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Animal Protagonists for Adults

Animal Protagonists for Adults

Books with animal characters may seem like they’re only for kids, but there is a fantastic selection for adults too! From processing grief to bringing families together, these books offer a different perspective of life through the eyes of our furry and feathered friends. Click each book title to place a hold on a physical copy through the Evergreen Catalog, or check out our June featured book display at the library!

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

Enzo, more philosopher than dog, devoted his life to being more human-like. Looking back over the years, Enzo details the health issues, custody disputes, and struggles he and his loved ones experienced.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter

After their mother’s sudden death, two boys face unbearable sadness while their father, a scholar, imagines an empty future without his wife. A visit from Crow, a sentimental bird attracted to the family, disrupts their despair. Threatening to stay until they no longer need him, Crow plays antagonist, trickster, and babysitter to help the family heal.

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

Fleeing political unrest, a zookeeper and his family board a freighter to Canada. A storm strikes and sinks the ship, leaving the zookeeper’s son, Pi, and a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat. To survive the weeks and months at sea, Pi and the tiger must understand and trust one another.

The Friend, Sigrid Nunez

The loss of a woman’s best friend and mentor brings her both grief and the dog he left behind. Refusing to leave the Great Dane alone for long, the woman’s unraveling state is intensified by her isolation as she becomes obsessed with the dog’s health and emotions. What lies ahead for the pair is a surprising mix of troubles and rewards.


The Bees, Laline Paull

Flora 717 may be a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, but this bee is different from the rest. Her curiosity is both a flaw and a strength, allowing Flora to climb through the bee’s social structure and into the Queen’s inner sanctum. Discovering secrets and breaking sacred laws, Flora must reconcile her instincts to survive and obey with her drive for maternal love.


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