Book Reviews

FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

If you’re like me, you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the environmental crisis and wonder whether small actions really make any difference. There’s healing to be found in a tiny, beautiful little book called FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD by Haida native Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
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ISBN: 9781553653721
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Published: Greystone Books - March 1st, 2008

Hummingbirds have long been a symbol of wisdom and courage. In this charming story, a hummingbird makes a valiant effort to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home trip after trip, her beak is filled each time withjust a drop of water.

ALEX AND ME by Irene Pepperberg

ALEX AND ME by Irene Pepperberg is a riveting account of the scientific and unmistakably intimate emotional relationship between this animal behaviorist and her late and now famous African grey parrot Alex.
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ISBN: 9780061673986
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2009

Alex & Me is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary relationship between psychologist Irene M. Pepperberg and Alex, an African Grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by demonstrating an astonishing ability to communicate and understand complex ideas.

Pet and Nature Books for Children

Looking for books for kids, maybe 4 and over?  We have a number about animals that  should appeal to most children and all lovers of animals.  BAD DOG MARLEY by Grogan and KATJE, THE WINDMILL CAT by Woelfle, are about pets who get into trouble,and then find a deeper love and secure home after performing heroic acts.  A HOME FOR DIXIE by Jackson, and TWO BOBBIES (a dog and a cat) by Larson are wond
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By John Grogan, Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061171161
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Published: Festival - July 26th, 2011

Make way for Marley!

Mommy, Daddy, Cassie, and Baby Louie welcome Marley, a lovable puppy, into their home. But Marley doesn’t stay a pint-sized pup for long. He grows and grows, and the bigger Marley gets, the bigger trouble he gets into. Big, bad-boy trouble. Will this family have to find a new home for their misbehaving pooch, or will he prove he can be a good boy?


The author offers us thoughtful and thorough exploration of Lincoln as an extraordinarily talented writer.
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ISBN: 9780060773366
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 2nd, 2010

“Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln offers penetrating insights on Lincoln’s ability to explain complex ideas in language accessible to a broad range of readers and listeners.” — James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books


Nature writer and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams has done it again. Her book FINDING BEAUTY IN A BROKEN WORLD will break hearts and mend them again. It’s a painfully honest, often challenging but always beautiful attempt to make sense of a post-911 world. Don’t miss it.  Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780375725197
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Published: Vintage - October 6th, 2009

"Shards of glass can cut and wound or magnify a vision," Terry Tempest Williams tells us.

READ-ALIKES: If-You-Loved-This-Author,-You’ll-Love-This-One-Too

So you’ve just finished the last book of your most recent favorite author and you are at a loss:  “What should I read next?  I loved this author/series/character?” Here at the Raven, we hear that from our customers often, and we love introducing people to a new author.  So here is a short “If-You-Loved-This-Author,-You’ll-Love-This-One too” list.
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ISBN: 9780312986766
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Minotaur Books - March 14th, 2003

Heavy Snow...Icy Desires...Cold-Blooded Murder