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Featured Author: James Herriot

"When I first started to write at the advanced age of fifty, I thought it would stop at one book and nobody would ever discover the identity of the obscure veterinary surgeon who had scribbled his experiences in snatched moments of spare time."

In an interview with Scotsman journalist, William Foster, Herriot described how he got started writing. “It was terribly hard work, and I loved it. I felt vaguely that I ought to write about it and every day for twenty-five years I told my wife of something funny that had happened and said I was keeping it for the book…She usually said, ‘Yes, dear’ to humour me but one day…she said: “Who are you kidding? Vets of fifty don’t write first books.’” Something about those words spurred him forward, and he said, “I stormed out and bought some paper and taught myself to type.”

The enduring and timeless stories James Herriot penned of animals and the people who own and love them provide countless hours of enjoyable reading or listening. Full descriptions of James Herriot's books are publicly available for the month of August.
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Reshelving Alexandria has been a tremendous blessing to our family, saving us both time and money. Before Reshelving Alexandria, finding living literature for our children was a painstaking and time-consuming process; scouring book lists, hunting through blog posts and podcast notes, researching titles and subjects and authors and illustrators, speculating as to reading level and suitability for our family.

Because Reshelving Alexandria has already done this for me, bringing together the best of the best of living literature in a searchable and easily navigable database, it allows me to both focus and stretch our book budget by narrowing down my search to precisely those books that are the best fit for our family and then helping me to easily take advantage of free online books and used book searches to grow our family library. And all the time I am saving? What a joy to re-invest that in reading these books with my children!"

Johanna Bittle

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“When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”—Pride & Prejudice