Sink Your Teeth Into Animal Happiness, by Vicki Hearne

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Animal Happiness, by Vicki Hearne is the easiest of her books to read. For me. And, here's why it may be that for you. Rather than carefully making your way through her prose, stopping to figure out her many layered philosophical references, or unexpectedly falling over a punch line before you get back to the story that she started five pages back ... you are immediately engaged; caught up in whichever story you've decided to read. Because this is a book that you don't have to read … [Read more...]

Did Vicki Hearne Write Only For Smart People?

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Reading anything by Vicki Hearne is a daunting experience; surely not for the faint hearted. There is an intellectual rigor to her writing that brings all of her gifts and talents to bear. She was not just an animal trainer who drew high praise from her peers - Carol Lea Benjamin, Donald Craig and Elizabeth Marshall, to name a few. Hearne was also a poet and a philosopher. She had STRONG opinions about all kinds of controversial subjects and she wasn't afraid to call a spade a spade as … [Read more...]