This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs by Gary Paulsen

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

If you do not know who Gary Paulsen is….then we can’t be friends….I supposed we COULD, but you must read his books!  Gary Paulsen is the Newbery Honor–winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong . In this book he shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure.

Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom.

His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.

I found this book in Juvenile non-fiction section at the library and due to that fact, the book to me was too short!  I want to hear more of his stories other than those I have already read!  I highly suggest you read about the very interesting life of Gary Paulsen!  You will wonder where and when did he have time to write over 200 books?  A fantastic author and person to read about!

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

In spite of the macabre topic, Mary Roach must have had a ball doing her footwork for this book. Not happy to glean her information from published sources, Mary traveled extensively to conduct her research, and had doors opened for her that I doubt get opened very often.  This book has so many interesting tidbits on what happens to our bodies after we die. I was amazed and fascinated by the history and current research being done on human cadavers.   Although this book is not for the faint of heart, as we are obviously talking about cadavers here, you will yet find the interesting history behind the medical research being done every day to SAVE YOUR LIFE!  This was a book that I had to take in stride, due to all the information in each chapter that sent me pondering into the next day!  If your up for it, check this book out and let me know what you think!!