A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

by Sue Halpern
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A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern

In late adolescence, Pransky was bored: she needed a job. and so Sue Halpern decided to give herself and her underoccupied Labradoodle a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy-dog team. Pransky proved to be not only a terrific therapist, smart and instinctively compassionate, but an unerring moral compass as well. 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. Little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what goodness 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 virtuous—that is to say, faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent—mutt showed great hope, fortitude, and restraint (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding) as she taught a well-meaning woman the essence and pleasures of the good life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594487200
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/16/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sue Halpern is the author of five previous books. Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Time, The New Yorker, Parade, Rolling Stone, and Glamour, among others. She has been a Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow and is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. She lives with her husband, the writer Bill McKibben, and Pransky in Ripton, Vermont.

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A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow.  What an amazing book!  Regardless of whether you are a dog lover or not, this book is filled with great stories and heartfelt emotion  The author provides a wonderful  insight into the human condition.  Each chapter deals with a different virtue (love, hope, charity, fortitude etc.,) which the residents of the nursing home that the author and therapy dog visit  beautifully encompass.   When I received this book, I started reading it and completed it one afternoon.  Simple, but profound.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sue Halpem is a smarty, witty writer and she doesn't disappoint with her newest book, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. The writing is top notch. The characters are well developed. The dialog is interesting. The plot is nicely put together. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well organized and a delight to read. Easy reading and good for all ages.
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SusanMDM More than 1 year ago
The book was educational, funny, sad, and well-written. I especially liked the way the author organized the chapters. I shared this book with my son who wants his dog to become a therapy dog.
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