Connie's Book Club—Winter 2018

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

Saving Lucy:

A Girl, a Bike, a Street Dog
By Ishbel Rose Holmes

When British-Iranian writer-adventurer Ishbel Rose Holmes set out to ride her bike across the world, she was alone and adrift; she certainly never expected to be anyone’s saviour. But when she comes upon a Turkish street dog being attacked by a pack of dogs, she steps into the fray, gaining a companion, who, like herself, is in need of healing. Saving Lucy is the amazing true story of their adventures together and the deep connection that forms when Lucy breaks down Ishbel’s tough exterior as the two cross the thousand miles that lead to the Syrian border.

My Patients and Other Animals:

A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope
By Suzy Fincham-Gray

In this intimate, eloquent memoir, veterinarian Suzy Fincham-Gray offers a window into the experiences of those who provide medical care for animals as a profession. Written with a winning combination of wit and empathy, each anecdote in this wonderful set of stories helps to convey the joy, pain, and deep sense of satisfaction that comes with being responsible for an animal’s wellbeing. Compelling narratives range from humourous to heartbreaking and in them My Patients and Other Animals conveys the profound ways pets touch our lives.

Angels on a School Bus

By Dr. Roberta K. Ray

Imagine happening upon a broken-down school bus that failed to make it to its destination, only to discover it packed with German Shepherds and Huskies, many of which are sick and malnourished and half of which are pregnant. Angels on a School Bus tells the amazing true story of one of the most challenging canine rescue missions in U.S. history. Prepare to be moved by how the small-town community in Butte, Montana rallies together to save the lives of hundreds of canines in this powerful testament to the commitment and compassion shown by everyday people when put to the test.

Dogs on the Beach

By Lara Jo Regan

Lara Jo Regan’s photography showcases the California canine lifestyle of beach/sea/sun, featuring an array of beautiful dogs in dynamic beach shots that will have you yearning for your next vacation. In capturing gorgeous dogs in stunning settings, Dogs on the Beach is an invitation to find happiness in simple pleasures.

Doggy Claus

By Derek Taylor Kent

Santa delivers gifts to all the human girls and boys of the world, but who delivers gifts to all the dogs? Doggy Claus is a classic holiday tale with a perfect pooch twist. Written in English and Spanish, this charming children’s book tells the story of a shelter dog named Jingle who, upon discovering that dogs go without gifts at Christmas time, decides to take matters into his own paws. On his adventure, woven through with Christmas magic, Jingle discovers that the true gifts worth giving and receiving are loving homes and caring families.

A Dog Called Jack

By Ivy Pembroke

The residents of Christmas Street might just need abandoned dog Jack as much as he needs them. Making himself at home in the neighbourhood, Jack fills a lot of different roles, from confidante and only friend to unofficial welcoming committee to a widower. Somehow, Jack manages to become a way for a whole neighborhood to reconnect, even playing romantic matchmaker. Told with warmth and humour, A Dog Called Jack is a warm hearted, irresistible read about an everyday dog touching people’s lives in remarkable ways.

Mutts and Mistletoe

By Natalie Cox

Recently single and temporarily homeless, Charlie seeks asylum in the only place she can: Cozy Canine Cottages, where room and board are provided in exchange for taking care of her cousin Jez’s doggy day care center. With dogs keeping her up all night, a strange man casing her cousin’s house, and a local vet who is both frustratingly patronizing and disarmingly handsome, nothing seems to be going right for this 31-year-old as Christmas approaches. Although everything seems out of control, Charlie manages to embrace the unexpected and open herself up to love through the help of her canine companions. Mutts and Mistletoe

Fool’s Moon

By Diane A.S. Stuckart

Cozy readers are going to adore this pick! A bewitching blend of mystery, magic, cats, and dogs, Fool’s Moon is positively enchanting. Written with charm to spare, this quirky, compelling mystery will keep you turning the pages to see what becomes of tarot shop owner Ruby Sparks and her menagerie of special pets, including a feisty Pit Bull and sibling cats with a talent for tarot cards. Charged with divining the truth about a murder, Ruby finds herself in mortal danger—will she, with the help of her animal friends, be able to solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim? You’ll have to read it to find out!

Hero Dogs

By Wilma Melville with Paul Lobo

When a tragic bombing reveals that Wilma Melville’s Black Labrador possesses a previously unrecognized ability to search for buried bodies, Wilma is spurred to action. Hero Dogs is Wilma Melville’s heart wrenching, inspiring story of the unshakable bonds between humans and dogs, outlining the struggles and triumphs of her efforts to create a team of search and rescue dogs, chosen from pups languishing in shelters, to help America’s disaster-response teams.

Dog of the Week!

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