This weekend, while out for coffee at a Starbucks attached to a Chapters with Theo and my siblings-in-law Kalyn and Stephan, I saw something that I had been waiting for.

The book I’ve been itching to read was on sale, 30% off!

I bought it, began reading it on Saturday, and am almost half-way done. Today I wanted to share it with you and recommend that someday you read it.

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

By John Vaillant

I heard about this book on CBC radio one morning right after the alarm went off, and I ended up staying in bed through the whole interview with the author because the subject matter was just so fascinating.

The book centers on three main characters: A Siberian Tiger, a Russian poacher, and the lead tracker with a conservation program that works to protect tigers from poaching. It is set in Russia’s Far East, or Primorye.

The fascinating thing about this book, however, is the nature of the tiger. After being wounded by the poacher, it seeks vengeance against him. The tiger remembers where the poacher lives and stakes out the house. It lies in wait for this man, who has inured it, to return.

Here is the first paragraph from the blurb on the inside cover:

“It’s December 1997 and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. To their horrified astonishment it emerges that the attacks are not random: the tiger is engaged in a vendetta. Injured and starving, it must be found before it strikes again, and the story becomes a battle of survival between two of the characters: Yuri Trush, the lead tracker, and the tiger itself.”

This is a true story.

If that all seems too intense for you, don’t worry, it isn’t only about this hunt. The book retells the history of the tiger, its origins, and its importance in our ecosystem. It is a book that promotes tiger conservation and it works to educate us about the dwindling numbers of Siberian Tigers in the Far East. I think it is a very important book.

What books are getting you excited these days? I’d love to know.

Happy Monday!

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