Multcolib My Librarian Alison: Philosophical dogs, talking cats

Kafka on the Shore
Kafka on the Shore By Murakami, Haruki Book - 2006 FICTION MURAKAMI 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8 on 9 copies

Annotation:I love the fact that the main character finds solace in a library, not to mention the elements of magic realism, including an elderly man who is able to speak to cats.

Mink River
Mink River A Novel By Doyle, Brian Book - 2010 FICTION DOYLE 2010 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8 on 31 copies

Annotation:If you can't get to the ocean, enjoy Doyle's evocative story of a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest. My favorite character - the talking crow.

Lapham Rising
Lapham Rising A Novel By Rosenblatt, Roger Book - 2006 FICTION ROSENBLAT Available in some locations

Annotation:A left-leaning and misanthropic writer's only companion is his talking born-again dog, the aptly named Hector.

Lost Cat
Lost Cat A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology By Paul, Caroline Book - 2013 636.8 P3242L 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:A bedridden woman becomes obsessed with the daily ramblings of her cat.

Dog Songs
Dog Songs Thirty-five Dog Songs and One Essay By Oliver, Mary Book - 2013 811.5 O48d 2013 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Poet Mary Oliver is obviously head-over-heels in love with the long line of dogs that she has had the privileged to know.

With By Harington, Donald Book - 2004 FICTION HARINGTON Available in some locations

Annotation:This story of a kidnapper who takes a young girl to live with him in a remote cabin includes both a ghost and a dog that is able to communicate with, and comfort the girl.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle A Novel By Wroblewski, David Book - 2008 FICTION WROBLEWSK 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:This story with allusions to Hamlet takes place on a farm where dogs are bred and trained. A mute boy is unable to speak with humans, but has a close connection with his dogs and finds himself relying on them when a man with unknown intentions comes to live on the farm.

Sabriel By Nix, Garth Book - 2008 y NIX Available in some locations

Annotation:In Nix's Sabriel series, spirits are often bound into the form of animals who can often be convinced, or coerced, into serving humans. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget, who appears to be a white cat but who would be an uncontrollable force should the red collar around his neck be removed, are among my favorites.

Lirael Daughter of the Clayr By Nix, Garth Book - 2008 y NIX 2008 Available in some locations
The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass By Pullman, Philip Book - 2006 y PULLMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A purely enjoyable and ingenious alternative world in which every human is born with an animal familiar.

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I've always enjoyed an element of the fantastical in my reading, especially when it's done with care. Here are some titles where sentient animals play a leading role - either by serving their human companions or challenging human behavior.

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