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Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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“First class story telling...action and emotion equally drive this compelling tale.... A touching narrative that transcends its subject matter.” ―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“Normile's... courage in exposing the dark underbelly of racing is reflected on every page.... an engaging memior that is a must-read for animal lovers.” ―Publishers Weekly
“In addition to being an outstanding advocate for horses, the author is a great storyteller....the story is compelling enough to interest animal enthusiasts of all types.” ―Library Journal
“The storytelling in this memoir...is as dramatic as any day at the races.” ―The Improper Bostonian
“An inspiring account of [Normile's] efforts to save the racing industry's discards.” ―All Animals, the magazine of the Humane Society of the United States
“An emotionally powerful read, filled with insight...and laced with the deep emotions and dedication of a woman who made a huge difference.” ―Today's Horse Magazine
“Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption by Jo Anne Normile and Lawrence Lindner is the remarkable story of how a woman's special bond with a Thoroughbred led her to establish the most successful horse rescue organization in the country. It is also a revealing look at the hidden underbelly of the glamorous world of horse racing that few people ever see. Jo Anne Normile tells her life-changing story of love, regret, and redemption. It is a passionate, heartwarming animal story, as well as a revealing look at the world of horse racing.” ―Horseback Magazine
“A rich narrative of love, loss, and redemption. ” ―Horse and Style Magazine
“...the true story of Jo Anne Normile, who got pulled into horse racing and had to make painful, life-changing choices she never expected, or even knew existed.” ―GateHouse Media
“Normile happened to have the perfect story.” ―Patch.com
“Saving Baby is a story of perseverance and passion, chronicling the heroic work of Jo Anne Normile, who has saved countless racing horses from the worst of fates.” ―Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO The Humane Society of the United States
“A beautiful story about an extraordinary bond, about what happens when you follow your instinct -- and also don't. This book will speak to anyone who has ever been moved by the overpowering combination of love and conscience.” ―Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS Co-Founder, Vets for Equine Welfare; Author, If Only They Could Speak
“If you were ever faced with the choice of walking a difficult path or taking the easy way out, the story will resonate--and haunt you.” ―Karen Menczer, Founder & Executive Director, Animal-Kind International
“A breathtaking look at the world of horse racing, and what one woman sets out to accomplish after she scratches the surface and exposes its underbelly. Ms. Normile's extraordinary journey, and her unflinching and passionate determination to draw attention to the plight of the animals she so dearly loves, brought me to tears. Saving Baby is flat-out inspirational.” ―Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Mare's Nest and he Resurrection of Tess Blessing
About the Author
JO ANNE NORMILE founded two hugely successful horse rescue organizations and has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune among numerous other publications. In addition, she has appeared on CNN and many local television broadcasts.
LAWRENCE LINDNER is a New York Times best-selling co-author who has also written for many publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine.
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Jo Anne mentions having Scarlett and she is a granddaughter of Secretariat. Having her in the pasture is more than just awesome in my view. I came face to face with some of the same things that she did as I was reading the book and realizing that yes I had done that too in regards to my family. Read the book. It is inspiring.
The disgusting treatment of horses around the world including the holocaust against our wild mustangs who end up in the terrors of the slaughter pipeline need to be brought into the highest exposure for the public to see !! Horses who are dumped at auctions right into kill buyers hands happens in numbers beyond imagination. Pregnant mares and mares with foals sent to slaughter constantly. It sickens me to beyond comprehension. Mares deliver foals on kill trailers, in kill pens. This all needs to be stopped. Pass the SAFE ACT!! STOP THE ROUNDUPS. OPEN YOUR EYES AND ALL THOSE YOU KNOW!!!
Joanne's work is astounding and courageous just like the horses she has fought to save and her special Baby! What a horse and what a girl!! Your story is so moving, full of what the world needs to know. Your rescues are phenomenal and so ever important for horses. Someday I hope to visit CANTER. WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFESAVING RESCUE! Thank you for writing this eye opening compassionate book Jo Anne! I hope to meet you one day!!
Jo Anne's experiences come from an even 'higher level', as she was able to connect to many people in the different associations, commissions, etc. With her unconditional love to these amazing creatures, who give their all to us in each training session and race, she was able to save hundreds of them and build up a great rescue organization. She devoted years of her life to this cause, almost neglecting her own family and personal animals in the process. She received high awards and much media attention, yet the very sad and almost disgusting fact is: that not much has changed. Thoroughbred horses are still bred each year to be thrown away if not sold, abused and pumped full of drugs, and very often run to death.