Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin by Marion Meade

Meade, Marion. (2004). Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. Doubleday; New York.  I first sought out the tale when I stumbled (purely by chance) across the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay – particularly her poem “A Few Figs From Thistles” (My candle burns at both ends/It will not last the night/…

Corvus: A Life with Birds by Esther Woolfson

Woolfson, E. (2008). Corvus: A Life with Birds. Granta Books; London. If you’ve ever walked past a wild animal and wondered what it’s like to have that creature as a pet, this is the book for you. Esther Woolfson’s life changes when she begins taking in fledgling birds of all shapes, sizes, and sounds, living…

Who ‘Ya Gonna Call? Cat Behaviorist Reads Feline Minds

Have you ever heard the expression “like herding cats” in reference to a futile or exceedingly difficult task? Cats are a symbol of myth and largely misunderstood by their owners in the modern day; but Pam Johnson-Bennett is the woman who knows – and I mean really knows – about cats. She is currently the…