The Odyssey of KP2

Readers of the classic Ring of Bright Water will rejoice at this true story of a Hawaiian monk seal pup -- one of a dwindling population left in the wild -- rescued from near-certain death and raised by scientists in California. Eminent marine biologist Terrie M. Williams introduces us to KP2's irrepressible personality and his role in shaping the fate of his species.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…