We Bought A Zoo – Benjamin Mee (2008)


We Bought A Zoo by Benjamin Mee is a true story of his nomadic family buying a zoo with Mee’s family and their inheritance from his deceased father. Mee, a father of two, writer, and husband of Katherine Mee, had experience uprooting his family to live different experiences, having sold their London flat and moved to Provence. While there, his wife developed a brain tumour, and required treatment. On little more than an impulse, Mee and his mother decided to buy a dilapidated zoo in Devon, England, and to fix it up and create from it a tourist destination. Mee recounts the fear and sadness of his wife’s cancer, the trials and tribulations of family life, the beaurocracy of opening a zoo and caring for wild animals, the love he feels for the animals. The book was made into a movie in 2011 starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Having not seen the movie, I cannot compare the two, however, the book is a genuine and moving story. Readers who loved Wild by Cheryl Strayed, or books in that vein, will be entranced by We Bought A Zoo. At 261 pages, it is a comfortable read and doesn’t feel overwhelming. #weboughtazoo #benjaminmee #movietieins #movie #memoir #truestory #love #cancer #animals #zoo #inheritance #family #kids #mattdamon #scarlettjohansson #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #2008 #book #books #read #reading #bibliophile #kalidesautelsreads

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