many times have we heard that question?
How many times have our lives been enhanced by taking the
advice from someone asking that question?
Here are a few suggestions from critics, friends, and myself
that might fit your particular fancy.
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Love for the animals!
Drawing The Birds and The
by Brian Barfoot
This is no ordinary art book. If you wish
to read a tome filled with step-by-step
techniques on how to draw animals you
are advised to look elsewhere. However
if you are fond of illustrated stories
about a big dog's amorous advances or
a squirrel's winter chill, then read on.
The artist is Brian Barfoot and his area
is true tales of the birds and the beasts
A leopard unable to change its spots
A goat's tortuous tongue
A stone lion's regal
a crab's indiscretion in Mayfair
A cheetah's sexual savagery
HOLLYWOOD star bloodied by birds
And a rat's London Underground ride.
This collection of short autobiographical
stories by Brian Barfoot is lavishly illustrated
with over 80 of his striking animal drawings.
Amusing, captivating, informative. Quirky,
surprising: each of Barfoot's tales is
a true work of art.
Brian Barfoot has a passion for the birds
and the beasts; he is constantly compelled
to capture their beauty in his art. From
drawing lions and tigers in a California
sanctuary to giraffes in London Zoo. For
more of Brian's story go to www.brianbarfoot.com
idea as to who should write a foreword
to this little book of beasts came instinctively
to me as I was putting the finishing strokes
to a painting of a seagull. Birds and
Tippi Hedren go together like tigers and
stripes. Her love for all creatures is
almost as legendary as the Alfred Hitchcock
movies in which she starred; and as we
have known each other for well over half
my life there is no better person to pen
a few words about my animal art.
I called Tippi and she immediately accepted
the task of writing a 'short paragraph.'
The following day she emailed me with
one succinct comment, and it is far lovelier
than any formal foreword could ever be:
Dear Brian, I'm working on the 'short'
foreword to your book. You are not an
easy person for whom I can write something
short! I just love you for being such
an awesomely wonderful friend.
-- Tippi Hedren
Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
Garth Stein is the author of two novels,
"How Evan Broke His Head and Other
Secrets" and "Raven Stole the
Moon" and a play, "Brother Jones."
He has worked as a documentary filmmaker
and lives in Seattle with his family
A Sunday Oregonian Top 10 Northwest
Book Award Winner
A Pacific Northwest Book Award Winner
A Publisher's Weekly Listen Up!
Award Winner for Fiction
An Audio File Magazine Best Fiction
Book of the Year
An Indibound Best Seller
A Hudson Bookseller's Best Book of the
An Amazon Customer Favorite
perfect book for anyone who knows that
compassion isn't only for humans, and
that the relationship between two souls
who are meant for each other never really
comes to an end. Every now and then I'm
lucky enough to read a novel I can't stop
thinking about: this is one of them.
Seattle Times Best Book of the Year
Joyful in its language, creative in its
narration, and affecting in its story,
this is a terrific book.
It's impossible not to love Enzo.
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
One of those stories that may earn its
place next to Richard Bach's Jonathon
Livingston Seagull, Paulo Coelho's The
Alchemist, and Yann Martel's Life of Pi.
Fans of Marley & Me, rejoice.
I savored Garth Stein's "The Art
of Racing in the Rain" for many reasons:
a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive
racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and
- best of all - the fact that it is a
mediation on humility and hope in the
face of despair.
[After reading this book] I even began
looking at my dog, who I adore, in a much
Sharpe, Shambala docent
The Art of Racng in the Rain:
Drawing The Birds and The
by Jacque Heebner
Heebner's motto is: "Always create
a little magic and leave the world a better
From Des Moines, Iowa, where she was born,
Jacque Heeber attended girls' boarding
schools, the University of Arizona, and
the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,
from there she took a position in the
art and publicity departments at MGM Studios
and later went on to work at Warner Bros,
Paramount Pictures, and Universal, where
she had the opportunity to work for Robert
Aldrich, William Peter Blatty, Jerry Weintraub,
Richard Zanuck, Frank Sinatra, Alan Jay
Lerner, and Warren Beatty. She was excited
and stimulated working in the movie business.
People had ideas, stories to tell, scenes
and dialogues to write. She loved all
the artistic levels and creative ingredients
that went into making a movie. It was
her time spent at the film studios that
laid the foundation for her future design
and event planning business,
Jacque Designs, Inc.
fell in love and married Dr. Robert A
Heebner, whom she was happily married
to for twenty-five years until he passed
away. She set to work restoring their
Greene and Greene home in Long Beach that
is now listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, by the United States
Department of the interior. Jacque became
involved in a number of charitable and
fund raising events to raise awareness
and money for these causes. People loved
what she created. They had experienced
a night to remember in a fabulous setting,
where they were entertained and appreciated
for their contributions.
also became a columnist for the Seasons
section of the Los Angeles Times, and
the Los Angeles Daily News where she interviewed
successful people, and would lend her
advice and tips of what makes a great
party. She still contributes her time
to charitable and civic causes both in
Los Angeles and Newport Beach - all the
while running a business that delivers
satisfaction to clients throughout Los
Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Arizona.
beautiful Beverly Hills Tiffany, Tiff
to a select few, will guide you through
a most fascinating, page flipping murder
mystery. It deals with the rich, the conniving,
the rock and film stars, the devious and
then ever clever detectives. However,
none is more clever than the magnificent
Tiffany in solving the crime, with its
intriguing cast of celebratory characters.
By the way, Tiffany is a hot tortoise-shell
--Tippi Hedren, icon, American actress,
founder of Shambala Preserve for Big Cats
& Exotic Animals
I'm a dog person, but I really love
--Roger Williams, world-renowned pop concert
pianist; gold and platinum recording artist
I loved having Jacque Heebner, and her
furry sidekick, Ms. Tiffany, as students
in my writers workshops. Now you get to
have this fun, fabulous mischievous pair
at your house
--Kelly Lange, writing teacher and author:
the Maxi Poole mysteries
A cute and very enjoyable easy read.
We love cat Tiffany and her point of view
with humans and their flaws.
--Carla & Lou Ferrigno, famed American
actors, body builders, patriots, and animal
by A.W. Gryphon
A. W. Gryphon is a novelist and screenwriter
living in Southern California. Blood Moon
is her first novel and the first book
in her Witches' Moon Series.
A tale of modern day witchcraft, power
an engaging suspense.
Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews
Be prepared for A.W. Gryphon to take
you on a journey of the much-researched
modern witch. Her characters are magnificently
defined with a turn of sorcery that will
keep you on the edge. You
will find yourself looking at everyone
you know and meet with a different set
of eyes - All of us who are fascinated
with the occult can look forward to a
series. I for one can't wait!
--Tippi Hedren, The Birds
An ancient line of witches
A coming revolution
woman at the center of it all
England. Mysterious. Beautiful. Full of
legends and lore. It is home and a safe
place for Amelia Pivens Keutzer. For an
ancient society of witch hunters, and
practitioners, it is an easy place to
And for Scotland Yard's Denny Carlisle,
on All Hallows Eve, when the Full Blood
Moon reaches its highest point in the
sky, it will become a city of awe and
mayhem as the most powerful witch in modern
history rises to avenge her lost love
and forever end the ancient war among
the witches and those who hunt them.
a rollercoaster ride
wonderfully crafted ending leaving the reader
wanting more. |
--Dino R. Federico, Blogger News Network
A superbly crafted powerful thriller
that will crawl up your spine and settle
into the hairs on the back of your neck.
--Jonathan Breck, Jeepers Creepers
Tragedy, love, mystery, betrayal
I found myself unable to put it down.
--Hailey M., Fallen Angel Reviews
Compelling, hypnotic, mysterious. Gryphon
winds an extraordinary and action packed
tale that grabs ahold of you and won't let
--Alexander Witt, Resident Evil, Apocalypse
With Wounded Wings
by Peter Gullerud
Peter Gullerud was born in Wisconsin.
He is the creator of several comic books
including "Grootlore," "Cutter,"
and "Sugar and Snails." He studied
theology for a brief period. Later he
became a visual development designer in
feature animated films for both Disney
and Warner Brothers. After 20 years in
the studios, he left animation to do hands-on
wildlife work with creatures like the
Siberian tiger and the California bear.
He currently lives in Pine Mountain, CA,
year round. This is his first novel.
Often I yearn to sneak a glimpse into
how another species on our planet thinks,
be it the dog, who looks up to you, the
cat who looks down upon you, or the lion
or tiger, who continually mystifies or
terrorize us. In his novel, "Fly
With Wounded Wings," Peter gives
us a poignant, emotional view into the
thought process of the Canadian Goose.
Their lives from youth, their mating for
life, their intuitive knowledge to migrate,
and the hierarchy which dictates their
survival is done in a heartrending story
of "Cora," a Canadian Goose.
You will grow to love and weep with her
inevitable loss of the protection of the
family to whom she has given her life.
Gullerud has given us a unique insight
into the life of another being. My applause
to this gifted writer.
--Tippi Hedren, actress and wildlife conservationist
Dangerous World of Butterflies
The Startling Subculture
of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists
by Peter Laufer, PhD
Laufer, PhD, is the author of more than
a dozen books that deal with social and
political issues, including Mission Rejected:
U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq; Wetback
Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American
Border; and Iron Curtain Rising: A Personal
Journey through the Changing Landscape
of Eastern Europe. He is the co anchor
of The Peter Laufer Show on radio station
Green 960 in San Francisco. More about
his books, documentary films, and broadcasts,
which have won the George Polk, Robert
F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, and other
awards, can be found at peterlaufer.com.
He lives in Bodega Bay, California.
A true tale of beauty and obsession, smugglers
and scientists, and nature's most enigmatic
butterflies in fancy boxes, a tip that a
smuggler might be in the midst of families
introducing their children to the insect
world - it's not quite James Bond, but close.
Special Agent Newcomer went to work looking
for Yoshi. Newcomer was working undercover,
of course, dressed down in L.A. casual:
jeans, a work shirt, and a worn baseball
cap. With his young-looking face adorned
by a Fu Manchu mustache and his endearing
smile, Newcomer - calling himself Ted Nelson
- did not look like a bug cop. He found
his prey fast. |
From "The Dangerous World of Butterflies"
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