The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
This month, the paperback was released and it’s on the New York Times Paperback Best Seller list.
The book tells the story of Talmadge, a solitary fruit farmer in early twentieth century Washington state.
His life is turned upside down when he takes in two girls who tried to steal his produce.
Read a book excerpt and hear the original piece:
This interview originally aired in August 2012.