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Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small [Kindle Edition]

Rita Mae Brown

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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.”
—Library Journal
“The book is aptly named as Brown clearly has magnetism with animals.”
The Roanoke Times

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Rita Mae Brown’s earliest memory is of the soothing purr of Mickey, her family’s long-haired tiger cat, who curled up and claimed a spot in her crib. From there, a steady parade of cats, dogs, horses, and all manner of two- and four-legged critters have walked, galloped, and flown into and through her world. In Animal Magnetism, the bestselling author shares the lessons she’s learned from these marvelous creatures as well as her deep appreciation for them. We meet Franklin, a parrot with a wicked sense of humor; R.C., a courageous Doberman who defined loyalty and sacrifice; Suzie Q, the horse who taught Brown the meaning of hard work; and of course the beloved and prolific Sneaky Pie, who needs no introduction to her legions of fans. As funny as it is poignant, Animal Magnetism shows how these inspiring creatures can bring out the best in us, restore us to our greater selves, and even save our lives.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1563 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 257 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0345511808
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (5. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #540.466 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Animal magnetism, indeed! 15. Oktober 2009
Von Jill Meyer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
I've read ALL of Rita Mae Brown's novels - other than the cat series - over the years, as well as her few works of non-fiction. I think she's a writer's writer. Some of the most beautiful paragraphs I've read come from her work, particularly "Six of One". She's a wonderful writer in that she often returns to the same characters many times, offering updates on our old favorites. I've really enjoyed most of her "Sister" Jane series and was looking forward to a new novel this fall, but I guess that's not to be. Maybe next year...

"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?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible Book 20. Oktober 2009
Von S. Roth - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
I read this book in one sitting after going to a book signing for Dr. Brown. The first book I read of hers was "Riding Shotgun" and her use of language was so incredible it led me to read all her books. When you hear her speak, it's like a good chapter of her books. She speaks how she writes and you wish that it would never end.

This book reminds us of what all animal lovers already know. Our animals know more than we do. If we listen to them, we would really be much better off. Having lived with dogs, cats and horses for the last 40 years, I know this to be true, and yet sometimes I forget it. They always remind me. Animals relate to the basic simple needs of life. Eat (hunt), sleep and have fun. We should remember those things and endeavor to do the same.

I think anyone who is looking for some direction in this incredibly endangered world that we live in should read this book and get back to what really matters for humankind. Perhaps we wouldn't have half the problems we now have if we would remember those basic needs.

And by the way, Dr. Brown, I, too, would love to see more Celeste Chalfonte.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Country Knowledge is Shrinking 18. November 2009
Von Story Circle Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf
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The voice that emerges from the pages of Animal Magnetism is a strong woman's narrative. With a Yankee directness, somewhat urgent and straight to the point, the author calls to the reader to pay attention to important lessons about life that can be learned from the animal kingdom. This book was written during the throes of global economic turmoil in 2008-2009 and is full of common-sense wisdom gleaned from a life of observing and learning the language of cats, dogs, horses, foxes and birds.

Rita Mae Brown speaks with love about her farm and the animal companions with whom she shares her home, the rivers, and fields. The story begins and ends in the mountains of Virginia, deep in horse country where--to this horsewoman--life isn't complete without foxhounds, horses, foxes and cats. She writes about home and the significance of the places she lived growing up. Early chapters reveal more about family and four-legged characters than about herself and her descriptive language gives us a taste of what it was like growing up in the 1950's after WW2. We get to know her father and mother, and slowly we discover more about this fiercely independent woman who was carefully schooled in cotillion Southern manners. Terse sentences portray a woman who is usually short with words, yet the descriptive language she uses when sharing observations about her pets reveal her true passion.

The author makes no bones about her critical views of destructive human behavior when she speaks of California and Florida being lost to development. "The loss of animal habitat, the killing of the animals themselves can never be reversed." Her ideas are presented with an underlying wit and grit and the message is clear: "Country knowledge is shrinking."

There are plenty of prudent suggestions about living on this planet and treating each other, humans and animals, with love. In this story, nature and animals provide comfort, solace and a sense that we are not alone, but part of a greater plan.

Animal Magnetism is a touching account of a Rita Mae Brown's life lived with passion for the untamed and tamed natural world.

by Martha Meacham
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More than just affection.. wisdom 4. Januar 2010
Von Himri - Veröffentlicht auf
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Lessons of love and their intelligence in sensing impending death or trouble are abound in books like A cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers. The author's first lessons from animals she lived with from her childhood are pretty much the same. So we can believe her lessons from her long experience with animals in foxhunting.
The news for me are the ones about dog shows antiquating some breeds by their nature, hunting behavior of owl, fox, listening to the animal, disabled animals being shunned, a child's tears might not get you a toy unless the toy is a suffering animal, hierarchies in herd and pack animals, patience, coat characterstic dependence on heat tolerance.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful book for animal lovers 31. Januar 2010
Von Ingrid King - Veröffentlicht auf
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In sometimes funny, always heartwarming stories, Brown introduces us to the animals that have touched her life: Franklin, a parrot with a wicked sense of humor; Suzie Q, the horse who taught her the meaning of hard work; Baby Jesus, a tough tiger cat from New York City with an attitude to match; and of course, Sneaky Pie, who needs no introduction to the legions of fans of the Sneaky Pie Brown murder mystery series. Brown shares stories of these animals, and the lessons they taught her. She makes no secret of the fact that she prefers the company of animals to people. As Brown explains, "There's no such thing as a dumb dog, but God knows there are continents filled with dumb humans." By observing the animals on her farm and in her life, Brown has gained insights into herself and other human beings that she shares in her inimitable prose.

As someone who just published a book about the lessons one little cat taught me, this book resonated with me on many levels, but at times, I felt a bit lost in the author's lengthy descriptions of fox hunting. However, even though this is not a topic that is close to my heart, I was captivated by the passion with which Brown describes it, and I gained a better understanding of the practice in the process. You know you're reading a book by a great writer when they can make you keep reading about a topic you didn't think you really cared about!

I loved these words from the book, that perfectly summarize what the book is all about: "I hope you are lifted by the love of a cat, dog, horse, even a parrot... More, I hope you recognize it and return it. ... We are all in this life together. We need one another."

A wonderful book for all animal lovers, as well as fans of Brown's Sneaky Pie Brown and Sister Jane novels.
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