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.
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.
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.
May 23: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died on this day in 1934, gunned down in a police ambush on a road in the north Louisiana woods. The Barrow Gang's crime spree was short and small time, but the young "celebrity bandits" were…