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My Zoo World [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Faries
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As an animal fearing woman, Joanne Faries laughs at her acclimation to an animal loving world. She stares down swans in Sweden and a guinea pig in the washroom, but averts her eyes for the wombat in Australia.

My Zoo World is a humorous memoir of animal encounters with a twist. Among published animal tales, very few are skewed with a touch of fear and laughter on every page. Unlike books written by pet-loving authors, these chapters introduce the reader to a manic menagerie of animals: a snapping Shetland pony, a bowling ball playing pit bull, and a terrified turtle that tolerates distress. Meet Benji, the cat, Muff, the dog, and more. Friends are convinced they can overcome Joanne’s concerns with their precious pets. Join them and root for the animals as you read My Zoo World.

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About the Author

Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She graduated from Temple University (BBA), and University of Texas-Arlington (MBA), but she should have pursued liberal arts. After years in office management, she was fortunate to leave the world of electronics, and pursue her writing dream. A part-time job as a documentation specialist for Omega Research keeps her in paper and pens. Published in Doorknobs & Bodypaint, she also has stories and poems in Magnapoets, Up the Staircase, and Silver Boomer anthologies. Joanne is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba (a town without a cinema)

Product Details

  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466405007
  • Publisher: Joanne Faries (October 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VHM1HC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By S. Owen
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The title of Joanne Faries memoir says it all: "My Zoo World". In her world, animals are, if not the enemy, at least alien creatures to be avoided at all costs.

With humor and a wry understanding that her perspective is not a common one, Faries gives the reader a poignant account of her harrowing experiences with all members of the animal kingdom.

I'm definitely an animal lover and adore my cats, but, through the narration of her book, Joanne convinces me that her decision to live pet-free is a wise decision.

The unique voice, humor and charming narrative makes this a strong literary debut. I look forward to Faries next book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hellish September 18, 2012
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I found this book to be hellish. Someone who dislikes animals and finds them disgusting? Perhaps if it had been funny or clever in an Ambrose Bierce or Florence King type of way I could have found some redeeming virtue but I couldn't get past the poor writing and my visceral dislike of the narrator/writer to try and find some nugget of humor or wit. Just pages and pages and pages of hatred of animals. If I found myself with such negative views towards beings that are such an integral part of our lives, I would look inside myself and possibly seek psychological help, not advertise my pathology to the world. I am glad this book was free and glad not to know the author in real life.
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The title was definitely misleading. I'd hardly call the author's mild encounters with animals "A Zoo World" type life. This book was an endless and boring account of every time the author encountered an animal, any animal. To make a big deal out of a turtle harmlessly swimming in the family's backyard pool was absurd. She apparently thought she should have earned a crown for granting permission to keep a beta fish in her home. I just couldn't relate to her intense fear and didn't think any of it was the least bit funny or particularly interesting. Unfortunately, I felt the author came across as annoying, whining, rigid, unyielding and unreasonable.

I admit I definitely don't understand an animal phobia and I doubt I ever will, and the instances related in this book didn't help me gain empathy. It was very hard for me to feel sympathetic about such small incidents that are ordinary, harmless occurrences in most people's lives. I didn't perceive any sense of humor from her in dealing with the situations either. I read it to the end, hoping she'd have some kind of breakthrough, but she never did and I was really disappointed. I'm glad the book was free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and entertaining November 30, 2011
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I found My Zoo World refreshing. A memoir about a girl/woman who has always had a fear of animals. I like to hear different points of views and it's nice to hear someone be honest. Who doesn't like a petting zoo? Joanne Faries, that's who. Who doesn't want to meet your dog no matter how much you try to convince her how great it is? Joanne Faries. Who can be attacked by the little pony at the fair? Joanne Faries.

In the monkey-see-monkey-do world of creative writing, this book is an original concept and an immensely enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faries' Fears November 15, 2011
Joanne Faries has written a book about her life - or to be more accurate, a book about her phobia. She's afraid of animals. Dogs, cats, horses, goats, lizards, you name it, she's afraid of it. And she has tales from her life to prove why. It's not like she runs at the sight of a horse or dog. As you read her book, you discover she's ridden horses, reluctantly. She's been around dogs and other animals. But something always goes wrong and she's never happy or comfortable around them.

If you, too, are scared of certain animals, you'll sympathize with Faries phobias. If you aren't, then you'll be amazed at how things go terribly wrong every time she's around any kind of animal.

My Zoo World is a fun read, although clearly not fun for Joanne Faries. As she says in the prologue, "It is a dog eat dog world and I'm mere kibble."

I give My Zoo World (If All Dogs Go to Heaven, Then I'm in Trouble) by Joanne Faries a rating of Hel-of-a-Life-Story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Title should be "I Hate Animals" September 12, 2012
By Pat
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This is a misleading title since the author does not like animals. In fact, Joanne hates all of them. My Zoo World makes fun of zoos and their adopt programs which are meant to raise public awareness of endangered species. It makes fun of therapy animals and the support and devotion they give to many senior citizens and hospitalized children. Joanne does have a sense of humor (I'll give her that) but also appears to be a very self-centered individual with no compassion for other living creatures. She and I would definitely not get along. This book is insulting to all who find animals wonderful and exciting to be around. I'm looking forward to Heaven, too, Joanne and, hopefully, all the animals will be there and you won't.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Zoo World - A must read November 5, 2011
By Ann
Joanne Faries doesn't get warm fuzzies when she sees a puppy, a baby koala or a hamster, instead she gets chills equaled to watching a horror movie. And yet, Joanne is the one that animals gravitate toward like a magnet. A puppy will bypass all the hands held out by dog lovers and sidle up to Joanne and plonk itself at her feet or jump on a couch next to her. The look that can only be described as fingernails-on-the-blackboard cringing shows on Joanne's face. She's taken each of these memorable moments and turned them into a humorous book called My Zoo World.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun book
This is a really fun and honest book which allows us to see the world through someone who is definitely not an animal lover. This book is extremely witty and very well written. Read more
Published on February 12, 2013 by Evelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars My Zoo World
This is a refreshing book about some people who just don't love animals. Let's face it, there are many undercover people like this (i.e. Read more
Published on February 9, 2013 by kearny
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book!
Really enjoyed this light hearted read. Her insights and stories about her life encounters with animals is charming and very funny!You will laugh out loud! Check it out!
Published on February 7, 2013 by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Tongue in Cheek Delight!
This book is a hoot! If you're an animal activist looking for animal haters, Miss Faries is not your girl. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Alice Goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars My Zoo World
I could relate to this lady's concerns about having pets! It was an enjoyable read and a quick read. Thanks.
Published on November 20, 2012 by Sharon E. Ogden
4.0 out of 5 stars surprising and disturbing insight into an animal-phobic
I did feel that the title was a bit misleading. I have never encountered an animal-phobic person in my entire life, so this book gave me some insight into the mental workings of... Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by bothellbuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
With humor, Joanne helps those of us who love animals understand those who cannot. Her stories of childhood -- both hers and her stepsons -- are vivid and hysterical. Read more
Published on November 15, 2011 by Debra Bates
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More About the Author

Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. Published in Doorknobs & Bodypaint, she also has poems in Magnapoets, and Silver Boomer anthologies. Joanne is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba. Check out her blog and site


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