We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever
by Benjamin Mee
Paperback- $13.51

The remarkable true story of a family who move into a rundown zoo? already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in The Guardian.

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  "Zoo" by msharry (see profile) 04/29/12

The book is a written account of a family's struggle to buy and restore a decrepit, disreputable zoo that corresponds to the film documentary of that same struggle in BEN'S ZOO. Perhaps it was because I was listening to it as an e-book, but I found it hard to relate to the characters. It was interesting, and I could see how the various animal encounters would make good movie fodder, but I was never completely drawn into their lives. Even the death of a major character--not wanting to spoil the story-left me feeling uninvolved. Lots of issues were raised such as role of zoos, endangered species, finances, family business, and cancer- which could fuel club discussions.

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