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NCLBPH Adults Summer Reading List

A list of books available to download or order from NCLBPH

Here are some titles we’ve pulled from our collection to go with this year’s Summer Reading theme: Tails & Tales! This list is geared towards adults and older teens!


Traveling with Service Animals: By Air, Road, Rail, and Ship across North America

A newspaper columnist and a travel writer, both seasoned travelers with service dogs, give advice for how best to navigate the challenges of such travel. They give general guidance as well as specific regulations and service animal policies on planes, trains, cruise ships, and more. 2019.

Leaving the Wild: The Unnatural History of Dogs, Cats, Cows, and Horses

This book explores the ever evolving relationship between humans and domesticated animals. The domestication of animals changed the course of human history. But what about the animals who abandoned their wild existence in exchange for our care and protection? Domestication has proven to be a wildly successful survival strategy. But this success has not been without its drawbacks. Human values and choices determine an animal's lot in life even before he or she is born, for good and or ill. Some violence.

Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You Too

A former tech executive who became president of Humane Society Silicon Valley examines the curative powers of rescuing shelter animals. Includes individual stories of the physical and mental benefits of pet adoption, with supporting statistics and scientific studies. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy professor discusses the history of ideas on the moral status of non-human animals in Western and non-Western cultures. Examines the existence and nature of animals' feelings and interests. Explores the ethics of keeping zoo animals, the harm of confinement, the issue of animal research, and alternatives. 2002.

Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary

Started in 1982, Best Friends shelters abandoned and injured animals on its 3,000 acres in Utah.

Lost Companions Reflections on the Death of Pets

The author of The Inner Life of Animals (DB 89929) looks at how people grieve when they lose a pet. He looks at the psychology of grief and stresses the importance of mourning the loss of animals that share our lives. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

The Road to Utopia how Kinky, Tony, & I Saved more Animals than Noah

The heartwarming, often hilarious story of how Kinky Friedman, Nancy Parker-Simons, and Tony Simons have saved over 1,000 lucky animals at their Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me

Author recounts a season on his forty-two-acre upstate New York spread, where he attempted to train three border collies--Orson, Homer, and Rose--to herd sheep. Describes the challenges of farming and dog-training and relates the ways his relationship with the canines helped him to become a better person. 2004.

Training You to Train You Cat

A noted veterinarian offers step-by-step instruction on how to train your cat easily and with kindness. Dr. Whitney's techniques can be applied to any desired project or purpose and with any kind of cat.

Animal Talk Interspecies Telepathic Communication

An animal expert shows readers how to use telepathy to "talk" with the animals they love.


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