The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein

Fiction / Animals

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life ... as only a dog could tell it.
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The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer

Nicholas Evans

Fiction / Romance / Animals

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl’s savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her: a reason to believe.
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The Young Black Stallion

The Young Black Stallion

Steven Farley

Animals / Horses

In this prequel to The Black Stallion, we learn the story of the Black before he was shipwrecked with Alec Ramsay. Born in the mountain stronghold of Sheikh Abu Ishak, the colt shows great promise. During a band of robbers’ attempt to steal him, the colt escapes and learns to survive on his own in the high mountains. Will he ever find his way home? From the Trade Paperback edition.
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A Sudden Light

A Sudden Light

Garth Stein

Fiction / Animals

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all
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Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Amy Newmark

Nonfiction / Animals / Cats

It's Canada's 150th anniversary and a great time for these 101 stories about everything Canadian. These true personal stories are like love letters to this vast and beautuful country. You'll read about winter snow and summer cottages, hockey and national spirit, wilderness and wildlife, the cultural mosiac, that famous Canadian hospitality, and everything else that makes Canada unique.
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Wailings Along the Pemi

Wailings Along the Pemi

J. F. French VII

Mystery / Animals

It started off as just another overnight canoe trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Little did the campers know that they would be troubled by a haunting that has terrified the visitor's of the Pemigewasset River for over two hundred years. Short Story.Without You, I Am Only A Dream.This poetry ebook has poems that are all over the map. Most of the poems touch upon things like acceptance, compassion, existence, humor, love, mindfulness, nature, relationships, romance and more...Five poems speak of passed loved ones. The cover image is a photograph of the Parisian Pont Des Arts, which is also known as a "love locks" bridge. Couples in love attach padlocks with their first names written on the padlocks. Then, they throw the keys into the Seine to symbolize their committed love.Just as the bridge symbolically connects two points in space and time, two hearts in love, and carries many stories locked forever on its structure, this ebook of poetry is similar in function and design. Hence, the cover image is as you see it on this ebook.
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The Year the Lights Came On

The Year the Lights Came On

Terry Kay

Fiction / Animals

First published in 1976, The Year the Lights Came On was Terry Kay's debut novel. Revolving around the electrification of rural northeast Georgia shortly after the end of World War II, the novel has become a classic coming-of-age story. Kay, now an acclaimed writer with an international following, has reread the novel with the eyes of a seasoned storyteller. Cutting here and adding there, Kay has enriched an already highly comical and poignant work. The Year the Lights Came On is ready to find its place in the hearts of a new generation.
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To Iceland, With Love

To Iceland, With Love

I. C. Springman

Childrens / Picture Books / Animals / Birds

You know John and Jane. The couple next door. Two garden-variety government agents facing marital problems, a housing crisis, and long-term unemployment. Could it get any worse? Guess who just got voted most likely to overthrow the New World Order. "To Iceland, With Love" - a satirical ride to the dark side of the Global Financial Crisis...Some say we’re special, and that’s why we’re kept in seclusion. Beyond those walls evil lurks and innocent prey would be lost in minutes. Gone. Destroyed. Forgotten. Others say the opposite: we’re locked away because there’s something wrong with us. If we roamed the outside world, we might taint the beautiful ones. A species so pure, that to merely be in their presence is a gift. As for my beliefs…I’m not sure. But I do know one thing: neither of those reasons explains why it is that they come for us only after we’ve passed the age of sixteen. Whether we want to go or not, we’re taken through those iron gates. Escorted away from the only home we’ve ever known, escorted to our destiny—whatever that destiny may be—never to be seen again. The Beautiful Ones is a prequel intended to introduce Lori's newest Young Adult series. At around 21,000 words, this is a short story. This Young Adult Romance contains kissing, cursing and some violence. It is best for ages 14 and up. The Beautiful Ones: PrequelThe Chosen Ones: Book 1 (coming Spring, 2014)
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Luna the Autobiography of a Super Cat

Luna the Autobiography of a Super Cat

Luna Challis

Animals / Cats

I am a Cat who has had a lot of experiences in my 4 years. In my Autobiography with 21 pictures and 5000 words you can meet my friends like Michael, the local mob and the kind farmer, hate my enemies like the Big Fat Ugly Dog, the Bad Man and the Satanic Cat and laugh at the odd ideas of the enigmatic Bad Boy.I am a Cat who has had a lot of experiences in my 4 years. In my Autobiography with 21 pictures and 5000 words you can meet my friends like Michael, the local mob and the kind farmer, hate my enemies like the Big Fat Ugly Dog, the Bad Man and the Satanic Cat. and laugh at the terrible ideas of the enigmatic Bad Boy.You can share my grief and my joy.Michael says that I have delusions of Grandeur. He is wrong, I don't have delusions; I am Grand.Suitable for people aged from 8 to 118.
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Old Hunters on the New Wild

Old Hunters on the New Wild

Brian S. Wheeler

Animals / Birds / Environment / Nature

Wyatt Holmes, the great human hunter revered by the clones, embarks on his final expedition. Sickness eats his bones and crowds his lungs. Yet Wyatt still marches deep into the new wild. For he alone owns the will to kill what the hungry clone stomachs require, and Wyatt fears what may befall the original world if no other man or woman shoulders the last responsibility reserved for humankind.Wyatt Holmes has claimed nearly every trophy offered by the new world. He has fallen the graceful genolope, conquered the furious razor boar, and bested the terrible splicer-lynx. Yet on a last hunt upon the savanna, Wyatt discovers a new creature introduced to the second creation that is more splendid than any animal the tall grasses ever revealed to him. And Wyatt fears that humanity owns no defense against it.Cayden Holmes joins his father on a thrilling voyage into the new wild. He is determined to show his old man that he too owns the courage required to pull his rifle’s trigger and drop the game encountered in the veld. But Cayden finds that the killing is easier said than done. For every creature centered in his weapon’s scope reminds him of everything the lost world wasted, until shame weighs upon Cayden’s heart so that pulling that trigger feels impossible.Kendra’s face bears the clone’s mark - a pair of blue rings circling the right eye that conveys the secrets of her genetic construction. Her life has never been easy upon the savanna, but it had been consistent before the great hunter Wyatt Holmes brought his son onto the hunt. The dry season ends by delivering cataclysmic change to Kendra’s community, a change that forces Kendra and her kind to rely as never before on the hunters’ courage to pull their weapons’ triggers.For a new hunger has arrived in the second creation, one that threatens to forever upend the natural distinctions between the human and the clone.
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Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

Ralph Helfer

Nonfiction / Animals / Biography

Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. **Modoc is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.
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We Stop Ourselves - 10 Poems on Creativity,Doubt & Self-Belief

We Stop Ourselves - 10 Poems on Creativity,Doubt & Self-Belief

Paul Whybrow

Childrens / Picture Books / Animals / Dinosaurs

You can use all of your life experiences to create art. Why stop yourself ? The world is full of critics,so be an ally to yourself. Sometimes you just have to get on with things. It won't exist unless you make it so.Before Cell Wars is a short three chapter children's book to introduce a new character inside the human body. This fictional story is set inside the veins and arteries and we follow the main character Bands, a newly made white blood cell, on his adventures. Find out what a white blood cell's job is and how they help fight diseases and infections. This is an adventure story for 6-12 year olds combining fiction and scientific facts about the blood system (these have been verified by a medical practitioner). 'Cell Wars - In the Beginning' follows Bands in his adventures and was recently awarded a silver medal in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and was shortlisted in the Rubery Book Award 2014.
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How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

Garth Stein

Fiction / Animals

Fathers never forget seeing their kids for the first time. But Evan is greeting his son, Dean, fourteen years late. The boy had been shuttled secretly to another city, along with his teenaged mother, while still a newborn. Now his mother has passed away, and Evan is it—Dad. An instant single parent. Evan was once lead guitarist for a hot band with a hit single; now 31, he gets by as a guitar instructor to middle-aged guys, and does menial work in a music shop. With Dean in the picture he has to change fast, which means facing up to the past, to his own father, and to the epilepsy that haunts him and threatens his every moment.
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