• ANIMALS

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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  • ANIMALS

Wolf

Garry Marvin's entry in Reaktion's Animal series, each of which explores the historical significance of a particular creature, addresses the big bad wolf. Though it wasn't always so. Early hunter-gatherer societies revered the wolf. But with the domesticization of livestock, Canis lupus became a feared adversary. Marvin traces the animal's impact on human society and concludes with the wolf's recent reemergence as a totem of the swiftly-disappearing wilderness.

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  • ANIMALS

Cat Stories

Cats: They're furry, they're playful, and even if they don't seem to need us, they do sometimes knead us. Editor Diana Secker Tesdell has pulled together stories that celebrate our feline friends by authors including P. G. Wodehouse, Doris Lessing, Damon Runyon, Italo Calvino, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Purr-fect for literature-loving cat fans of all stripes.

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April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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…

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