Laura Hillenbrand brought this horse magnificently to life.  When this book was making its rounds I let it pass me by, thinking why would I want to read about a horse?  Boy was I wrong.  I did things backward in this case as well, watching the movie first which in this case actually worked out for the better.  I was able to constructively see the challenges with the movie versus the book.

And I found one glaring plot hole they left out in the movie.  I realize that movies can’t include every significant storyline from the book.  However, I thought  this piece of the story was significant enough to have placed in the movie.  The plot line directly influenced the entire story.
I loved this book and think it is not just a book about horses, it is also a story about American Ingenuity.

Merle’s door:
Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
Ted Kerasote
Merle’s Door will always hold a special place in my heart because a close friend who recently passed recommended the book to me.

While camping in the mountains, author, Ted Kerasote bumps into a Labrador mix dog who was living on his own in the rugged mountainous area where Kerasote was hiking.  The two bonded and Mr Kerasote made a decision that would alter both of their lives.  Ted decides to adopt the dog and bring him home.

Having lived in on his own for as long as Ted Kerasote can imagine, he can’t bring himself to confine his new friend to human living.  Once back in his home, the book takes on a new form, teaching us what the author feels is the best way to train a dog.  While Mr Kerasote himself lives in an area that affords him the ability to train Merle the way he sees fit, there are are so many things that we are not doing, that Kerasote points out that we COULD be doing.

This book left an impression on me not simply because a close friend recommended it, not simply because it was enjoyable to read, but also because it gave us tools to be educated about how dogs instinctively behave and how we can better understand them and how to give them the life they most want.

I’ve given this book to many of my friends and family who own dogs as I feel  the book will certainly help all dog owners.  If you have a dog, or are considering getting one, this is a book you should own in your library and refer to it often.

David Clement Davies
Okay, I’m sort of breaking an unwritten rule with Firebringer as the previous two books were non fiction.  However as I was looking for topics for this blog, I couldn’t decide on a third non fiction book to write about.  I opted for Fire Bringer.  This book is similar to another favorite of mine by Richard Adams, Watership Down which is about rabbits.

Firebringer is about a herd of deer.  I can’t begin to explain how much I love this book.  It’s one of the books I reread occasionally as it has left that lasting an impression on me.  Good and Evil play starring roles in this book and I found it giving strong life lessons throughout.  For that reason alone I thoroughly recommend it and though it is written for young adults, I read it about six years ago and I think the book has value for anyone who decides to give it a try.

Until next time…
…Turn the page.



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