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  • 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names

    By Diana Wells

    Our Price: $9.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781565122819
    • Publisher: Algonquin Books
    • Published: November 2001
    Provides a short history and illustrations of one hundred common and exotic birds, including the cardinal, goose, bird of paradise, and the flamingo.
  • 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names

    By Diana Wells

    Our Price: $29.99
    • ISBN-13: 9781616206826
    • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History

    By Diana Wells

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781565124912
    • Publisher: Algonquin Books
    • Published: January 2010
    From the author who brought you definitive books on the names of flowers and birds comes 'Lives of the Trees.' Trees provide us with a number of essential commodities, including: food, shelter, fuel, medicine, and much more. Trees, of course, also help protect the earth. It's not hard to see how essential trees are to our everyday lives, but few people know the myths, legends, etymology, folklore, and history associated with trees. These are the things author Diana Wells seeks to illuminate in her book. Wells includes a number of unusual and surprising facts in her book. For instance, did you know that the bristlecone pine is thought to be the oldest living plant on earth?
  • My Therapist's Dog: Lessons In Unconditional Love

    By Diana Wells

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781565123717
    • Publisher: ALGONQUIN BOOKS OF CHAPEL HILL
    • Published: January 2004
    My Therapist's Dog is a true story of a woman, her therapist, and the dog they both love. The woman is writer Diana Wells, who at a time of grief, seeks out the services of Beth, the therapist. In exchange for sessions she could not otherwise afford, Diana becomes caretaker to Beth's sweet, clumsy Labrador retriever, Luggs.Constitutionally opposed to therapy and resistant to change, Diana finds it difficult to trust Beth, but ultimately Luggs becomes a bridge between patient and counselor. Sure he steals food and doesn't come when called, but he's irrepressibly good-natured, capable of unconditional love, and in the moment. As Diana explores her peripatetic childhood, her eccentric family, and her current melancholy, she grows closer to Luggs and also opens up to Beth. Only then does she begin to forgive, hope, and love again.Dog lover by nature, historian by trade, Diana Wells is curious about the connections dogs and humans have shared for centuries - and what these bonds tell us about our own psyches. Between therapy appointments, she analyzes what we name our dogs, how we breed them, how we've explored the wilderness with them, the kinds of literature we've written about them, why we love them (and they love us), and, most important, what we can learn from them.When Beth becomes ill, Diana cares for her, just as she has cared for Beth's beloved dog. This meditation on the meaning and rewards of relationships reminds us that despite the possibility of sorrow and pain, our connections - to both the animal and human worlds - are what make life worth living.

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