Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion by Jon Katz (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionIn this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people. In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn t planning to add ather animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly t a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. Simon s recovery was far from easy. Weak and malurished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon s health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks. This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. In the great tradition of heroes from Don Quixote to Shrek who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up t just to Simon, t just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship. With grace, warmth, and keen emotional insight, Saving Simon plumbs the depths of the bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of living a more compassionate, considered, and meaningful life. Praise for Saving Simon Heartwarming . . . a touching tale. USA Today Highly recommended . . . an enjoyable and thoughtful work. Library Journal (starred review) [ Saving Simon ] handles the emotional highs and lows of living with animals with empathy and thoughtfulness, forcing readers to re-examine their own meanings of compassion and mercy. Kirkus Reviews The message of this true story will linger with the reader long after the book has been placed on the shelf. Bookreporter [An] uplifting and insightful memoir . . . Katz s fans and animal lovers of all kinds will doubt be delighted by Simon s heartwarming story. Publishers Weekly Praise for Jon Katz With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal. John Grogan, author of Marley & Me Katz s world of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit is a place you re glad you ve been. The Boston Globe From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz. San Antonio Express-News
- Author BiographyJon Katz has written twenty-six books, including works of nonfiction, novels, short stories, and books for children; he is also a photographer. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette, and has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, and their dogs, donkeys, barn cats, sheep, and chickens.
- Author(s)Jon Katz
- PublisherBallantine Books
- Date of Publication07/10/2014
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBallantine Books
- Out-of-print date27/10/2016
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, frontispiece
- Weight363 g
- Width147 mm
- Height221 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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