This past month, Senior Book Break read about animals.
Here are the books and other fun goings-on from the meeting:
Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry. We did not know until reading this book that the humorist Dave is 75 years old and his dog is 11. Lucy the dog is aging gracefully, and Dave decided he has learned much from his dog: patience, don’t be afraid to make new friends, do not forget old friends, and why worry?
After chapters on all these topics, he gave himself a grade on each and decided that he got an A on reaching out to old friends. This gave him the greatest joy as when he called old friends, they were happy to hear from him and that made his joy expand. This book was laugh-out-loud funny and made you think.
Random Acts of Kindness by Animals by Stephanie LaLand. This book had short paragraphs about a variety of animals. It made our reader think about animals they had known and about the kindness they had received from those animals that was only appreciated in hindsight.
Stay: Lessons My Dog Taught Me About Life, Loss, and Grace by Dave Burchett This book featured more lessons learned from a dog. "When Dave first learned of [his dog] Hannah’s cancer diagnosis, he decided to take whatever time he had left with Hannah to cherish the moments and capture his thoughts in a journal. As he wrote about his canine friend, he soon realized that Hannah was an able (and furry) mentor of faith, grace, kindness, and forgiveness."
Kissed by a Fox and Other Stories of Friendship in Nature by Priscilla Stuckey. This was more a new age and spirituality book, rendering lessons taught. But who could forget being kissed by a fox? "A collection of essays from the author of Tamed by a Bear that will make you think about life and nature in a different way” (Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation).
Seven Cats and The Art of Living by Jo Coudert. The cats finally get in a word, though more of a mind searching nature. Cats would be Buddhists of the animal world. "Jo Coudert uses her 7 cats and 1 dog as the basis to draw some apposite conclusions about human behavior after spending a lot of time observing the way they conduct themselves."
Hot Dog (A Melanie Travis Mystery, Book 9) by Lauren Berenson. A dog-loving sleuth goes hunting for the answers to a doggie-centered mystery. Our reader said it was lighthearted, well written, and easy to read and enjoy. "Plenty of twists and turns for a tight, suspenseful package." --Publishers Weekly