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Rowdy: The Protector

Owner of Persia

Rowdy is intrigued by the icy ocean cover of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Tempests promised within! And sure enough it is juicy as the cat food from the refrigerator that Rowdy waits in vain to steal from the vicious feline who shares the house. Speaking of vicious felines this book about a "happy" marriage involves one of the most manipulative happy housewives ever. A woman with a chilling past. A man of vacant beauty. Lots of snappy sex dialogue. What's not to love?

The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs, novels by local author Anne Ursu.

I love reading these books because they are about friendships. Both books are adapted fairy tales. Breadcrumbs takes us from present to another world, The Real Boy takes us into another place entirely. These books are well paced adventures with a few stops along the way for thoughtful explorations into becoming self aware. The characters are on the frightening brink of teenager, but have to overcome self consciousness and take risks. After all, it takes confidence, creativity, and the willingness to laugh at yourself to save the day. Ursu's characters inspire readers to be persistent, loyal, kind, and forgiving when friendships get complicated. Friends like that are magical in any realm!

I will also always highly recommend The Chronus Chronicles Trilogy, these are marvelous books, and its important for all of us to know that the entrance to Hades is in the Mall of America.

Rowdy wants to make a public service announcement. If you buy the book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben from Birchbark Books we will only make enough on its margin to cover part of the cost of stocking it. That's the way it is with the book business. BUT if you buy the book at Birchbark Books and read it, you'll end up doing something that will help your planet because this is the most persuasive book about the planet Rowdy's ever read. And you'll be part of something called the Slow Money movement, which is all about supporting little businesses like us -- we're here to help the world by remaining a locavore business selling mind food in a city setting. We're not here to get big and eat up more farmland in some mall. Please read eaarth and try not to cry at the beginning because McKibben makes it better -- makes you consider how you can change your life in sensible ways to support this lovely, lovely, planet we are making tougher to live on for ourselves and our dogs.

As the days are getting colder, Rowdy keeps warm by keeping up a vigilant patrol of her territory. After a long day of this arduous work, Rowdy enjoys an escape from all things squirrel. Rowdy has been reading as much as possible in order to find the perfect gifts for the pups in her life. So far Rowdy's favorite book has been Scumble by Ingrid Law. Scumble is not exactly a sequel to Law's first book Savvy, it takes place nine years later, but it follows the same magically gifted family. In this family, when a child turns thirteen they discover what their magical talent is. On his thirteenth birthday, Ledger Kale finds that he is gifted with the ability to explosively break things. His magic is out of control until he learns to accept it. Rowdy has been gifted with two magical abilities, the power to sense the presence of a squirrel and the power to fall asleep almost instantly. Rowdy recommends this book particularly for pups aged 8-12 (in human years), and parents who enjoy reading aloud. Scumble is different from other popular magical adventures because it is funny rather than violent. Unlike Rowdy, Ledger is not on a quest to fight evil.

Rowdy is an emotional savant, a diligent reader of Persia's every feeling. She is so close to getting her doctorate in humanity that she's chosen How We Became Human by Joy Harjo, as her favorite read. Perhaps through reading and understanding Harjo's poetry, Rowdy will indeed become human. (Therefore able to decide WHEN she gets a dog treat.) Rowdy also recommends Harjo for humans who want to become Human.

Her melting glance and soul-searching gaze can instantly disappear. She becomes a ferocious demon of protective fury when her yard is approached. Rowdy is all about boundaries. But when she has a book by Jose Saramago in her paws, she's approachable and serene. Her all time favorite is probably Blindness. She claims it is an allegory for our times. But Rowdy also screens and recommends children's books. Her current favorite is Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin. Although it is perhaps not an allegory for our times, it speaks to Rowdy's angst. Squirrels are literally her bete noire. They flaunt themselves at her windows, taunt her, tease her. When let out the door, Rowdy flies across the yard like a small thunderbolt of fury, but so far has only grazed a gray tail or two. So Rowdy also recommends her favorite book about a much more congenial creature. The spider. Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham is perhaps the most comforting book on spiders she has ever read. Be Nice to Spiders explains why spiders are important. Spiders are nice to Rowdy, and she is nice to them. They never taunt or tease. They just sit in the corner and wait.