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In the Spotlight: 09/25/07

In the Spotlight

I picked up In the Spotlight at one of this year's Bookcrossing meetings. I am a sucker for animal stories but this book's focus on animal celebrities wasn't my cup of tea. The book was just too schmaltzy.

As is typical with these types of compilations, the book is divided up by theme. The first section is "Doing Their Best" where animals "devote themselves to reaching their goals." The second is "Close to Home" which pays tribute to "local celebrities." Then comes "Business Partners" which is mostly about animals in show business. "Traveling Companions" covers animals who travel the world with their human companions. Finally it's back to show business for "On Stage."

This collection of stories is best suited to fans of movies and television who have a particular fascination with the various animal stars who crop up from time to time.

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