Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Udderly Good Reads!

The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk.
--Ogden Nash

July 15th was Cow Appreciation Day!  No, really it was.  So, to help celebrate and honor our bovine friends (or just read cool cow books), try one of the following moo-tivating titles:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray--All 16-year-old Cam wants is to get through high school. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: a terminal diagnosis of "mad cow" disease. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips.

Till the Cows Come Home by Judy Clemens--Stella Crown works hard and loves her life. She runs her own dairy farm, rides her Harley on the weekends, and has enough friends to suit her just fine.  But on her 29th birthday, things start to change. A neighborhood child dies and a string of mysterious disasters place Stella and her farm in peril.  Stella must find her enemy before anyone else, including herself, ends up dead.

Holy Cow by David Duchovny--David Duchovny's witty fable about a cow, a pig and a turkey's hilarious and moving farm-break to save themselves from the cruelty of human consumption.

The Cow's Tale by Dorothy J. Franke--the true story of the author's life on a dairy farm, as a city girl married to a he-wants-to-be-a-farmer. Unfortunately for her, she had no background in farming so she had to learn everything the hard way.

Cows of Our Planet by Gary Larson--a Far Side Collection.

Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan--If you think you've seen it all -- WORLD WAR Z, THE WALKING DEAD-- you haven't seen anything like this. From the twisted brain of Michael Logan comes Apocalypse Cow, a story about three unlikely heroes who must save Britain . . . from a rampaging horde of ZOMBIE COWS! Followed by World War Moo.

The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry--Life is suddenly full of drama for low-key Harley Jackson: A woman in a big red pickup has stolen his bachelor’s heart, a Hummer-driving predatory developer is threatening to pave the last vestiges of his family farm, and inside his barn is a calf bearing the image of Jesus Christ. 

The Complete Cow by Sara Rath--This is a lighthearted yet serious look at dairy and beef cows of the world.  From ancient myths to a breed encyclopedia to a whimsical look at the fun pop culture surrounding famous cows, this books has it all.   

Cow: a Bovine Bio by Florian Werner--She is everywhere: as a vehicle for both farmers and advertisers, a subject for research scientists and poets, and ever-present in the form of lucky charms, children's toys, or simply as a tasty sandwich-filler. The female of the bovine species is revered as sacred or reviled as stupid, but one thing she never inspires is indifference. Combining a myriad of richly entertaining anecdotes and an abundance of illuminating discoveries, Werner presents the curious cultural history of that most intriguing of animals: the cow.

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