Animal Books

Nonfiction

Alex and Me: How a scientist and a parrot discovered a hidden world of animal intelligence—and formed a deep bond in the process
Irene M. Pepperberg
This story of Alex, a famous African Grey parrot, documents his thirty-year relationship with his trainer and the ways in which his life has changed scientific understanding about language, thought, and intelligence.
Find it on the shelf: 636.6865 Pepperberg

Animals in translation: Using the mysteries of autism to decode animal behavior
Temple Grandin
An animal scientist draws on her experience as an autistic to identify commonalities between animals and autistics, offering insight into how animals process sensory information and how they often possess unrecognized savant-level talents.
Find it on the shelf: 591.5 Grandin

Be the pack leader: Use Cesar’s way to transform your dog, and your life.
Cesar Millan
A dog behavior expert demonstrates the skills one needs to become the family pack leader to help a dog live a balanced, fulfilled life, bringing together practical tips and techniques with real-life success stories.
Find it on the shelf: 636.7088 Millan

The Compleat cockroach: A comprehensive guide to the most despised (and least understood) creature on Earth
David George Gordon.
Find it on the shelf: 595.722 Gordon

Dewey, the small town library cat who touched the world.
Vickie Myron.
The life story of Dewey the library cat, while still a kitten Dewey was stuffed into the book drop of a public library in Spenser, Iowa. Adopted by the library’s staff, Dewey became the library’s mascot and a town favorite.
Find it on the shelf: 636.8092 Myron

Dog lover’s companion to the S.F. Bay Area.
Maria Goodavage.
A guide to dog-friendly destinations throughout the Bay Area, with information on dog regulations & laws for the areas featured.
Find it on the shelf: 917.9460 Goodavage

Fantastic cats: A feast of famed and fabled felines.
Desmond Morris.
Cats in mythology and history.
Find it on the shelf: 636.8 Morris

Homer’s odyssey: A fearless feline tale, or how I learned about love and life with a blind wonder cat.
Gwen Cooper.
A pet rescue volunteer and literacy outreach coordinator describes her relationship with a three pound blind cat with a daredevil character and affectionate personality.
Find it on the shelf: 636.8082 Cooper

Making rounds with Oscar: The extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat
David Doas.
A physician at a nursing & rehabilitation center in Rhode Island reports on the uncanny ability of the facility’s resident cat, Oscar, to instinctively know when a patient’s death is near.
Find it on the shelf: 362.175 Doas

Marley & me: Life and love with the world’s worst dog
John Grogan.
Follows the life story of an exuberant Labrador retriever who gets into perpetual trouble and experiences a range of inspiring adventures, driving his loyal and loving owners to distraction. 
Find it on the shelf: 636.7527 Grogan

Never cry wolf.
Farley Mowat.
Classic story of one naturalist’s study of Alaskan wolves, which disproved many of the centuries-old stereotypes held about these wild animals.
Find it on the shelf:599.773 Mowat.

A Primate’s memoir: A neuroscientist’s Unconventional life among the baboons
Robert M. Sapolsky.
A scientist’s interesting memoir of his two decades in the field studying members of a Kenyan baboon troop, and his insightful descriptions of their behaviors and personalities.
Find it on the shelf:599.8651 Sapolsky.

Seabiscuit: An American legend
Laura Hillenbrand.
The author retraces the journey of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.
Find it on the shelf:798.4 Hil

Senior cats
Sheila Webster Boneham.
Information on the specific health care and nutritional needs of your aging cat.
Find it on the shelf:636.8088 Boneham.

Superorganism: The beauty, elegance and strangeness of insect societies
Bert Holldobler & Edward O.Wilson
Close up look at the intricacies and behaviors of insect colonies.
Find it on the shelf:595.7178 Holldobler

The Tribe of tiger: Cats and their culture.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

An anecdotal look at cat behavior and feline interactions with people.
Find it on the shelf:599.75 Thomas

Winterdance: The fine madness of running the Iditarod
Gary Paulsen.
Fascinating account of children’s author Gary Paulsen’s relationship with his pack of sled dogs as they train for and run in the annual 1161 mile Alaskan Iditarod race.
Find it on the shelf:B Paulsen, Gary

Woof! Writers on dogs.
A compilation of anecdotes by well-known authors about the dogs in their lives.
Find it on the shelf:636.7 Woof

Fiction

Animal farm
George Orwell
Classic symbolic novel of political strife, set in a barn yard.
Find it on the shelf:FIC Orwell

The art of racing in the rain
Garth Stein
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe's maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.
Find it on the shelf:FIC Stein

The family tree
Sherri S. Tepper
Peculiar but charming tale set in an alternate world where human and animal roles are not always what they seem.
Find it on the shelf:S Tepper, S

Horse heaven
Jane Smiley
A novel about the world of horse racing in which the characters, both human and equine, make for an interesting and satisfying read.
Find it on the shelf:FIC Smiley

Watership down
Richard Adams
Surprisingly engaging novel about the trials and tribulations of a group of rabbits searching for a safe and permanent home.
Find it on the shelf:FIC Adams