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Animal Tales for Adults

Summer is here, and that means it’s time for Summer Reading Programs! There's a Summer Reading Program for all age groups, including a special challenge for adults! Sign up and get started at

The theme for this year's program is Tales and Tails. If you need ideas for some animal stories to read this summer, look no further! From mysteries to romance to nonfiction, the Library has something for every animal lover.


A Dog's Purpose : A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
Megan Anderson loves the animals at her no-kill shelter. She'll do anything for them- even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who is in way over his head. She'll help him sort out his troubles, but getting too close to an adorable puppy's human counterpart? Been there, done that, got burned. When Craig Williams arrived at the local shelter for help, he didn't expect a fiery young woman to blaze into his life. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it's not just animals Megan is adept at saving- she could be the one to rescue his heart.

Born Free : A Lioness of Two Worlds by Joy. Adamson
A woman describes her experiences raising an orphaned lion cub intending that it eventually return to the jungle.

Brood : A Novel by Jackie Polzin
Our nameless narrator stubbornly tries to keep her small brood of four chickens alive and safe over the course of one savage winter in Minnesota. Woefully unprepared for the task, she battles the relentless predators, severe weather and unforeseen bad luck--all the while grieving a recent miscarriage, and coming to terms with her infertility and the accompanying uncertainty that her future holds.

Dewey : The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
The story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat, starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the book return slot at the Spencer, Iowa, Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

Marley & Me : Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
Number one on the New York Times Best Seller list, this hilarious yet touching memoir of life and love with the world's worst dog by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan appeals to everyone. Marley's unruly behavior, fierce loyalty, exuberance for life, and unconditional love leave a lasting impression on everyone. He may not be perfect--he's kicked out of obedience school--yet he's always there for John and his blossoming family. Whatever the end result, Marley's intentions, and the lessons he teaches, are pure.

Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Thousand Acres" and the New York Times best-selling Last Hundred Years Trilogy, a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals--and a young boy--whose lives intersect in Paris.

Seabiscuit : An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Describes how three men worked together to turn a rough-hewn, undersized horse into one of the fastest horses in racing history.

The Animals Among Us : How Pets Make Us Human by John Bradshaw
The bestselling author of "Dog Sense" and "Cat Sense" explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human.

The Art of Racing in the Rain : A Novel by Garth Stein
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun
Former award winning news reporter Jim Qwilleran is assigned to the art world as his new news beat. When a murderer sticks a knife in the neck of a local gallery owner and goes berserk among the works on show, Qwilleran gets help from his Siamese cat to solve the mystery.

The Intimate Bond : How Animals Shaped Human History by Brian M Fagan
Through an in-depth analysis of six transformative human-animal relationships, Fagan shows how our habits and our very way of life were considerably and irreversibly altered by our intimate bond with animals.

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey
What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time? Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.

Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown
Postmistress of Crozet, Virginia, Mary Harry Haristeen has a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her. But as murders are discovered all over Crozet, Harry remembers that every victim received a postcard with a picture of a graveyard on the front and the message "wish you were here" on the back.


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