One of the many joys of working in a library is learning about new reads through the books patrons ask about. Not long ago, my co-worker heard about Wesley the Owl : The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and his Girl from a patron, and she passed the recommendation along to me, knowing how much I love nature.
Stacey O’Brien adopted Wesley, an injured barn owl, at the tender age of four days. Wesley’s wing was so damaged he would be unable to fend for himself in the wild, so O’Brien became his “mother” and lifelong friend. The book reads like a memoir of, and tribute to, the owl’s life. The author provides fascinating details about the biology of barn owls, weaving her own life as a student researcher at Caltech, and beyond, into the story. The bond between owl and human is so strong that, at one point, O’Brien recounts how keeping Wesley alive saved her life.
Many thanks to our patrons, who keep asking for new reads and inspiring our staff!
Wesley the owl : the remarkable love story of an owl and his girl