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West with Giraffes: A Novel (2021)

de Lynda Rutledge

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An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America. "Few true friends have I known and two were giraffes..." Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave. It's 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California's first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world's first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes. Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it's too late.… (més)
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If I could give more stars I would! Best book I've read since Where The Crawdads Sing. This work based on a true story is full of life lessons and hope. Thrilling to think we can relate to a pair of giraffes as calm darling animals. I will remember what it felt like to read this book for a long time. And the giraffe will remain in my heart my favorite. ( )
  mchwest | Sep 13, 2022 |
Orphaned Woody finds himself driving 2 giraffes across the country with a zoo keeper/animal handler, as they are followed by a young female photographer determined to make a name for herself documenting their journey. During their trip, which is not without perils, Woody learns a lot about himself, people, and animals. Interesting characters (including the giraffes!), and lots of geography and history thrown in. Based on the true story of America's first giraffes. The book begins as 105 year old Woody looks back on his life--a plot structure that works. ( )
  cherybear | Sep 1, 2022 |
Loved this book and the adventure that unfolds. A little quirky but so am I. ( )
  hamiltonpam | Aug 17, 2022 |
Suggested reading from Becky and Jenny in bookclub. Enjoyed it but towards the end, I felt like it could’ve been more compressed. A little drawn out. But enjoyed it overall. Not a bookclub book ( )
  PatLibrary123 | Aug 9, 2022 |
I loved the core of the book, about the journey cross-country. There was incredible immediacy in their adventures. The opening premise that a 105 year old man was writing all this was off-putting and unrealistic. I think the author could have just left it out. Putting that aside, I would heartily recommend this book. ( )
  ReluctantTechie | Jul 4, 2022 |
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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

—-Anatole France, Nobel Laureate, 1921
The admirablest and fairest beast ever I sawe was a jarraff. . . prince of all the beasts.

—-John Sanderson, traveler, 1595
Few true friends I have known and two were giraffes . . .

—-Woodrow Wilson Nickel
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MIRACLE GIRAFFES RIDE 
HURRICANE AT SEA

NEW YORK—Sept. 22 (Special edition). After riding through The Great Hurricane that decimated the Eastern Seaboard yesterday, the SS Robin Goodfellow limped into New York Harbor this morning along with two giraffes left for dead . . .
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An emotional, rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who made headlines and won the hearts of Depression-era America. "Few true friends have I known and two were giraffes..." Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave. It's 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California's first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world's first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes. Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it's too late.

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