Justine van der Leun “Marcus of Umbria”

June 8th, 2011

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A neglected dog changes a young woman’s life, and her definition of what makes a good relationship, in a book that readers compare to “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Marley & Me,” and even “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”

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Onetime New York editor Justine van der Leun‘s story begins with a trip to Italy for romance. A relationship with a man becomes a relationship with his family, and then a relationship — of an unexpectedly rewarding nature — with a dark-headed English pointer. She names the dog Marcus. But the story takes another unexpected turn when van der Leun decides to return to America — with Marcus. Her book is called “Marcus of Umbria,”

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Luis Carlos Montalvan “Until Tuesday”

May 27th, 2011

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Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan came home from two tours of duty in Iraq with the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. He also returned with a damaged back, a blown-out knee, severe head injuries, blinding headaches, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

After his return to the states, the pressuress exacted their toll. Montalvan began drinking too much, he lost his marriage, he fell victim to agoraphobia. That was before Tuesday.

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Tuesday is a golden retriever, a service dog trained to assist the disabled. Montalvan didn’t know it at the time, but Tuesday had had a difficult history, as well.Now Montalvan tells their story — two wounded warriors who found and healed each other — in his book “Until Tuesday.”

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Susannah Charleson “Scent of the Missing”

April 18th, 2010

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When a child goes missing, or an Alzheimer’s patient wanders away, or a murder victim’s body must be found, human beings often need the help of capable dogs. Not every dog is suited for the work, but those that do have an aptitude form a unique bond with their human partners.

Susannah Charleson volunteered as a canine handler in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and before long was paired with a golden retriever puppy named Puzzle. Her new book about their experiences together is called “Scent of the Missing.”

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David Wroblewski “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle”

June 30th, 2008

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It is a rare writing debut that inspires the sort of adulation that David Wroblewski has received for his first novel “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.”

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The title character is a mute Wisconsin farm boy, whose unique coming of age takes place largely in the wild, with three dogs as his companions. But then again, it would be thoroughly misleading and incomplete to characterize this as either a dog story, a coming of age story, or even a family drama.

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Jon Katz “A Good Dog”

October 4th, 2006

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Orson is a border collie with issues, and he’s the heart of a new book by Jon Katz, the journalist who actually moved to a farm, from his devotion to Orson. Have you ever heard the term “lifetime dog”? Katz says Orson was his lifetime dog. His new book is called “A Good Dog.”

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