Monday, November 15, 2010


Mailbox Monday is a weekly bookish meme created by Marcia over at The Printed Page and is now a blog tour!  This month it is hosted by Julie over at Knitting and Sundries.  I love her blog, she is also doing a giveaway every week of her hosting! 

My mailbox is a combo of freebies and purchases, first I recieved a book from the publisher that I was SUPER excited about as I saw it last year over at The Literate Housewife and really really wanted it then and now I have it!  It is:
Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures by Trace Chevalier
Here is the blurb:
From the moment she's struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has "the eye"--and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is barred from the academic community; as a young woman with unusual interests she is suspected of sinful behavior. Nature is a threat, throwing bitter, cold storms and landslips at her. And when she falls in love, it is with an impossible man. Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a recent exile from London, who also loves scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.
Remarkable Creatures is a stunning novel of how one woman's gift transcends class and social prejudice to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century. Above all, is it a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship.

I have purposefully NOT read the blurb because a lot of the time I like to go in completely fresh with only a vague notion of what the book is about.  I know that it is about fossils and given the cover I am guessing it is set in the 18 or 19 hundreds. 

Some books I bought:

The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson

This is perhaps one of THE most important books written about dogs and their relationship with humans ever written.  It is a classic in the dog training world, and I have only just started it but already am completely enthralled and learning a TON. 


Dogs:  A new understanding of canine origin, evolution and behavior by Lorna and Ray Coppinger
A great book based on years of study by a husband and wife.

And this one:

Canine Behavior:  A Photo Illustrated Handbook
by Barbara Handelman
Dogs have deliberate, subtle, and often humorous ways of expressing themselves. Canine Behavior - A Photo Illustrated Handbook includes 1,000 images of dogs, wolves, coyotes, and foxes. It was created for everyone interested in dogs—pet owners, trainers, veterinarians, ethologists, and behaviorists. Using the interdisciplinary language of photography, Barbara Handelman illustrates and explains canine behavior and communication. Her book establishes a common understanding and vocabulary for people interested in, and working with, dogs.  
This book is loaded with pictures of dogs and wolves in various behaviors in play, agression, fear etc.  Fantastic!

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9 Blabs:

Heather said...

i have Remarkable Creatures also waiting. I could also benefit from reading some dog books. my dog has separation anxiety and it drives me crazy.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I can't wait to see what you think of Remarkable Creatures. It is on my wish list. I need a book on canine behavior...we have some issues here.

Cathy said...

I have Remarkable Creatures waiting for me, too. Enjoy!

Mystica said...

My dog also has separation anxiety very badly and its a big problem for me as well.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Oh, I love the cover of Dogs.

Julie said...

ahhh... cute puppy pictures .. always a great way to get the commenting going! Remarkable Creatures just looks so absolutely lovely ... I'm going to have to put it on my to-buy list!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Anna said...

There is too much cuteness in your pile of new books. ;) Happy reading!

TheBookGirl said...

I am particularly interested in those dog books -- I had never heard of The Culture Clash, but I am going to look for this one today. I have sort of given up trying to figure out my dog (he's definitely thinking all the time, I just don't know what, lol).

Lisa said...

Hey Heather~! I have heard of lots of dogs with that issue. Some people have had luck with giving a Kong filled with treats to distract your dog while you leave. One trainer I know puts wet dog food and then freezes the kong so the dog has to work for 45 minutes or longer to get it out. Licking is very soothing and relaxing for dogs, you never know it might work!

Beth: I hear you! Dogs are awesome but can drive a person bananas no matter how much we love them! I have a great book suggestion: The Thinking Dog by Gail Tamasis Fisher. She was a traditional trainer (like I was) that crossed over into clicker (operant conditioning) training, and this book is largely why I switched as well! Another great book is When Pigs Fly.

Cathy: can't wait to read your thoughts after you have read it!

Mystica: I'm not sure what you have tried, but like I suggested above, an engaging thing like trying to get frozen wet food out of a Kong will be enough to distract your dog in your absence. And if you ONLY give it to them when you are leaving they will eventually be excited when you get your coat on because they will know their Kong is coming!

Mary: I know, SO CUTE!

Jewelknits: I know, I love when a discussion happens! Who doesn't like comments?! :0)

Anna: Thanks, Anna, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Hey Book Girl, I know, my dogs too are always thinking... smarter than me most of the time! LOL!

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