11 Books To Read If You Believe In The Bond Between Animals & Humans
By Kerri Jarema
It's not rare to find books about animals on the shelves. Books like Marley & Me and A Dog's Purpose have been adapted from page to screen, to great fanfare, and there are more children's books about plucky heroines and their pets than can be counted on one hand. It's no secret why: many people are pet-lovers, or at the very least find animals fascinating and majestic creatures worthy of their attention both IRL and narratively. But what can be more difficult to find are books that delve into human relationships with animals in ways that are less saccharine and more introspective.
The list of 11 books below, both fiction and nonfiction, are all reads that dive into humans' relationships with animals. Some are about pets (The Friend by Sigrid Nunez and Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley are about dogs and their unique places in our lives), others are about sports (C.E. Morgans's The Sport of Kings follows horse raising while Kristin Knight Pace's memoir This Much Country is about sled dogs), but all give a unique look at the many different ways that animals can make a lasting impression of us in one way or another: