Staff Picks

Unlikely Friendships

Summary: 
What do an iguana and a house cat have in common? An owl and a spaniel? A rabbit and a guinea pig? According to Jennifer Holland, senior writer for National Geographic Magazine, these creatures are examples of animals who have formed what she calls interspecies friendships. This book tells the simple stories of 47 different instances of these relationships, with beautiful photographs that clearly illustrate the tales of this unique and remarkable bonding.

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So Anyway

Summary: 
This book is probably one of the most enjoyable books I have read in years. I found the first third of the book insightful as I began to understand a little more about him as an individual and what made him the way he was later in life. John Cleese writes the way he speaks and it was a pleasure to read. The rest of the book was a read through memory lane as I remembered all the shows and comedians and writers that he worked with. I had to put this book down only because I was crying so hard with laughter. I have to admit that I’m now quite sad to have finished.

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1066: The Year of the Conquest

Summary: 
David Howarth has written a uniquely interesting and scholarly treatise on 1066, documenting the year as well as scholarly sources allow. He then adds his own insightful views of events and minds of the major protagonists, Harold Godwin and William the Duke of Normandy. Where sources contradict he adds his own balanced thoughts and opinions. I enjoyed this book immensely, gaining a better understanding of why events played out the way they did and how the state of minds of Harold and William lead to the outcome that saw the last successful invasion of England.

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