Firefly): Aimed at kids 9 and up, Coey’s book takes
readers into a wildlife rehabilitation center, where
they’ll learn how sick and injured animals are saved
and returned to their habitats.
to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly
Home" by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin (Tarcher
Penguin): Whether you’re considering getting a cat or
just want to upgrade your feline’s home — you know,
the home that used to be yours — Galaxy and Benjamin’s
book is the place to start. They explain how to design
your home to be not just cat-friendly, but also
conducive to making your pet’s life full and happy.
Legend, Enemy, Icon" by Rebecca L. Grambo
(Firefly): One of nature’s most fascinating and
misunderstood creatures is examined by Grambo. With
photographs by Daniel J. Cox, "Wolf" combines
science, history and current events to tell the story of
an animal that humans seem intent on destroying.