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Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small Paperback – September 21, 2010
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“Uplifting, hilarious, even heartrending.”—The Huffington Post
“A moving and charming book . . . rendered with compassion and irreverence, love and humility . . . Animal Magnetism will dispel your stress, evoke your laughter and produce your tears—and it will be time well spent.”—Richmond Times Dispatch
“Fans of Brown’s mysteries will clamor to meet the real-life models for Sneaky Pie Brown and other members of Brown’s literary menagerie. This will also attract readers who enjoy heartwarming animal tales.”
“The book is aptly named as Brown clearly has magnetism with animals.”
—The Roanoke Times
About the Author
Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.
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"Animal Magnetism" really should only be read by animal-lovers. I always refer to myself as a "'dog-liker', but a 'cat-lover'". Brown really is an "ALL-animal" lover and she writes in her latest book about the many dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, and other animals she's loved over her lifetime. And, who've loved her right back. The book comes with pictures of her and various animals, I was only disappointed that while she often referred to her parents and grandparents, she never included any pictures of them. I would have loved to see the REAL "Juts" and "Aunt Mimi" ("Weezie"); her wild mother and aunt she's written about so many times.
Brown sort of makes herself seem as if she likes animals more than people. Maybe she does, but I remember standing in a long line, outside a Charlottesville book/coffee shop, in the early 1990's. She was inside, at a table, autographing her latest book. The line consisted of young, old, men, women, all ages and while it was a long evening, waiting in line, Brown was incredibly charming with EACH person, taking time to talk to everyone in turn. No one seemed to mind because we all knew we would get our own "face-time" with her!
Oh, and Rita Mae, if you read this, would you please - A. update your website and B. go to work on a novel about Celeste Chalfonte and her family. She's probably your most interesting character - after "Juts" and "Weezie", of course - and I'd love to know more about her family. Surely you can make her parents and her siblings the subjects of their own story. We got a look at her in Six of One, and references to her in other novels, but please devote a book to her. Please? Pretty please?
Now about the book - I enjoyed hearing about the animals who have been a part of Rita Mae's life! One of the comments that I saw in a review of one of her books said that she seemed to understand animals more than people. She says that herself in this book. It seems that she understands animals and nature better than most other people, though, and can see that we all are fated to live or die together and that we humans are the ones that will make the difference. I think it would be a really good thing if more people understood that! Ok, there's my political "rant". :-)
Rita Mae's writing is also so real, comic/tragic but fantastic! Get yourself a copy and you will see what I mean. Very cool.