A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home

Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD5415
Released: May 16, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452612102
Narrator/s: Karen White
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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.


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A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home
Product Number: BX00044112
Product Number:DD5415
Product Number:Z100099812

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Author(s): Sue Halpern
Narrator(s): Karen White
Product Number Z100099812
Released: Jul 20, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452692104
Author(s): Sue Halpern
Product Number EB00384912
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9781101616062

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"A wonderful writer explores the meaning of being human through the encounters she and her therapy dog have at a nursing home. Avoiding sentimentality, her gaze ennobles the residents as they adjust to their losses, survive insults, and permit her dog to awaken lost sentiments and abilities. Karen White's authentic interpretation of this moving book elevates Halpern's humane writing. Sounding perfectly in tune with the author's sensibilities and never losing track of the broader themes, she glides through the poetic, be-there-now passages so comfortably that you can almost see the residents' minimalist clothing and smell the cafeteria food down the hall. White also understands the role of the dog in the story: to help Halpern deliver her philosophical message without sounding too didactic. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"