These memoirs all focus on how relationships with animals have changed the authors' lives.
Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean (Tarcher) by Jackson Galaxy is the Animal Planet star's story of how adopting a supposedly "unbondable" cat led him to a new career.
Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship (William Morrow) by Tom Ryan recounts how an out-of-shape journalist and his miniature schnauzer became fundraising mountain climbers.
The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Avery) by Jenny Brown is a cancer survivor's story of how her love for a cat that helped her through recovery led her to become an animal rights activist and found the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor