Do animals have souls? Some of our greatest thinkers -- Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas -- and countless animal lovers have been obsessed with this question for thousands of years.
Now in "Soul of a Dog" New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz looks for an answer and finds even more questions as he recounts the loves and stories of the residents of his celebrated Bedlam Farm.
Do these remarkable creatures have consciences? Do they possess free will? Do they have a sense of self, or an existence in the spirit world? With his signature wisdom, humor, and clarity, Katz relates the stories of the animals he lives with and finds remarkable kinships at every turn. Katz's reflections on this eternal debate will resonate with anyone who loves dogs, cats, or other animals -- and who wonders about the spirits that animate them and the deepening hold they have on our emotional lives.
"Soul of a Dog," by Jon Katz is on the Reserve Shelf at Walla Walla Public Library.
Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Other books include:
"Wings," by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful -- too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that float beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
"The Sorceress," by Michael Scott
Paris: Dr. John Dee has torn the city apart in every attempt to intercept the immortal Nicholas Flamel and Sophie and Josh Newman. Paris's streets are in ruins. Dee has the book of Abraham the Mage, but he's still missing the two pages the Dark Elders need for the Final Summoning. Without them the spell cannot be cast, and Dee is well aware that the Dark Elders will not rest until they are in power and the human race is destroyed -- or he is.
Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of legend, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders. But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find someone who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic -- Water Magic.
"Lighting Their Fires," by Rafe Esquith
In his bestselling book "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire," readers were introduced to Rafe Esquith and his extraordinary students in Hobart Elementary School's Room 56. Using his amazing and inspiring classroom techniques, Esquith has helped thousands of children learn to maximize their potential.
In "Lighting Their Fires," Esquith shows that children aren't extraordinary; they become that way as a result of parents and teachers who instill values that guide them not just in school, but for the rest of their lives.
"Lighting Their Fires" is that rarest of education books: one that explains not just how to make our children great students, but how to make them thoughtful and honorable people.
"Peace, Love and Baby Ducks," by Lauren Myracle; "The Sorcerer King," by Frewin Jones; "Am Odyssey With Animals," by Adrian R. Morrison; "Eating Animals," by Jonathan Safran Foer.