Travels with Charley in Search of America
Consider this travel history the closest thing we’ll get to a memoir or autobiography from John Steinbeck. In this nonfiction account, he travels all over America in the early 1960s. He visits nearly forty states and has his standard poodle Charley along with him for the entire ride. While it mainly gives a portrait of the nation and one of our most beloved writers during years of great upheaval in the United States, it also shows the nature of true, unadulterated companionship.
Calling adopted dogs and cats rescue animals is true in more ways than one. Not only do we rescue them from the shelter system, but they rescue us right back. Julie Barton’s heart-wrenching memoir of how adopting her golden retriever, Bunker, helped her break through her depression illustrates this beautifully.
I’ve never read a Babysitter’s Club book. That might be shocking to many of my friends who grew up reading them, but, instead, I fell in love with a series called The Animal Inn. Sadly, the series is now out of print, but it left a distinct impression on me. The books followed a family who ran a veterinary practice. The plots revolved around rescued racehorses and circus animals as well as the ever-growing menagerie at the family’s farm.
Animals are such an important part of our lives, that it’s no surprise they are the subject of books for all ages. I might have grown up reading The Animal Inn series, but I’ve since moved on to other titles that still show just how much our pets mean to us. Here are a few titles that show the power of animals in our lives.
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