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Tall Poppies Review: Sonja Yoerg’s “House Broken” Tackles Tough Issues With Wit and Layers

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Veterinarian Geneva Novak relates better to animals than humans. Maybe not that surprising once we meet her dysfunctional family. When her mother is injured in an alcohol-fueled accident, Geneva’s husband convinces her that taking mom in, is the opportunity to repair their relationship. Toss in two teenagers with their own set of issues, a slew of family secrets and complicated sibling relationships and you have the ingredients for a perfect familial explosion. Sonja Yoerg tackles tough issues in this book with an unsentimental and unapologetic honesty. Her wicked wit and effortless writing lift this fractured family from the pages and into your heart. Told from the point-of-view of three characters and three generations, we’re drawn into the complexities of families…

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When You Look With Your Heart, Oh The Things You Might See!: A Review of ‘Will’s Red Coat’ by Tom Ryan

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Will’s Red Coat is, at first glance, a moving and beautiful true story of a dog on death row who chooses life against significant challenges, and the exquisitely compassionate and patient author, Tom Ryan, who brought him home, initially, to die with dignity.   Look deeper, however, and Ryan’s story is a powerful example of how, by embracing what animals have to teach us, a human can wake up to experience life with more joy, understanding and peace. The spiritual awakening Ryan encounters doesn’t just show up at his door unannounced; it was something he had to earn.  Ryan has clearly logged his share of solitary miles on the journey to Self, finding his way out of both the rat…

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We Walk Beside You: The Messages from Animals, To Us

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Whether we listen for the whisper of our inner voice or wait until it clobbers us over the head, we all get internal messages that signal when it’s time to make changes in our lives. My shift began 13 years ago, when the whisper told me I cared much more about my clients’ and co-workers’ health and well-being, than about any business deal or transaction that brought us together. The mallet to the head came in the form of anxiety and dread beginning each day of my 20th year in corporate America. Since I had been informally studying nutrition since the age of 11, my first step towards self-reinvention was becoming certified as a health coach, empowering people to make…

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These Adorable Animals Reading Will Get You Through Any Work Week!

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It’s Monday folks! Now, before you go drowning your back-to-work blues in a pot full of coffee and sugary donuts (I’m not opposed to that method, by the way), let’s ease into the work week — following a long holiday weekend — with a compilation of animals reading, because really, why not?! And not just any animals, but the cutest, most adorkable little furry, fuzzy, feathery friends ya ever did see. I  mean, everyone knows animals can talk– so they most definitely know how to read. Like, duh! Note: Bunnies were not included in this epic list because they give me the creeps, with their beady eyes and twitchy nose… (Yes, I’m quoting Buffy the Musical right now… shhh, don’t judge me). Anywho, here…

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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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The Bear Necessities: What to Read if You’re Obsessed with The Jungle Book

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In 1894, English author Rudyard Kipling created a novel that conveyed moral lessons within it’s story using wild animals and a feral orphan child. It wasn’t until Kipling’s tales grabbed the attention of Walt Disney himself in 1967 that the story catapulted to fame. The Jungle Book animation was the last film produced by Walt Disney and one, it’s safe to say, we all hold dear. While the original movie holds a special place in my heart, I’ve been awaiting Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book film since the moment I first heard it’s creation was a possibility. And now that it’s actually a reality, I’m beside myself with anticipation. Looks amazing, riiiight?! Listen, I love animals. I mean, who doesn’t?…

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Dirty Chick takes urban farming to whole new level

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I live in Vermont, where locavore hipsters and 30- and 40-something environmentally conscious folks raise urban chickens on every other block. Some of them even raise bees, make their own goat cheese, concoct good-for-you tonics chock full of herbs grown in mason jars that line their window sills, and craft their own beer. My husband and I have, on more than one occasion, been asked to chicken-sit for friends, a task whose chores may range from simply checking on and feeding the hens to gathering eggs to administering fowl-friendly antibiotics to ill, quarantined chickens. While the animals make adorable additions to the neighborhood—and hey, I love fresh eggs as much as the next gal—I’ve seen enough chicken shit to know…

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It’s National Dog Day! Celebrate with a book for you and a bath for him–or her

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Ahh….it’s August. The dog days of summer are finally here. While you may be thinking of barbecues, beaches and sunny days, August 26 is National Dog Day! According to the American Pet Products Association, in 2012 more than 83 million dogs are pets. Americans spend $50 billion annually taking care of the furry companion. Any dog owner will tell you flat out that their dog isn’t simply a pet, but a family member. Proud pet parents love their “fur kids” more than anything in the world, and sometimes, even more than their relatives. But what makes dogs so remarkable and why do we feel such incredible affection for our four legged friends? Dogs are amazing. They ask for nothing and…

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Exploring American life and values through our love of dogs

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As Benoit Denizet-Lewis reports in his new book Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country (Simon & Schuster), America has the highest rate of dog companionship in the world. These animals—loyal and protective, eager and unconditionally loving—perhaps represent something fundamental about the American spirit. They are, as Denizet-Lewis writes, “relentless optimists,” just like we are. There is something to be learned then about American life and values—especially at a time when the country is polarized and it seems impossible for anyone to agree on anything—by examining our national love of dogs. What do our dogs say about us?” This is what Denizet-Lewis set out to explore when he hopped in an RV with his lab Casey for a…

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Live Interview: One of the 21st century’s most exciting authors talks new existential thriller

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Welcome to Booktrib’s Live Chat with MIKE BOND, the “master of the existential thriller”. He discusses his newly released thriller Saving Paradise, answers viewers questions and explains the root of his environmental interest. When a beautiful journalist drowns mysteriously off Waikiki, Hawaii, Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins, now a well-known surfer and international correspondent for surfing magazines, soon gets embroiled in trying to find out why she died. What he quickly learns makes him a target for murder or life in prison as a cabal of powerful corporations, foreign killers and crooked politicians places the blame on him. Haunted by memories of Afghanistan, and determined to protect the Hawaii he loves from dirty politics tied to huge destructive energy developments, Pono…

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