Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nonfiction November 2018--Week 3!

This event is being cohosted by the following five bloggers: 


I have been too busy to post anything for Week 1 or Week 2 until now, 
but am determined to make time to post for Week 3 during Week 3!
(I apologize for the differently-colored links!)

Week 3 (November 12-16): Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert
There are three ways to participate this week!

You can share three or more books on a single topic 
that you have read and can recommend--BE THE EXPERT
You can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic 
that you have been dying to learn more about--ASK THE EXPERT
You can create your own list of books you would like to read that discuss a topic about which you would like to learn more--BECOME THE EXPERT

I have chosen option 3!
I really want to read more about animals, and particularly the human-animal connection.

One of the very best books I've ever read about animals and the animal-human connection was Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence's The Elephant Whisperer
Each member of the book club I facilitate agreed!
While it may not be considered strictly scientific but rather anecdotal, it is absolutely amazing and excellently demonstrates just how little we humans "know" about animals!
I myself consider such "qualitative data" just as valuable as "quantitative data"! 
Sometimes even moreso! 

Again, more anecdotal evidence, but Anthony Bourke and John Rendall's 
A Lion Called Christian: 
The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion 
is a book I absolutely adored! As did each member of the book club I facilitate!
There is an unbelievable reunification video on YouTube 
that demonstrates just how little we may really KNOW about any animal(s)... 
Warning: it makes me cry every time!

These are the related books I fully intend to read in the future:
(Should I happen to live long enough! lol)

Katy Payne's Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants

Carl Safina's Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Virginia Morell's Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures

Barbara King's How Animals Grieve

Tom Michell'sThe Penguin Lessons
One man. One Penguin. Hidden. Through Customs. Across borders. 
Each member of my book club loved this one as well!

David Quammen's The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
While I am a bit uncertain how much this book will address animal species other than 
homo sapien, I am fascinated by this idea of horizontal gene transfer (HGT).

David Quammen's The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged From an African Forest

Bronwen Dickey's 
Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon

Kathryn Bowers and Barbara Natterson-Holowitz' 
Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health

Frans de Waal's Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
This is something that has always bothered me. 
How do we humans KNOW we are 'smarter' than animals? 
My answer to that question? It's simple, really... We don't... 
But humanity certainly does NOT lack for arrogance in believing we are! 

Peter Godfrey-Smith's 
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Sy Montgomery's 
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the World of Consciousness

Susan Casey's 

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins
I loved her book The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean 
when I read it almost 6 years ago! Truly enjoyed her writing style!

Rachel Smolker's 
To Touch a Wild Dolphin: A Journey of Discovery with the Sea's Most Intelligent Creatures

Susan Casey's 
The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks

David Rothenberg's 
Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound

Wallace Nichols and Celine Cousteau's 
Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do
I found it amazing to discover this book on the heels of all the other books listed above 
that center around underwater animals! Hmmmm...

Linda Spalding's The Follow: A True Story
(formerly entitled A Dark Place in the Jungle Following Leakey's Last Animal into Borneo)
I'm betting this one is a tear-jerker!

How about you? 
Are you an expert? 
Do you wish to become an expert? 
Or would you rather just ask an expert? 

Happy reading!

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