Monday, March 27, 2017

Dogs and Anthropologists...(Book Reviews)

Hello, happy Monday morning! Its another wet, grey day here. Blech! So its a good time to discuss one of my favorite things: books!

I have been so busy trying to keep up with the book reviews that I am committed to doing for publishers, that I haven't shared what I've been reading for my own pleasure in a long while.

But believe me, no matter what, I am pretty much always reading something! So many books, so little time...

I have enjoyed the last two so much, I thought I would share.

The first is Fifteen Dogs, by Canadian writer, Andre Alexis.

When my mom first gave it to me and said it was written from dogs' perspective, I balked. I couldn't imagine finding it interesting. I am a cat person after all!

But after overcoming my prejudice, I decided to give it a try. Its about 15 dogs that are given human-like brains (and therefore cognitive abilities, intellect and emotions). I loved it!

I actually think that dog lovers may not like it because its a pretty cynical perspective on what dogs think of humans.

In any case, read it, its awesome.

The other recent gem I read was Euphoria, by Lily King.

It is loosely based on experiences of anthropologist Margaret Mead and others, though it is a fictional story. Having always found anthropology fascinating, I also adored this book, though it is also a love story as well.

Both are short reads, so perfect for a vacation if you are planning a little spring getaway.

I hope you'll give them a try.

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