A Buffalo in the House: The True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American West

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New Press, 2007 - Nature - 242 pages

A sprawling suburban house in Santa Fe is not the kind of home where a buffalo normally roams, but Veryl Goodnight and Roger Brooks are not your ordinary animal lovers. Over a hundred years after Veryl's ancestors, Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight, hand-raised two baby buffalo to help save the species from extinction, the sculptor and her husband adopt an orphaned buffalo calf of their own. Against a backdrop of the old American West, A Buffalo in the House tells the story of a household situation beyond any sitcom writer's wildest dreams.

Charlie has no idea he's a buffalo and Roger has no idea just how strong the bond between man and buffalo can be. In the historical shadow of the near-extermination of a majestic and misunderstood animal, Roger sets out to save just one buffalo.

Written in the tradition of Ian Frazier's Great Plains and the work of Garrison Keillor and Bill Bryson, A Buffalo in the House tells an important, uplifting story about one animal's ability to touch human lives and reconnect people of all ages to the vanished past.

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User Review  - Auntie-Nanuuq - LibraryThing

More than 100 years after Veryl Goodnight's ancestors hand raised two baby bison to help save the species from extinction, Veryl & her husband Roger Brooks adopt Charlie, an orphaned bison calf. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rob.Larson - LibraryThing

I picked up this book for a change of pace. I couldn't have been more pleased. Everyone will love this story, it is well written and moving. Do yourself a favor and read it, or give as a gift! Read full review

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About the author (2007)

R.D. Rosen is a senior editor at Workman Publishing and the author of several books, including the Edgar Award–winning mystery Strike Three You're Dead and Psychobabble (a term he coined). His career as a humorist has spanned PBS, Saturday Night Live, HBO, CBS, and NPR's All Things Considered. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling books Bad Cat, Bad Dog, Bad Baby, and Bad President. He lives in New York City.

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