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Four Wings and a Prayer

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A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life.

At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what virtue is and does—how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to.

Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

Book News Annotation:

US writer Halpern describes the migration of monarch butterflies that live east of the Rocky Mountains from as far north as Canada to Mexico. She reminds readers that no one butterfly makes the round trip, but every year millions find their way to the same 50 acres in Mexico's Neovolcanic Mountains.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Halpern undertakes an enchanting study of the monarch butterfly: its awe-inspiring annual migration and the scientists and amateurs who are obsessed with this evanescent creature. Line drawings.

Synopsis:

A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life.

At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what virtue is and does—how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to.

Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-210).

About the Author

Sue Halpern is the author of Migrations to Solitude. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Audubon, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and Orion, among other publications. She lives in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375402081
Subtitle:
Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher
Editor:
Frank, Dan
Author:
Halpern, Sue
Author:
Frank, Dan
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Location:
New York
Subject:
Butterflies
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Monarch butterfly
Subject:
Butterflies & Moths
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
20130516
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375402081 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Halpern undertakes an enchanting study of the monarch butterfly: its awe-inspiring annual migration and the scientists and amateurs who are obsessed with this evanescent creature. Line drawings.
"Synopsis" by ,

A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life.

At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what virtue is and does—how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to.

Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-210).
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