How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
“A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves.”
“DOG MEDICINE simply has to be your next must-read.”
“Every word in this book is as honest and courageous as any I've ever read, and I've read a lot. I feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to read this book. You will, too.”
—Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter
DOG MEDICINE: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself (Penguin Books; July 19th, 2016; 978-0-14-313001-7; $17.00)captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. At age twenty-two, Julie Barton was living her childhood dream: living in New York City, working at a publishing company, and surrounded by a group of interesting and supportive friends. Yet, a year into her dream life, Julie had a complete breakdown, collapsing on her kitchen floor and barely having the strength to call her mom for help. Within twenty-four hours, Julie was on her way back to Ohio, slipping further into a black hole with seemingly no escape. After weeks of intervening by her parents, psychiatrists, and medication, Julie decided to try a different kind of therapy: bringing home a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker that changed her life forever.
DOG MEDICINE is as raw and unflinching as it is heartwarming. It follows Julie through her difficult relationship with her brother, unhealthy romantic relationships, and the depression that always simmered just below the surface. Bunker helped Julie feel the safety and comfort that she had been waiting for her entire life. With him by her side, she decided to try again at life and love.
Originally published by Think Piece Publishing in November 2015, Penguin Books is thrilled to be bringing Julie Barton and DOG MEDICINE to more readers.
About the Author:
Julie Bartonholds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women's studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.
Julie Barton will be touring to:
San Francisco/Pleasanton, CA Towne Center Books July 19/ 7:00PM
San Francisco/Oakland, CA A Great Good Place for Books July 20/ 7:00PM
St. Louis, MO St. Louis County Library July 21/ 7:00PM
Milwaukee, WI Boswell Book Company July 22/ 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA Book Passage /Corte Madera July 24/ 4:00PM
La Jolla, CA Warwick’s July 25/ 7:30PM
Boulder, CO Boulder Bookstore July 26/ 7:30PM
Denver, CO Tattered Cover July 27/ 7:00PM
Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Bookshop July 28/ 7:00PM
Miami, FL Books & Books August 1/ 7:00PM
Asheville, NC Malaprop’s August 2/ 7:00PM
Duxbury, MA Westwinds Bookshop August 4/ 7:00PM
New York, NY The Strand August 5/7:00PM
How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
Paperback | Penguin Books | 978-0-14-313001-7| On sale: July 19, 2016 | $17.00
Also available as an ebook
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