Connie's Book Club—Fall 2015

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

The Dogist

By Elias Weiss Friedman
The Dogist

Finding himself laid off and wanting to do something more creative, Elias Weiss Friedman armed himself with a camera, some kneepads, and plenty of treats, and hit the streets of New York to photograph the multitude of dogs he encountered. The resultant blog and Instagram feed featuring his dog’s-eye-level photos were wildly successful, capturing the dogs’ individuality and presenting an array of personalities charming in their diversity and general dogginess. Now, 1000 of Friedman’s photos are collected in The Dogist, a beautiful tribute to our four-legged friends that’s sure to put a smile on your face.

On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation

By Alexandra Horowitz
On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation

This fascinating book is an awakening to all the miraculous details we miss in our hasty daily journeys from point A to point B. In it, Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, animal behaviourist, and New York Times bestselling author (Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know), turns off her phone and tunes in so as to truly observe the world around her. On her walks through her Manhattan neighbourhood, she takes along guests, or “seers” as she calls them, including an artist, a geologist, a child, and a dog, in order to see what they see; in doing so, realizes she was missing untold worlds unfolding around her. This lovely account of what one discovers when one actually takes in their surroundings is an eye opening and inspiring tribute to the majesty of the everyday.

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts

By Laura T Coffey | Photographs by Lori Fusaro
My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts

This lovely tribute to our aging friends will tug at your heartstrings—and will likely inspire a trip to your local shelter to check out the golden oldies. The beautiful photos and heartwarming stories of old dogs given second chances are a moving testament and a spirited celebration of the many joys—and benefits!—of taking in an older pet. If you love soulful seniors or you’re in need of a reminder of the wonderfulness of people (i.e. those adopting one of the many senior dogs in shelters), you’re going to love this book.

Elle & Coach

By Stefany Shaheen
Elle & Coach

Diabetes, the Fight For My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything (Hachette Books; August 25, 2015) is the inspiring true story of a family in need, a mother’s love for her daughter, and the power of the animal-human connection. Most of all, this book is about finding hope in the most unlikely of places.

Stepdog: A Novel

By Nicole Galland
Stepdog: A Novel

This delightful, funny page-turner has it all—romance, dogs, cross-country chases, an impetuous marriage, a crazy ex—and will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to explain (or defend!) the depth of their love for their dog to a new partner. This high-spirited novel is a big-hearted rollicking adventure.

The Dog Master

By W. Bruce Cameron
The Dog Master

This evocative novel delves into our prehistory, bringing to life the pivotal moment when wolves were first domesticated, becoming dogs—our helpers and companions. W. Bruce Cameron immerses you in a time when humans, on the brink of extinction due to an impending Ice Age, managed to survive the daunting conditions they faced due in no small part to the aid of their newly domesticated friends. A transporting read that illuminates the amazing bond that we share with our dogs, a deep communion that has developed over millennia.

Breaking Creed & Silent Creed

By Alex Kava
Breaking Creed & Silent Creed

Thrill lovers prepare to be taken on a ride! This exciting new series sees Ryder Creed and his K9 Search and Rescue Dogs—homeless dogs he’s trained to hunt down criminals and sniff out contraband—team up with FBI forensics specialist Maggie O’Dell, a classic thriller genre character, to form an unstoppable crime-solving duo. With twists, turns, and suspense galore, Breaking Creed and Silent Creed are near impossible to put down. Guaranteed to keep you up all night!

All Dogs Go to Kevin

By Dr. Jessica Vogelsang
All Dogs Go to Kevin

This lovely, warmhearted collection of stories in the vein of James Herriot’s classic veterinary tales will make you smile, laugh, and want to hug your dog. Dr. Jessica Vogelsang’s recounting of dog stories from her childhood, all the way through vet school, motherhood, and through to her current practice will prove instantly endearing and recognizable to those who deeply love dogs. Through the entirety of this delightful read, Vogelsang’s love of canines—or, as she puts it, her designation as a “big-time dog person”—shines through. Definitely one to curl up with.

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