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West with giraffes : a novel / Lynda Rutledge.


"'Few true friends have I known and two were giraffes...' Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave. It's 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California's first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world's first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes. Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it's too late"--Publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781542021746
  • ISBN: 154202174X
  • ISBN: 9781542023344
  • ISBN: 1542023343
  • Physical Description: 356 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, 2021.

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publisher, date of publication and page numbers may vary
Subject: San Diego Zoo > Fiction.
Human-animal relationships > Fiction.
Animal rescue > Fiction.
Giraffe > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Zoo keepers > Fiction.
United States > History > 1933-1945 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 6 of 42 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Cass County.


  • 16 current holds with 42 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Harrisonville F RUT 2021 (Text) 0002205507789 Adult Fiction On holds shelf -
Cass County Library-Harrisonville F RUT 2021 (Text) 0002206094894 Adult Fiction Checked out 10/11/2023

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