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The Puma Years
The Puma Years: A Memoir of Love and Transformation in the Bolivian Jungle | Laura Coleman
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In this rapturous memoir, writer and activist Laura Coleman shares the story of her liberating journey in the Amazon jungle, where she fell in love with a magnificent cat who changed her life. Laura was in her early twenties and directionless when she quit her job to backpack in Bolivia. Fate landed her at a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the Amazon jungle where she was assigned to a beautiful and complex puma named Wayra. Wide-eyed, inexperienced, and comically terrified, Laura made the scrappy, make-do camp her home. And in Wayra, she made a friend for life. They weren't alone, not with over a hundred quirky animals to care for, each lost and hurt in their own way: a pair of suicidal, bra-stealing monkeys, a frustrated parrot desperate to fly, and a pig with a wicked sense of humor. The humans, too, were cause for laughter and tears. There were animal whisperers, committed staff, wildly devoted volunteers, handsome heartbreakers, and a machete-wielding prom queen who carried Laura through. Most of all, there was the jungle--lyrical and alive--and there was Wayra, who would ultimately teach Laura so much about love, healing, and the person she was capable of becoming. Set against a turbulent and poignant backdrop of deforestation, the illegal pet trade, and forest fires, The Puma Years explores what happens when two desperate creatures in need of rescue find one another.
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Mynameisacolour
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Finished this one up on my lunch break. I am a total sucker for anything set in the Amazon and this one did not disappoint!

KathyWheeler I love that chair. 3w
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SonyaBeatty
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I picked up this book as part of #WorldBookDay on Kindle. I really enjoyed this memoir. I read/listened to it about an equal amount of time. It's a bonus though that the author performed the audio, which I didn't realize at first. I think that the author did a great job making the reader visualize what her experience was like. Being that today is #EarthDay, I feel like this is a perfect book for climate change and environmental awareness.

Blueberry I got this one also. 4w
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SonyaBeatty
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"I remember my life before, when animals were just animals, and I hate myself for it. How could I have ever thought this? And how could I have ever thought I was any different from them?"

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JenReadsAlot
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I always love picking these books!

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Dragon
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Thanks @slategreyskies for your posting on World Book Day - I‘ve downloaded 4 books onto my Kindle- so the offer extends to Canada 🇨🇦

slategreyskies Ah, I think I chose four as well. Glad you were able to get them too! Enjoy!! 📚✨ 1mo
Dragon Thanks 🙏 @slategreyskies 💚🐉 1mo
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sarahgreatlove
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I had never heard of this book, and only bought it because it was cheap on both kindle and audio but wow- it‘s amazing. Truly horrible stories if you dislike mud and bugs and the outdoors😆 but really quite poignant seeing how the author changes how she feels about her life at the volunteer rescue centre, and also the devastating effects of climate change, deforestation and the illegal pet trade. Loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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peanutnine
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This was such a gorgeous, moving memoir. I highly recommend listening to the audio, it is read by the author & her descriptions of the jungle & animals are beautiful and make you imagine that you are there with her. This brought back wonderful memories of my time volunteering in Belize, how circumstances can be so miserable but you still feel so happy. Her story of working with the pumas confronts the real threat of deforestation & climate change.

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Allthebookclubs
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I‘m not sure how I came across this amazing memoir, but I‘m so glad I did! I don‘t think I could survive a day in Laura‘s life but it sounded amazing. I don‘t have the desire to live that way but I admire the very hard work she has done. I felt like I was there, sweating next to her so many times while reading. I read it in 1 day and couldn‘t put it down.
Book 37 in 2021

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sharread
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I absolutely loved this biography about a woman Laura volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary in the Amazon jungle. I read it in one sitting, vibrant scenery, memorable characters and I fell as much in love with the wild cats and animals as she did. I love reading books that encourage me to research. Not only that the book is beautiful. By far my favorite of this year. The kind of book I will read again, definitely a keeper. #LitsyLove #MustRead

rubyslippersreads I was thinking about choosing this for my Amazon First book, but after seeing this, I may have to buy the actual book. 😻 12mo
sharread The book was only $10 too, nice price for a new hardcover. If you read it please share your thoughts. 12mo
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