Fiction: Fifteen Dogs, André Alexis Over drinks at a bar, Hermes and Apollo argue over whether or not animals would be more unhappy than humans if they were given cognitive abilities. As an experiment, those abilities are granted to fifteen dogs at a near by veterinary clinic. Intelligence first has very detrimental effects on the dogs as Apollo suggested. Escaped from their cages, the dogs establish a new order and select a leader. Selfconsciousness becomes a blessing and a burden. The struggle to use intelligence for the best possible outcome is one that the dogs cannot avoid.
Non-fiction: What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World, Jon Young After years of bird watching, Young has deduced that by watching the robin, junco, and other songbirds we can learn about our environment. The location of running or still water, fruit, insects, predators, fish runs, a carcass can be