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Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 23, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
After a half-dozen books about the dogs and other animals that live with him on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York (Dog Days, A Good Dog, Katz on Dogs), Katz's gentle, folksy style and intuitive connection to the world around him work a familiar but comforting vein, entirely suitable to his subject: "I cherish the considered predictability of these creatures, their sociability, their contented acceptance of life. I wish I possessed even one of those traits. I'm working on it." The latest features his adoption of Izzy, a sensitive border collie who inspires Katz to take up volunteer work with hospice patients. Whether meeting Timmy, a young boy dying of brain tumor, or Glen, a terminal patient who recollects his own beloved dog, Katz evokes vividly the hospice environment and the deep meaning its patients find in Izzy. Unfortunately, the balance of the book, concerning a black lab named Lenore and Katz's own struggle with depression and a painful past, suffers from a lack of detail and leaves little impact. Fans will be happy to return to the farm, but newcomers may want to start with his first dog volume, 2002's A Dog Year. Photos.
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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
“One of our most talented and perceptive canine chroniclers.”
“There’s no denying that Jon Katz writes engagingly about animals. . . . Anyone who has ever loved an animal, who owns a farm or even dreams of it, will read Dog Days with appreciation and a cathartic lump in his or her throat.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature, and the particularly smelly qualities of manure.”
–Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“The perfect summer book . . . You will not be disappointed.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
–The Dallas Morning News
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~Barbara Techel, Author of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog
This was a gift from Frank, Mary, Dylan and Jason. It is one of the best and most rewarding books I have ever read. But I love animals and love dogs the most. The book is built around Bedlam Farms-the author’s refuge from the world and home to his much loved animals. It is also the story of two hospice dogs and how they changed the lives of the author and the hospice patients. It rings true.
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clear till the end. It gave me new insights in many areas and let me realize how important it is to love and live each day. What a blessing we can be to many animals and they to us.