July Reading Pile

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella, Alan Bennett
“When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.” —from the publisher

Every Living Thing, James Herriot
“The world-famous Yorkshire vet returns with endearing tales of people, animals and the wonder of life itself. Here is all the warmth, humor, drama, and local color we’ve come to expect, and a deep sense of the joys and trials of life in the English countryside. Herriot’s rare literary voice speaks to our hearts and minds.” —from Barnes & Noble

The Wolf in the Parlor, Jon Franklin
“A man and a puppy exhumed from a 12,000-year-old grave send a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer on a journey to the dogs.” —from the publisher

Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz
“Alexandra Horowitz’s smart new book fills a niche in this field. Most authors seeking to explain canine minds are pushing a trendy training style or a worthy humane-treatment goal. Horowitz sets out to study dogs for their own fascinating sake…Inside of a Dog offers a thoughtful take on the interior life of the dog, a topic often left to poets and philosophers and Marley & Me. A Barnard psychologist, Horowitz doesn’t deliver an academic monograph based on, say, freshly unearthed details about the wild dogs of the Siberian steppe. Rather, she mixes observations of her own dog with a breezy survey of animal-science literature as she ponders more basic questions about the pet dogs of the American living room: What’s with the sniffing? Why do they bark? Oh, and do they actually like us? The result is a work long on insight and short on jargon.” —Michael Shaffer, The Washington Post

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