We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee
The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed T

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When Benjamin Mee decided to uproot his family and move them to an unlikely new home—a dilapidated zoo where more than 200 exotic animals would be their new neighbors—his friends and colleagues thought he was crazy. Mee’s dream was to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. The grand reopening was scheduled for spring, but there was much work to be done and none of it easy for the novice zookeepers. Tigers broke loose, money was tight, the staff grew skeptical, and family tensions reached a boiling point.

Then tragedy struck. Katherine, Ben’s wife, had a recurrence of a brain tumor, forcing Benjamin and his two young children to face the heartbreak of illness and the devastating loss of a wife and mother. But inspired by the memory of Katherine and the healing power of the incredible family of animals they had grown to love; Benjamin and his kids resolved to move forward, and today the zoo is a thriving success.


About Benjamin Mee

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Benjamin Mee, a former newspaper columnist, is known for his humorous Do It Yourself column in the UK's Guardian Weekend. In 2005 he published a collection of these articles in a volume entitled The Call of DIY: A Toolkit of Practical Wisdom. He holds a degree in psychology and spends his time studying animal behavior.
Published August 20, 2008 by Weinstein Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Erstwhile newspaper columnist wagers all, and then some, by talking his extended family into taking a flyer on their very own zoo.

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Post-Elizabethtown, director Cameron Crowe again finds himself on the wrong side of the earnest/sentimental divide. 

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