Having read this slender book once, I am already anxious to read it again, and I doubt that will be the end of it. If you haven’t already, take a chance on Verlyn Klinkenborg’s Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile. Klinkenborg’s novel is told through the words of a real life tortoise, made famous in Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selbourne (1789). Among many unexpected revelations, you’ll learn about Gilbert White’s admirable and quirky ways, along with Timothy’s low, slow, and ultimately wise existence. You will also come away with a profound admiration for the audacity and vision of White’s classic work of natural history. Verlyn Klinkenborg’s prose is pitch perfect, warm, sensual, ironic, funny — and if truly funny, then tragic too.