Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life [NOOK Book]

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Meet Bruce Goldstein: unemployed and recently dumped, this twenty-something New Yorker had fallen into such a deep depression he needed to call his mother just to get out of bed in the morning. In the downward spiral of bipolar disorder, neither therapy nor medication could help him shake his rapid mood swings, his fear of dying, or the voice of Satan, who first visited him one sunny day in Central Park.

Then comes Ozzy, an exuberantly life-affirming black Lab puppy who ...

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Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life

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Overview


Meet Bruce Goldstein: unemployed and recently dumped, this twenty-something New Yorker had fallen into such a deep depression he needed to call his mother just to get out of bed in the morning. In the downward spiral of bipolar disorder, neither therapy nor medication could help him shake his rapid mood swings, his fear of dying, or the voice of Satan, who first visited him one sunny day in Central Park.

Then comes Ozzy, an exuberantly life-affirming black Lab puppy who launches Bruce on a surprising, uproarious journey of complete canine interdependence. Ozzy helps Bruce heal through the most unexpected source: the love of a good dog.

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Editorial Reviews

Zink
An uplifting romance that will inspire anyone who's suffered from depression and remind women everywhere why they started loving men in the first place-because deep down, they're pussycats.
My Pet World with Steve Dale
The book is filled with stuff any dog owner can identify with.Quite funny and always honest.
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OK! Magazine
“An inspirational true story on the therapeutic benefits a pet can provide.”

Shape
“For the grown-up Lassie lover…Warning: Get this only if you’re ready to adopt—you may head to the shelter after the last page.”

Palm Beach Post Blog
“Goldstein writes as a real person would. Not every author does that…If you’re looking for a good book, and yes, it happens to be about dogs, look at this one.”

BP Magazine
“Goldstein’s story is captivating, sometimes heartbreaking, and honest. It has the unique ability to promote an eye-opening understanding of bipolar disorder while appealing to the greater population of dog lovers. No doubt it will go far to help dissolve the stigma associated with bp.”

LibraryJournal.com
“From the opening sentence…to the last…readers will appreciate how one seemingly insignificant four-legged creature made a life-altering difference to a young, suicidally depressed man. Four paws up…Joining the recent wave of memoirs about dogs and their owners, Goldstein’s book differs in that it focuses on the ability of canines to touch our souls and provide unconditional love and support during times of extreme psychological stress. In that respect, it is similar to Mark Doty’s Dog Years.”

Modern Dog
“Surprisingly uplifting…A tale most dog owners can relate to.”

Writing Doctor’s Blog
“If you’re a dog lover, the subtitle will convince you to grab this book. Bend down, drop your umbrella and purse on the way, and see what Goldstein has to say for himself about his love affair with a Labrador retriever puppy…Is Puppy Chow overly sentimental? Maybe. But humor saves it. Is it for dog lovers only? Maybe. And then again, maybe not. Because the subtitle is right. Ozzy does save Bruce’s life. More, it’s about what we all, sick and well, must learn to expect from ourselves, no matter what. And finally, it’s about how the magic of love, even a dog’s love, can save us when we’re lost.”

The Yummy List
“Funny. Tragic. Warm…Cleverly written, anyone who likes a grown-up dog story will be transported for the time it takes to enjoy.”

Zink
“An uplifting romance that will inspire anyone who’s suffered from depression and remind women everywhere why they started loving men in the first place—because deep down, they’re pussycats.”

PublishersWeekly.com
“In this man-boy-meets-dog memoir, first time author Goldstein hits a number of satisfying…notes relating his story of heartbreak, mental illness and redemption in the big city…Goldstein’s chronicle is funny and absorbing, and should have dog lovers nodding along in happy recognition.”

Blogcritics.org
“Goldstein bravely shares what it is like to live with bipolar disorder…[A] heart-warming and at times heart-wrenching story.”

Colorado Springs Independent
“The pace of Goldstein's words alone will suck you in to his story. His descriptions are so vivid you'll feel as if you've taken up residence in his brain, riding the raging storm within him. Your heart will race with his, and your breathing will slow when he is calm. Perhaps most importantly, you'll come to love Ozzy (his "furry antidepressant") as much as Goldstein does.”

Metapsychology Online Reviews
“Astonishingly honest and direct…Gives a vivid description of what bipolarity is like from the inside. Though compelling and engaging, [Goldstein] somehow still manages to write a ‘feel good’ kind of book on this tough issue…A personal and touching account on coping with mental illness…An interesting and engaging individual story.”

Evansville Courier & Press
“A sensitive memoir [that] traces the steady and terrifying collapse of an advertising executive into bipolar manic depression and shows how a wonderful dog named Ozzy helped.”

InfoDad.com
“This is a 100% first-person account, and it is a harrowing one…The eventual ending of the book…is almost ridiculously tear-jerking, and at the same time so life-affirming that it is tempting to recommend that everybody with a mental disorder rush out and get a dog immediately. But that is not Goldstein’s point at all: he tells the story of what worked for him, not what will necessarily work for others. But he tells it with such heart that it is impossible not to wish for an Ozzy for everyone.”

Dog Fancy
“It’s more than just a story about mental illness. The book chronicles the way that raising a dog changes your life for the better.”

Bookviews.com, a May “Pick of the Month”
“It is a chronicle of falling in love and experiencing all the joys of man’s best friend…A wonderful true story.”

Paw Print
“Takes us into the world of author Bruce Goldstein’s manic depression, just as Sylvia Nasar’s A Beautiful Mind explored the horrors of schizophrenia…Pet owners will certainly relate to Goldstein’s having to rearrange his life around Ozzy…Goldstein’s prose flows effortlessly…The book’s message is life-affirming and life-altering.”

Curled Up with a Good Book
“A true testament to why dogs are man's best friend…The transformation between Bruce pre-dog and post-dog…is astonishing to read…Goldstein is unflinchingly honest and real, tapping into a deep, dark pain that most people never personally experience. This book offers insight into the terrors of mental illness but also has the tender and humorous moments that many dog lovers can relate to.”

“My Pet World with Steve Dale” nationally syndicated column
“The book is filled with stuff any dog owner can identify with…Quite funny and always honest.”

James Patterson, # 1 New York Times bestselling author
“This very funny, sad book is even better than the cover, and it’s a helluva cover!”

Lee Harrington, author of Rex and the City: A Memoir of a Woman, a Man, and a Dysfunctional Dog
“This tender, joyous ode proves, once again, that happiness is a warm puppy. I hope zillions of readers—manic, depressive, obsessive compulsive, borderline, or just plain normal—will be inspired to visit their local shelters and adopt a canine bundle of joy today!”

Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania
“Goldstein’s memoir is touching, inspiring and funny. It makes me wish that every psychiatrist would write a prescription for a pet.”

Claudia Kawczynska, Editor-in-Chief, The Bark
“An uproarious and yet tender story of how a charming pup transformed the life of a man battling depression. It is a delightful read for dog lovers.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306817625
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 832,986
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Bruce Goldstein received a BFA in Advertising Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 1992. He lives in Manhattan with his family.
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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Overemotional Tripe

    Not only is this a dreary recitation of the author's constant crying, shaking, and carrying on. it doesn't even do justice to the dog. If I weren't a dog lover, on the basis of this book, I'd never get one. All the author talks about is the dog's diarhea, vomiting, chewing things up--not food. He never gives one instance of this dog's showing compassion for him, or trying to make him feel better. Since my own long experience with myriad dogs have shown me how sensitive they are to people's moods and how they'll try to alleviate your depression by snuggling with you, I find it strange that all Mr. Goldstein can discuss is picking up poop. I also was annoyed by his constant begging to God, and also his blaming Satan for his problems. I don't know Mr. Goldstein's religion, but, from his name, I would've presumed he could be Jewish, but Judaism isn't that involved with Satan or the numbers 666. Jews do talk to God, but it's not necessary to spend page after page saying you implored God for something. Does this man ever pray?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    Puppy Love!

    We've all loved Lassie, Benji & Rin Tin Tin. This is the story about a dog saving a man's life in a different way. Bruce is a manic depressive living in NYC. He has been struggling with inner demons, walking a fine precipice between life & suicide. His friends and his therapist are at wits' end. He has no job, and his girlfriend has just broken up with him. But then, Bruce falls in love with Ozzy, a tiny black lab puppy. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with their own demons, those fascinated with mental health and most of all, to those who already believe that dogs are angels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    Depressing Yet Well Written

    He changed his mind of being depressed then happy many times but in to end the book is very interesting. It also kept me reading, which is very hard for me, seeing as how i only read when i have to. Reccomended for all who won't take the depressing parts with too much of a heavy heart.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

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    Great Book minus the fact that he had to announce his religion.

    Really enjoyed the book but felt that we really didnt need to go into the religeous part of it. All in all i can relate the difficult times that no one understands until they really go through it.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    Very Good...

    This book was very good. It was well developed, and very interesting. I would highly reccomend it.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Great book

    Goldstein writes with such humor and wit as he details his life with Ozzy. For those with mental illness and dog lovers alike, this book is a pearl.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009

    A must read for anyone with a chemical imbalance or cares for someone who does!

    Puppy Chow is Better than Prozac not only gave me solace in dealing with my own chemical imbalance but gave my husband a better understanding and different viewpoint into my daily internal battles. Mr. Goldstein's upfront honesty as well as splashes of humor will allow you a voyueristic peek into what some of us call our reality. By sharing his mission of
    acquiring a canine companion, we are all shown the amazing power of not only having a purpose in life but the need for unconditional love.

    I highly recommend this book to all who have been touched by emotional or mental disabilities as well as every dog lover on the planet. I believe you will come away with a much better understanding of both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac

    Quite true!
    A bit messy to visualize story, but quite amazing.
    And rather inspiring, educational, and encouraging
    for those of us considering getting a dog. Is also
    a kind of warning what to expect with unhousebroken
    dog!
    But also shows we can win this!

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Delightful and heartwarming

    This book was so enjoyable and delightful read. It had me so absorbed in it that it did not take me long to read! It has a very heartwarming story about the author and his black lab Ozzy. It is very inspirational and I reccommend everyone to read this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    Wow

    From the opening sentence...to the last...readers will appreciate how one seemingly insignificant four-legged creature made a life-altering difference to a young, suicidally depressed man. This book focuses on the ability of dogs to touch our souls and provide unconditional love and support during times of extreme psychological stress and of course every day life. 'A dog is the only thing on earth who loves us more than he loves himself' How true!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    absolutely amazing

    the way the author writes in such detail about all of the thoughts running through his head so rapidly reminded me of how my own brain jumps from idea to idea. the book is very personal and the author gives great insight into his own personality as well as his mental illness. dealing with my own depression, this book really encouraged me to fight it and reminded me that i can depend on animals whenever they need me. i had my younger sister read it as well and she loved it almost as much as i did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Unbelievably touching

    I loved this book! I thought that after Marley & Me that all dog-meets-man stories would just be the same. But then I read Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac. This comes at you from a different angle. Sure, Marley was a great dog, but Ozzy saved a life! This book made me a little more comfortable about my past depression and now I feel a little less crazy about babying my pets. :' A must read for any animal lover, anyone struggling with a mental illness, or anyone with a heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    A touching memoir about a life saved by a puppy

    I was very excited to finally receive my copy of this book. I have been hearing about it for a month on the web. I found this story compelling a very readable. The authors descriptions of his symptoms and subsequent diagnosis of manic depression are vivid and thought provoking. He really hits a low point before deciding that a dog might be his last chance. The story that follows is hilarious and touching. As Bruce's trial and error education in puppy rearing commences we laugh and cry with him as Ozzy, his adorable black lab puppy, drags Bruce back into life. I think anyone who lives with a pet can tell you that they can lift your sprits with a warm nuzzle, but this dog truly saved this mans life. A great read for pet lovers, but also a thoughtful memoir about coping with mental illness and a wonderful tale about falling in love.

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