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“I think the concept of Dogtology is as fresh and unique as Chicken Soup for the Soul was two decades ago.” —Jack Canfield, cocreator, Chicken Soup for the Soul series
DOGTOLOGY
A Humorous ExplorAtion of mAn’s fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By JEFF LAZARUS
Chew on this. As humans, we have a deep need to believe . . . a need to relate to something greater and more ideal than ourselves. Perhaps that’s why so many millions believe in Dog. Man’s devotion to Dog has come to rival the great -isms and -ologies of the world. This thing has gone way beyond a hobby.
We may not literally worship dogs, but we come pawfully close. This rabid reverence for Rover has a name: Dogtology. Dogtology is for the dog lover who has bailed on a date because they didn’t want Twinkles to be left home alone. It is for the human whose dog owns a more festive holiday wardrobe than they do, whose pups dine on free-range bison burgers while they live off ramen, or whose smartphones have more photos of their dog than of the humans in their family. In this sacred dogtrine, the case is made that Dogtology has become a bone-a-fide belief system on par with the world’s great philosophies and religions.
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About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Dogtology
A Humorous Exploration of Man’s Fur-ocious Devotion to Dogs
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2644-4 ǀ $14.99

 

Catakism
A humorous purr-spective on humankind’s obsession with cats
By JEFF LAZARUS
Does your cat own you? What has caused us to enthrone cats as the most popular pet on the planet? Why do we devote so much of our time and income to grooming, feeding, coddling, photographing, praising, providing laps for, and “entertaining” our cats? If an anthropologist from outer space were to study our civilization objectively, would she not conclude that our devotion to Cat amounted to nothing less than a full-blown religion? Would she be wrong?
Catakism, the belief system, is rooted in a bold premise: namely, that felines are humanity’s biological and spiritual masters. By allowing Man to handle all of Her low-level needs, Cat is free to do the higher-level spiritual work that Man has no time for, such as meditating seventeen hours a day, teleporting into locked rooms and cabinets, communing with disembodied spirits, and reeducating humanity on the true purpose of boxes, bags, and keyboards.
About the Author:
Jeff Lazarus is a leadership coach, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor, and creative who innovates and builds roads not yet traveled. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication from California State University, Long Beach. He
SKYHORSE
PUBLISHING
307 West 36th Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10018

www.skyhorsepublishing.com
combined his passion for animals with his teachings on communication and released Listen Like a Dog in 2016. Lazarus is a serious dog lover and advocate. After finally having his Cat Mitzvah, way past age thirteen, he wrote the whimsical book Catakism.

Catakism
A Humorous Purr-spective on Humankind’s Obsession with Cats
By Jeff Lazarus
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook November 7, 2017 ǀ 978-1-5107-2645-1 ǀ $14.99

To say that John Bradshaw knows animals would be a colossal understatement. Bradshaw is the Foundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol and is at the forefront of canine and feline behavioral science. He’s published widely on topics such as separation disorders in dogs, the welfare of kenneled dogs, the interpretation of “play” behavior in cats and dogs, and the effects of human behavior on cat population dynamics. And last, but certainly not least, he is the bestselling author of Dog Sense (“a wonderfully informative, quietly passionate book” according to the Economist); Cat Sense (which NPR Books praised for being an “indispensable addition to the cat-lore canon”); and The Trainable Cat (called “genius” by the New York Times Book Review).

Now, Basic Books is proud to present Bradshaw’s magnum opus, THE ANIMALS AMONG US: How Pets Make Us Human (October 31, 2017). Today, most of the animals we share our life with are our companions, not the working animals of the past. But why have we given up the potential labor and utility of these animals for pets that we can cuddle and feature on Instagram? Bradshaw explains that pet-keeping isn’t a new human behavior nor is it a meaningless one. Instead, pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature.

Bradshaw and his work have been featured on everything from MSNBC to Fresh Air to the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Catster, and the Bark. He is aptly suited to explain why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human.

“Bradshaw’s…gentle warmth and intelligence make the book enjoyable. A sound introduction to a relatively new area of study, both for those who share their households with animals and those who never would.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“I read everything John Bradshaw writes. He is the professor you always wish you’d had: knowledgeable yet approachable, engaged and engaging. If you are in any way interested in the underpinnings of the human-animal relationship, this is the book for your bookshelf.”

—Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

THE ANIMALS AMONG US

How Pets Make Us Human

By John Bradshaw

We all know the old saying “A house is not a home without a pet.” As modern humans, we seem to have taken this statement to heart. In the past century alone there has been a massive surge in pet ownership—over 50% of American households have at least one pet, and $50 billion is spent every year on food, toys, and care for pets. The majority of these animals, who once worked for their keep as herders, guard dogs, or rat catchers, are now kept purely for companionship while appearing to reciprocate with little besides their devotion. Why do we continue to care for, and love, so many seemingly functionless creatures?

In THE ANIMALS AMONG US: How Pets Make Human (Basic Books, October 31, 2017), leading scholar and researcherJohn Bradshaw answers the question, “Why do we keep pets?” Keeping pets isn’t a new phenomenon, of course—evidence shows that humans and animals have enjoyed a special relationship dating as far back as 100,000 years ago with the first ritual burial of animals. Fast forward to today, and “we don’t simply feel the urge to keep pets; we seem to want to believe that they provide some kind of elixir that will allow us to lead more fulfilling lives,” Bradshaw says. “Over the past half century or so, our relationships with animals have become more complex and thus more difficult to disentangle.”

Drawing on the latest research in biology and psychology, as well as fields as diverse as robotics and anthropology, Bradshaw goes on to explain how having pets is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. He walks us through the long process by which humans and animals evolved from “hunter” and “prey” to becoming the best of friends, detailing the different phases of our relationship:

  • Phase 1: We develop the ability to take on an animal’s perspective—in other words, anthropomorphizing animals and imaging what they might be thinking and feeling. This was a valuable skill during the hunter-gatherer days when we needed to gain the upper hand on our prey (i.e. “if I were a turtle, where would I hide my eggs?”). Subsequently, societies that were able to domesticate animals began to thrive at the expense of those who could not and were condemned to relying upon hunting alone to supply their protein.
  • Phase 2: Anthropomorphization leads to our ancestors adopting the wild species with which they now emotionally identify. A few key species—starting with the dog sometime between 30,000 and 15,000 years ago—are domesticated to serve as pets. Our ancestors latched onto dogs, for example, because their specific skills benefited their keepers. And one of those skills was providing companionship.
  • Phase 3: Mass adoption of domesticated animals as companions, not workers, begins. By this point, anthromorphizing led to us interacting with animals and providing care for them. This meant we gained a capacity to feel affection for the animals in our care, which in turn resulted in us keeping pets. While this practice dates back to the second phase, it increases as economic mobility increases (i.e. pets can be kept purely as pets and don’t have to earn their keep), and it explodes during the twentieth century.

But the question still remains—why do we continue to keep pets as companions when doing so means we are increasing our monthly bills without getting the labor in return that we used to get? To fully understand our love for our pets, Bradshaw maintains that we must turn to four characteristics of human nature that have helped to bind us to animals—the “cute response” (our brains’ hardwiring drives us to take care of anything we think of as babyish or cute); the bonding factor of stroking (petting animals provides tactile pleasure and releases dopamine and endorphins which calm us); the reward system (humans are the only mammals who seem to find nurturing to be a fulfilling act in itself); and the aforementioned ability to anthromorphize—which has helped us to consider animals as “one of the family.”

In THE ANIMALS AMONG US Bradshaw shows us how animals have played a major role in the development of our species—first, as important sources of protein, and then, after domestication, as food, currency, and lastly as beloved family units. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves. As Bradshaw explains, “culturally, animals have always been important to us…All this suggests that our interactions with animals may have shaped the structure of our brains—the organ that distinguishes us most from all other mammals. If this is true, pet keeping may be a habit that our basic humanity will not allow us to give up.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

John Bradshaw is the foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Cat Sense and Dog Sense and coauthor of The Trainable Cat. He lives in Southampton, England. Follow on Twitter @petsandus.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

THE ANIMALS AMONG US: How Pets Make Us Human

By John Bradshaw

Published by Basic Books

Publication date: October 31, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-465-06481-6 · E-book ISBN: 978-0-465-09315-1 · $28.00 / $36.50 CAN · Hardcover · 384 pages


The Spiritual Nature of Animals:

A Country Vet Explores the Wisdom, Compassion, and Souls of Animals

Karlene Stange, DVM

Karlene Stange’s spiritual journey began as she drove her pickup loaded with medical supplies to attend to animals throughout southwestern Colorado, where the Animas River carves the landscape. As an ambulatory veterinarian, she has experienced the challenges, sorrows, and joys of working with creatures great and small and feels a powerful kinship with these beautiful beings, a bond that goes beyond flesh and fur and feathers. The Spiritual Nature of Animals chronicles her amazing exploration through the teachings of various religious and cultural traditions, as well as her encounters with the magnificent Rocky Mountain terrain and the quirky characters — both animal and human — who inhabit it.

“Dr. Karlene Stange weaves a heartwarming web composed of her personal experiences as a veterinarian caring for all our kindred spirits, along with insights from ancient wisdom traditions and perspectives on our boundless interconnectedness with all beings. . . . Allow it to touch your heart and spirit, and enjoy!” — Allen M. Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD ( hon.), author of Kindred Spirits

“In this book, you will find stories that make you laugh, others that bring tears to your eyes, and still others that evoke enlightening views about the world we cohabit with animals and how this affects our belief systems. I highly recommend this inspiring book.”

— Nancy S. Loving, DVM, author of All Horse Systems Go

“Dr. Karlene Stange addresses some of the hardest questions veterinarians face and does so with a fascinating and surprisingly seamless blend of science/medicine, spirituality, and personal experience. She gives us the kernels of truth about the spirit, or anima, of animals from the perspective of each major religion and distills these into a very practical philosophy.”

— Susan J. Tornquist, DVM, MS, PhD, Dip ACVP, Lois Bates Acheson Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University

“Everyone who cares about animals will benefit from this book.”

— Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD, founder and dean, Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

“Finally gives the issue of animal spirituality the attention it deserves . . . the definitive examination of animals and spirituality.”

— Marta Williams, author of Learning Their Language

As a child, Karlene Stange, DVM, wanted to be an “animal doctor” before she knew the word “veterinarian.” Today she incorporates acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy into her Rocky Mountain practice. She often speaks at conferences and lives in Durango, Colorado. Her website is www.animasanimals.com.

The Spiritual Nature of Animals:

A Country Vet Explores the Wisdom, Compassion, and Souls of Animals

By Karlene Stange, DVM

Animals/Nature • Pub Date: November 7, 2017

Price: $16.95 • Trade Paper/ebook • 304 pages • ISBN: 978-1-60868-515-8

They say a dog is a man’s best friend. We certainly treat them like it: we take our dogs to the best vets, to doggy daycare, and to holistic specialists when they are ill. We buy coats and Halloween costumes, and we set them up with their own blogs, Facebook, and Instagram feeds. But do our dogs—and other animals—feel the same way about us? And what exactly does a dog—or a bat or a dolphin for that matter—think and feel in general?

Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and author of the New York Times bestselling book How Dogs Love Us, pondered these very questions. After viewing photographs of the capture of Osama bin Laden in which dogs were jumping from helicopters under chaotic conditions, Berns had a thought. If a dog could be trained to jump out of a helicopter, why couldn’t a dog be trained to enter an MRI machine? And if that was possible, what if one could compare the functioning of human and dog brains? Berns would be the perfect person to unwrap these mysteries of the animal mind—early in his career he pioneered the use of brain imaging technologies to understand human motivation and decision-making. Could this be a step towards figuring out how dogs think? Berns and his team endeavored to find out.

The results of this experiment is found in Gregory Berns’ groundbreaking new book WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic Books; September 5, 2017). Berns’ exploration of the inner minds of dogs, as well as other creatures, heralds a new world, one in which complex intelligence is all around us. As Berns explains, understanding how animals think will revolutionize the way we communicate with them and how we treat them.

 

“An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Groundbreaking research that shows that dog emotions are similar to people.  Training dogs to voluntarily lie still in the MRI brain scanner was a brilliant way to explore the workings of their brains.  Dog lovers and neuroscientists should both read this important book.”

—Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human

“Gregory Berns is a remarkable scientist, whose pioneering MRI studies of the brain across a range of species have opened up a pathway to deeper understanding of animals’ internal awareness and perspectives.  He’s also an exceptional thinker, whose grasp of the ethical and practical significance of his findings for the status and treatment of animals is pervasive in this absorbing work.”

—Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

Do our dogs love us? Do they really get *that* excited when we come home? Do they like the toys we have bought for them? Do they have the same undying love and affection for us that we have for them? How would we even know if they do? These questions swirled around neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns’ mind when his beloved pug, Newton, passed away. He began to wonder if Newton had loved him as much as he had loved him—or if all the affection and tail-wagging just an evolutionary response to gain more treats.

Determined to seek out the answer to these questions, Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner—completely awake—so he could figure out what they think and feel. What they found was astonishing—dogs, like people, are individuals. They have varying abilities for self-control, how they understand language, and even whether food or companionship is more important. And all of these traits are being revealed in the brains of these MRI-dogs.

The deeper Berns dug into the dog brain, the more obsessed he became with learning about other animals. What if a dog could tell us exactly how she felt? And what would a pig say about a slaughterhouse? What did a whale think about all the noise flooding the ocean from ships and submarines? The result of these investigations would not only enrich our understanding of the inner world of animals—it would inevitably force us to rethink how we treat them.

Now, after five years of research, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Basic Books, September 5, 2017) lays out what Berns and his team learned. Organized in the order in which Berns and his team endeavored to look at various species, WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG shows us that each animal analysis conducted has a connecting aspect: the structures in the brains of animals are organized in the same way as corresponding parts of our own brains. And not only did these parts look the same, but they functioned in the same way—from dogs and cats to dolphins, sea lions, and even the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

With empathy and humor, Gregory Bernsshows us how animal brains are similar to humans and that we can understand what it is like to be a dog, or a dolphin. His results prove that animals have many experiences and feelings in common with humans. This leads to a startling reconsideration of the rights of animals and the relationships we have with them.

As Berns explains, “All neuroscience is comparative at some level, but few neuroscientists dig deep and ask why the brains of animals look the way they do and how that relates to their mental experiences. These are hard questions. They get at the heart of what makes us human, and they raise troubling issues about the possibility that we may not be that different from many of the creatures with whom we share the planet.”

Many of the world’s species are disappearing at an alarming rate, with the WWF estimates that two-thirds of many species populations may be gone by 2020. In WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG, Berns hopes to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet—and in doing so, provide a new manifesto for animal liberation of the 21st century.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gregory Berns is a distinguished professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy and Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller How Dogs Love Us. He lives in Atlanta. Follow him at @gberns

ABOUT THE BOOK:

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

Published by Basic Books

Publication date: September 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-465-09624-4 · $28.00 / $36.50 CAN · Hardcover · 320 pages

E-book ISBN: 978-0-465-09625-1

Advance Praise for

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A DOG

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

(Basic Books; September 5, 2017)

“The author explains that his purpose in writing this book is ‘to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet.’ In that, he succeeds. An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“It’s the rare neuroscientist who has the patience and curiosity to train dogs to hop into an MRI machine, tails wagging. Or delve into the mysteries of the dolphin brain. Or venture to the far side of the globe to find the brain of an extinct, yet still fascinating species: the thylacine. Thankfully, Gregory Berns did all of these things. In this big-hearted book, he applies cutting-edge science to questions that have never been so timely: How do other animals perceive their worlds? How do they experience emotions? How does their language work? What It’s Like to Be a Dog is a delightful, illuminating look at the minds and lives of our fellow creatures.”—Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

“Have you ever wanted to peek inside the mind of a dog? Gregory Berns’ brain scanner does precisely that. But this book also contains many remarkable insights into the inner lives of other animals. Dolphins, sea lions, raccoons, Tasmanian devils – even the long-extinct Tasmanian tiger – they’re all here. A fascinating journey towards an understanding of what dogs – and their mammalian cousins – might be thinking about us.” —John Bradshaw, author of the New York Times bestsellers Dog Sense and Cat Sense and the forthcoming The Animals Among Us

“Berns has done it again; woven a compelling story with a scientific revolution. From building an MRI simulator in his living room to tracking down one of the four remaining brains of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, Berns takes us on an incredible journey of exploration and discovery. Marvelously written and intellectually engaging, What It’s Like to Be a Dog will establish Berns as one of the most skilled neuroscientists of our day, as well someone with the intuition that understanding other animals will lead to greater insight and knowledge about ourselves.” —Dr. Brian Hare, New York Times Bestselling author of The Genius of Dogs

“Dr. Gregory Berns’ new book is a fascinating read. Packed with personal stories, What It’s Like to Be a Dog clearly lays out just who these amazing beings are, from the inside out. We can now learn what each individual animal wants and needs to have the best life possible in a human-centered world, and what we must do to make sure they do.”—Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: An Insider's Guide to the Best Lives for Dogs and Us

“We know a lot about the intelligence of animals and nearly nothing about their brains. Greg Berns is changing all of this by means of noninvasive techniques that respect the animals. He is boldly going where no one has gone before, offering a lively, eye-opening peek into his neuroscience kitchen.”—Frans de Waal, author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – WorthyKids/Ideals is pleased to announce the September release of Maverick and Me, the first picture book from bestselling author and animal activist Katherine Schwarzenegger. Based upon the life of Schwarzenegger’s own rescue dog, the book tells the story of Maverick, a lovable, abandoned puppy, and Scarlett, the big-hearted girl who gives Maverick a forever home.

While fostering rescue dogs, Schwarzenegger cared for Maverick, a small puppy who had been found under a highway overpass. Schwarzenegger nursed Maverick through a serious illness and decided to adopt the brave puppy who had stolen her heart. Maverick and Me (September 5, 2017; ISBN 9780824956875) stems from Schwarzenegger’s passion for homeless dogs and the animal shelters and rescues that support them.

“It's an honor to work with Katherine, who has such an important message to share with children,” says Peggy Schaefer, Vice President & Associate Publisher, WorthyKids/Ideals. “I’m thrilled that she’s chosen Worthy to partner with her on this project.”

In Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind stranger after being found on the side of the road. Young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event and adopts the overlooked dog with the mottled coat. Heartfelt and moving, Maverick and Me shows children the importance of pet rescue and empowers them to advocate for animals in need. Parents and kids alike will cherish Maverick’s story of love, friendship, and second chances.

“Adopting a puppy or dog is an incredible opportunity that kids don’t know much about,” says author Katherine Schwarzenegger, an ASPCA Ambassador. “This book celebrates adoption and introduces the concept to kids so that when they get their first dog, they choose to adopt and not shop.”

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris

ISBN: 9780824956875

Price: $16.99

Format: Jacketed Hardcover

Page Count: 32

Ages: 4-7

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist, and animal activist. Katherine and the real Maverick live in California, where Katherine blogs about their adventures. Together, Maverick and Katherine spread a message of hope, defying all odds, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue.

Phyllis Harris is a passionate supporter of pet adoption and has adopted two dogs, Brandy and Cassie, over the years. She has been illustrating children’s books since 2001, including On Christmas Day by Margaret Wise Brown and My Mama & Me by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband.

Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Worthy has four imprints: Worthy Books publishes a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, pop culture, biography, fiction, spiritual growth, and specialized Bibles; WorthyKids/Ideals creates colorful, interactive children’s books, including VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears, for ages 2 to 8; Ellie Claire produces beautifully crafted journals, gifts and paper expressions; and Worthy Inspired publishes inspirational felt-need, personal growth, and devotional books.

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Local author publishes heartwarming story of rescue cats and gains international attention.

ENFIELD, CT, Feb. 2, 2017 – Local author and long-time Connecticut resident, Shawn Flynn, is pleased to announce the release of, “THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him,” currently available from Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold. A touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship, THE KITTY offers an uplifting perspective on what it means to find true friendship in this world.

“I’ve had this story in my head for years about the love affair I have with my cats and decided to take some time to document my thoughts,” commented Mr. Flynn. “Before I knew it, I had a book. People who I shared my initial manuscript with were touched, and they encouraged me to see if I could get it published.”

What people are saying about THE KITTY:

“This book would be great for families and to read to your kids… I promise this book is a perfect cat lover best read!!” -Katzenworld, United Kingdom

"Heartwarming story of the love and healing power that rescue cats can bring into our lives and homes. Even if you are not currently a cat-lover, you'll become one after reading this story. ENJOY!" -Kathy McAfee, author of Stop Global Boring

"A very touching, nice story to read. Animal children love you unconditionally and make your world brighter." -Tamara Taylor

"This would be the perfect book for any cat lover on your shopping list. A funny, sweet and endearing true tale of a single man and his cats. Shawn Flynn captures the true essence of the profound impact our pets can have on our happiness and sense of stability." -John McLeod

After 25 years working in a market research career, Mr. Flynn decided to step away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.

More information can be found at Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Check out Mr. Flynn’s interview with Hartford book reviewer, John Valeri.

All are invited to attend the upcoming author events with Mr. Flynn:

Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT, Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sharing the Light Wholistic Center, 395 West Avon Road, Avon, CT, Friday, February 17, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main Street, Westfield, MA, Saturday, March 11, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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“A timely tale of science and suspense.”*

AMERICAN ECLIPSE

A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

David Baron

“Baron skillfully builds tension, giving readers a vivid sense of the excitement, hard work, and high stakes in play. With the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years set to occur in late August 2017, this engrossing story makes an entertaining and informative teaser.”

éPublishers Weekly (starred review)*

 “Baron brilliantly presents these three pioneers, their ambitions, and their struggles. As America again prepares to experience solar totality, Baron transports us to a remarkable moment that brought a nation together to witness the wonders of the heavens.”

éBooklist (starred review)

“Captivating....As Baron capably and enthusiastically shows, the solar eclipse of 1878 proved to be an important moment in the emergence of American science.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Throughout, the book depicts the United States as a young country striving to achieve parity with Europe on the intellectual stage…Baron tells a compelling tale.”

Library Journal

To understand eclipse chasers, it helps to be one. In AMERICAN ECLIPSE, David Baron—umbraphile[1] extraordinaire and an acclaimed science writer—travels back in time to profile three outsized personalities hell-bent on making their names at the dawn of American astronomy. The result is a gripping and entertaining account of the frontiers of science set on the literal frontier, and it comes just in time for the first total solar eclipse to traverse the entire continental U.S. in 99 years.

While we await that momentous event (on August 21; an experience that will awe tens of millions of Americans), David Baron gives us the gripping tale of a solar eclipse 140 years ago that inspired the country like never before. On a July afternoon in 1878, at the start of the Gilded Age and the height of the Wild West, the moon’s shadow descended on the American frontier, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This eclipse, which had been predicted by astronomers, lured many of the era’s great scientists to the West in an era of train robberies and Indian hostilities.

Among them were a young Thomas Edison, who hoped to leverage the eclipse to burnish his scientific credentials; the vainglorious James Craig Watson, who sought professional bragging rights for new planets and asteroids; and Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who aimed to use the event to show what women could do in science. An untold tale of ambition, failure, and eventual triumph, the book brings to life the intellectual and technological flowering of late-nineteenth-century America, a period that laid the foundation for the country’s eventual rise to scientific greatness.

AMERICAN ECLIPSE is the perfect antidote for a cynical and divided nation; proof of how we can still marvel at a natural spectacle that elevates us beyond our workaday lives, and how Americans can rally around a moment—and will, this August 21—to ponder our collective place in the cosmos.

AUTHOR TOUR: New York (June 2-3); Washington DC (June 4-6); Boston (June 8-10); New Jersey (June 11-12); Atlanta (June 13-14); Philadelphia (June 15); St. Louis (June 16-17); Kansas City (June 20); Boulder (June 29); Denver (July 12 and 24); Colorado Springs (July 13); Portland, OR (July 18); Seattle (July 19)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Baron, an award-winning journalist, is a former science correspondent for NPR and former science editor for the public radio program The World. An incurable umbraphile whose passion for chasing eclipses began in 1998, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Author website at www.american-eclipse.com.

TITLE: AMERICAN ECLIPSE: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

AUTHOR: David Baron

PUBLICATION DATE: June 6, 2017

PAGES: 352              PRICE: $27.95          ISBN: 978-1-63149-016-3

 

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Girls Trip

Universal Pictures, Perfect World and Will Packer Productions present an R rated, 122 minute, Comedy, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, written by Kenya Barris and Karen McCullah with a theater release date of July 21, 2017.

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW IN TRADE PAPERBACK!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
• Maple Smoked Rice Paper Bacon (NEW!)
• Alfredo Sauce (NEW!)
• Cashew Dill Cheese
• Nutty Chocolate Ice Cream Bars
• Esther-Approved Cherry Cheesecake
• A Conversation With Steve & Derek (NEW!)
Grand Central Publishing is proud to present the New York Times Bestseller, ESTHER THE WONDER
PIG: Changing the World One Heart at a Time by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, with Caprice
Crane in trade paperback on May 30, 2017 — with two new Esther-Approved recipes and a Conversation
with Steve and Derek!
ESTHER THE WONDER PIG shares the heartwarming story of this titular social media superstar and
friend to all, and of how loving families really do come in all shapes and sizes. Esther has won the hearts
of people from many walks of life, amassing—with her parents’ love and support—over 1 million followers
across social media (and growing!) She is now declared a Global Influencer on Facebook in a special
partnership with the mega platform.
In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet.
Though he knew his partner Derek wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little animal,
thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know how that decision would change his and Derek’s
lives forever. It turned out that there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually
signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Tiny Esther weighed just four pounds back then, but is now
a whopping 650 pounds. Esther quickly outgrew their small home—but not without some real growing
pains and a lot of messes. Esther voices her opinions, and boy does she have opinions!
When it became clear that Esther needed more space—and a lot of it—Steve and Derek made another
life-changing decision: they bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where
they could care for Esther once she was full-grown and for other animals like her, in need of a safe haven
when there usually is none for them. The couple continues to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and
abused farm animals there. Esther shares her life on the farm with lovable pigs, cows, birds, goats, donkeys,
horses, sheep, rabbits, and other canine and feline siblings!
Funny, heartwarming, and truly charming, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG follows Steve and Derek’s adventure
from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals. Esther is a true phenomenon with
an inspiring, love-filled message for the world.
Peace, Love & Esther!
 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
In just three short years, Steve and Derek have cemented a place for themselves among the world’s
most wellknown and successful animal activists, accumulating hundreds of thousands of followers from
all over the globe. In 2014, Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville,
Ontario, where they continue to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused farmed animals.
Caprice Crane is an award-winning, internationally bestselling, five-time novelist, screenwriter, and
television writer. Caprice’s humor and satirical observations have earned her a wildly loyal social media
following and the distinction as one of the Huffington Post’s “50 Funny People You Should Be Following
on Twitter.”
“First, Jenkins and Walter opened their hearts to one very special pig, and now they are opening their
doors and letting us in, too. ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a tender, funny story that manages to sneak
up behind you when you’re least expecting it and change your life. Be prepared to fall in love—with a pig.”
—Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir and co-host of Our Hen House
“Told with self-effacing humor and a sense of wonder at what life can bring, ESTHER is the story of
the transformative power of love between people and animals and how the decision to try to make a difference
on a personal level can effect positive change far beyond anything that might have been imagined.”
—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
“Steve and Derek show us what we already know at Mercy for Animals-that farmed animals are just as
deserving of love and respect as the dogs and cats we share our home with-or, in their case, the pig they
share their home with.”
—Nathan Runkle, founder & president, Mercy for Animals
“An inspirational, enjoyable read, especially for animal lovers.”
—Booklist
“Written in a sincere, touching, and often quite funny voice, ESTHER THE WONDER PIG is a balm to
the soul . . . So far, definitely my favorite read of 2016.”
—Have Cake, Will Travel
“Funny, entertaining, enlightening, and touching, this book about an unknowingly influential little piggy is
a good read that also provides an education on the intelligence of pigs and their capacity for giving and
receiving affection.”―
—Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
 

From one of the country’s foremost doctors and now New York Times bestselling author comes a step-by-step plan for diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme and other chronic diseases.

HOW CAN I GET BETTER?

An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease

Dr. Richard Horowitz

Since its release in the fall of 2013, Dr. Horowitz's groundbreaking text on Lyme and chronic disease Why Can’t I Get Better? has been an extraordinary success, selling close to 50,000 copies across formats to date with a media platform that is increasing every day. Now, in HOW CAN I GET BETTER?:  An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease (SMP OS February 14, 2017), a new handbook, he provides what everyone suffering desperately needs: a direct, actionable step by step plan for implementing his 16-point MSIDS Diagnostic Map in the treatment of Lyme and Chronic Disease, along with the research updates that guide his treatment and new stories pulled from his practice that show how healing is possible.

The ongoing debate over Lyme disease as a chronic illness has made it difficult for patients to find appropriate care, as they are often misdiagnosed with such diseases as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, an auto-immune disorder, or even a psychiatric condition. Meanwhile, answers are elusive and doctors knowledgeable in treating remain few. At the same time, the number of cases is growing astoundingly each year, reaching epidemic proportions. Specific and accessible, HOW CAN I GET BETTER? is an all-in-one source to guide doctors and patients alike in  identifying  symptoms and working together for the best possible treatment outcome.

RICHARD I. HOROWITZ is a board-certified MD specializing in Internal Medicine. He and his wife, Lee, founded the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, New York, which has treated over 12,000 patients for tick-borne diseases over the past twenty-six years. Dr. Horowitz is known for his pioneering work with Lyme disease and is recognized to be one of the country’s foremost experts on chronic illness.

ABOUT THE BOOK

HOW CAN I GET BETTER?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease

Author: Dr. Richard Horowitz

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

On sale: February 14, 2017

U.S. ISBN: 9781250070548 / $18.99

U.S. Ebook ISBN: 9781250111449 / $9.99

 

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