Reader recommendation: Love, Life, and Elephants

Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

I am reading Love, Life, and Elephants by Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a fascinating story of the life of a family of British colonists who settled in Kenya. The author, a young girl at the book's outset, finds her husband – another naturalist – marries, has a daughter, and then finds a second "true love" with whom she works to preserve a National Park and its then plentiful animals. The story includes an incident involving Mau Mau – the terrorists of the day – ivory poachers, and the problem of over-population of elephants. Sheldrick rescues many orphaned baby animals and discovers a strong telepathic sense between different animals as she comes to love them. This is a spell-binding story, with much humor and lessons for all lovers of wildlife.

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