One novel on the list:
Life of Pi by Yann MartelRead about the other books on Mullan's list.
Martel's narrator grew up observing closely the behaviour of animals in the zoo his parents ran in India. "Under such conditions of diplomatic peace, all animals are content and we can relax and have a look at each other." His observation of animal cohabitation becomes useful when he finds himself sharing a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
Life of Pi is one of Sara Gruen's six favorite books.