The life and times of a girl who has always loved animals, or how I went from dreaming about Rin Tin Tin to having dogs, cats, chickens, fish, cattle, turkeys, and guinea fowl, with guest appearances by horses, lions, and canaries.
I'm the product of a happy and uneventful childhood in the suburbs of Cleveland, followed by a happy and pretty eventful four years as a student at University of Michigan. From there, I wandered to the West Coast, landing in Portland, Oregon, where I managed (somehow) to get a job as a writer. This had been my dream, of course, but I had no experience and no credentials. What I did have, in spades, was an abiding passion for storytelling and sentence-making. I fell in love with the experience of writing, and I've never stopped. From Portland, I moved to Boston, where I wrote for the Phoenix and the Globe, and then to New York, where I began writing for magazines, and, in 1987, published my first piece in The New Yorker. I've been a staff writer there since 1992.
I would also like to recommend the twelfth essay in Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker edited by David Remnick. The essay is by Susan Orlean too. It was my first encounter with Orlean and since then I have wanted to read all that I could get by her. The essay is entitled Show Dog and it is about Biff Truesdale, a boxer. I mean the dog type. I don’t know if I was supposed to laugh from start to finish, but I did. It is about dog trainers, dog breeders and dog showing. Read it if you want a good laugh.
Filled with dogs, chickens, goats, cows, horses and other members of the animal kingdom, this is a very cute autobiographical account by Susan Orlean about the role that animals have played in her life. The line I like the most - Animals "have no real purpose other than to give a warm, wonderful, unpredictable texture to my life every day. I wouldn't have it any other way." I couldn't agree more!
Ready for more than dogs and cats and enjoy country life? Animals and their chaos and closeness can grow on you. Opening up to raising whatever has its benefits. Enjoyed the positive energy of the story.
This supershort e-book is like a summary of the animals in the author's life. If you love animals as much as me, you are most probably gonna like it for the simple reason that it talks about animals. I have always said that I would love to live in a zoo and it just made me think about that again.
Also, if you are looking for more detailed heart-warming animal stories, try Mahadevi Verma's stories. I read those as a child and still remember the animals fondly. :)
This is one of these Kindle/Essay books and I am growing quite fond of the format. Long reads but not book length and available at a reasonable price. In this Susan orlean explores her love of and need for animals in her life. She is wild and whacy about how this developed and manifestied itself over time. It's a fun read from a good writer.
Not really a book, more like a short essay about the author's love of animals. Regardless, it was enjoyable. I got this from Kindle because I heard the author on NPR and I liked her interview. I thought this would be a good way to test her as a writer. She passed, I will read more of Susan Orlean.
A brief yet sweet look into a woman's early interest in animals that developed into a lifetime love of creatures big and small and the rural way of life resulted from it. A simple look at how appreciation for other species can be extremely rewarding, regardless of whether one lives in a major metropolitan area or out in farm country. For a quick read, I enjoyed this.
This was advertised as a "Kindle Single." I thought novella or short story but what I got (for $1.99) was an essay. I've written longer emails than this tale of a woman who loved animals, moved to the country, and got more animals. Don't bother getting it. It's over in 15 minutes.
this was a super short book-like thing. i liked the story the author tells, but i feel like she put a lot of story without a lot of purpose. nonetheless, i felt a strong sense of connection with the author's desire and fascination for animals. need goats