A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

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A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

  • Author: Sue Halpern
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101616067
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 320
  • View: 9514
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A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life. At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what virtue is and does—how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to. Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

A Dog Walks Into a Bar...

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A Dog Walks Into a Bar...

A Dog Walks Into a Bar...

Howlingly Funny Canine Comedy

  • Author: Joanne O'Sullivan
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge
  • ISBN: 160734808X
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 128
  • View: 1904
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Howl with laughter at dozens of the very best dog jokes ever collected--and made even funnier by the comic color illustrations that enliven every spread. You'll bark with delight at this collection of more than 100 dog jokes by this bestselling author. Accompanied by the colorful zany art of Jeff Albrecht, there's something for every dog lover that captures every facet of canine humor - A Dog Walks Into a Bar, Wonderdogs & Underdogs, Good Breeding, Dogs Gone Postal, Doggy Haiku, Man's Best Friend, and more. With its unbeatable subject matter, attractive package, and great price, it makes a terrific gift for all of Fido’s fans.

Angel on a Leash

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Angel on a Leash

Angel on a Leash

Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch

  • Author: David Frei
  • Publisher: i5 Publishing
  • ISBN: 193704923X
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 208
  • View: 5815
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David Frei, the publicist of Westminster Kennel Club and the founder of Westminster’s therapy dog charity, Angel on a Leash, along with his wife Cheri, a minister at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, retell heartwarming stories of therapy dogs who change the lives of needy children at hospitals and rehabilitation centers. angelonaleash.org

Dog Walks Man

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Dog Walks Man

Dog Walks Man

A six-legged odyssey

  • Author: John Zeaman
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0600623297
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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This is a touching, witty and thought-provoking exploration of the metaphysical aspects of the simple dog walk. Walking Pete (a standard poodle named after a Ghostbuster) opens the author up to different way of looking at the world. As he discovers more about his neighbourhood - its wild fringes, its natural wonders and the characters within it - so he becomes more aware of man's connections to his environment.Each chapter is a meditation on the wisdom derived from dogs and dog walking. Woven into the absorbing narrative are the timeless issues of avoiding saying 'w-a-l-k' in canine company; dog walkers' envy of those who find mafia murder victims and the joy of finding wild, no-rules, dog-walking land on your doorstep.John Zeaman's story of how he achieves a Thoreau-like natural harmony through the simple art of walking his dog will lift your spirits and nourish your soul.

Riverhead Books Summer 2013 Insider

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Riverhead Books Summer 2013 Insider

Riverhead Books Summer 2013 Insider

A Special Look at Bonus Materials

  • Author: Riverhead Books,Khaled Hosseini,Matthew Berry,Anton DiSclafani,James McBride
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0698141644
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 24
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Riverhead Books is proud to present our Summer 2013 Insider which gives readers more information about the stories behind—or sometimes from within—our Summer 2013 list. Included in the Riverhead Books Summer 2013 Insider are: A Q&A with Khaled Hosseini, author of And the Mountains Echoed, an unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. An interview with Pransky, the layabout mutt turned therapy dog at the heart of Sue Halpern’s A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher. Ramona Ausubel’s essay, “Transformation,” about the inspiration for A Guide to Being Born, her enthralling new collection that uses the world of the imagination to explore the heart of the human condition. “The Story in the Mountains,” an essay by Anton DiSclafani about writing her debut novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, a lush, sexy evocative story of family secrets and girls’-school rituals set in the 1930s South. “Looking through the Looking Glass,” an essay by Anna Badkhen on how she came to write The World is a Carpet, her unforgettable portrait of a place and people shaped by centuries of art, trade and war. A note from Mark Kurlansky about “Dancing in the Street,” the iconic song he uses as a lens to examine the story of the civil rights movement’s genesis in his new book, Ready for a Brand New Beat Matthew Berry’s essay, “It’s Fantasy Sports World, You Just Live in It,” about the growing world of fantasy sports and how it has shaped his career and personal life which he details in his new book, Fantasy Life. “Noodles of the Silk Road,” a field guide by Jen Lin-Liu, author of On the Noodle Road, in which she immerses herself in a moveable feast of foods and cultures and discovers some surprising truths about commitment, independence, and love A brief history of the historic raid on Harper’s Ferry which plays a key role in James McBride’s new novel, The Good Lord Bird, the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s essay, “Memories of the Years of Chaos,” about how Colombia’s recent history informs his new novel, The Sound of Things Falling Each of these pieces is an engaging and informative introduction to these truly wonderful books.

Stone Butterfly

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Stone Butterfly

Stone Butterfly

A Charlie Moon Mystery

  • Author: James D. Doss
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • ISBN: 1429922397
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
  • View: 9043
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Ute shaman Daisy Perika is no stranger to eerie dreams, but when she has a nightmare, lives could be at stake. Convinced that her visions of a wisp-thin girl with blood dripping from her hands are omens, the old woman calls on her nephew, Charlie Moon. Moon, a part-time tribal investigator and full-time Colorado rancher, is skeptical, but he knows better than to dismiss his quarrelsome aunt too quickly. After all, she has been right before. But what can he do? Although Daisy can see what's left of a dying man's face, she can't get a clear look at the girl's. Without that, Moon doesn't have anything to go on. Then he gets a call about a very real murder. Sarah Frank, an Ute-Papago orphan and daughter of Moon's childhood friend, was spotted standing over the battered body with blood on her hands. Moon and FBI Special Agent Lila Mae McTeague cross the border to investigate, but they're too late. Not only has little Sarah vanished with a one-of-a-kind family heirloom, but Moon and McTeague aren't the only ones on her trail. Off the reservation and across states lines, James D. Doss's clever mystery finds Moon on the law enforcement side of the investigation and his aunt Daisy decidedly on the other.

E-Mails From The Church Dog

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E-Mails From The Church Dog

E-Mails From The Church Dog

Lessons From A Therapy Dog For The Ministry

  • Author: Lynda Reynolds Fisher
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • ISBN: 9781449730932
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 280
  • View: 4717
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Mosby goes to church almost every Sunday; while he does tell about his visits to nursing homes and hospitals, surprisingly (for his owners) his story brings out how we can all serve God in many ways, every day of our lives, not just on Sunday mornings. Mosby has had a ball visiting the New Hampshire Highland Games, the town’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service, the Halloween Parade, Independence Day and Christmas season festivities, and many more occasions. In every event, he brings his love for people with him and shares his warmth with everyone he meets. Through Mosby’s humorous, sometimes solemn, always inspirational exploits, learn how a dog can encourage you to take God into your life and work for Him every day of the week, not just on Sundays.

Saving Simon

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Saving Simon

Saving Simon

How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

  • Author: Jon Katz
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 0804177287
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 224
  • View: 1519
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In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. Simon’s recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon’s health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks. This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. In the great tradition of heroes—from Don Quixote to Shrek—who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up “not just to Simon, not just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship.” With grace, warmth, and keen emotional insight, Saving Simon plumbs the depths of the bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of “living a more compassionate, considered, and meaningful life.” Praise for Saving Simon “Heartwarming . . . a touching tale.”—USA Today “Highly recommended . . . an enjoyable and thoughtful work.”—Library Journal (starred review) “[Saving Simon] handles the emotional highs and lows of living with animals with empathy and thoughtfulness, forcing readers to re-examine their own meanings of compassion and mercy.”—Kirkus Reviews “The message of this true story will linger with the reader long after the book has been placed on the shelf.”—Bookreporter “[An] uplifting and insightful memoir . . . Katz’s fans and animal lovers of all kinds will no doubt be delighted by Simon’s heartwarming story.”—Publishers Weekly Praise for Jon Katz “With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.”—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me “Katz’s world—of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit—is a place you’re glad you’ve been.”—The Boston Globe “From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz.”—San Antonio Express-News From the Hardcover edition.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

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Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

A Novel

  • Author: Sue Halpern
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0062678973
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
  • View: 3652
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From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees. Halpern’s novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create. People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems. But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny—literally—assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. They’re joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth. In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.