The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

by Ellen Cooney
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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney

New and Noteworthy from USA TodayA Best New Book of the Week from People

"This book will grab your heart and not let go."
—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me

“A wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain. Come. Sit. Read!” —Lily King, author of Euphoriaand The Pleasing Hour
“If you’ve ever loved a dog, this book is a must-read.” —Missourian 

The Sanctuary is a refuge for strays and rescued dogs. Evie has joined a training program there, though she knows almost nothing about animals. Like the greyhound who won’t move, the Rottweiler with attitude problems, or the hound who might be a candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie has a troubled past. But as they all learn, no one should stay prisoner to a life she didn’t choose. Heartfelt and hilarious in turn, this is a deeply moving story of the countless ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves, and new hope.
“This is a miracle of a book . . . Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness.  If Cooney needs someone to convince her to write a sequel, I volunteer.” —Gail Godwin, author of Evensong and Publishing
“A moving and joyous romp . . . All the dogs are wonderfully, fully drawn characters . . . A brilliantly crafted, uplifting book.” —The Bark

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544237094
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 105,037
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

ELLEN COONEY is the author of A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies and other novels. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker and many literary journals. She has taught writing at MIT, Harvard, and Boston College, and now lives in Maine with her dogs Andy, Skip, and Maxine—who are each, in their own way, rescues.

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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, moving book! I read one to two books each week, and it's been several years, since I enjoyed one so much. I wish I could rate this well-researched novel higher than five stars, as I believe it stands above most! Ms. Cooney is a very gifted writer, who provides well-developed, true-to-life characters - both two-footed and four-footed. For anyone who has ever loved and been loved by a dog, this is a must-read. It's about healing and crafting new, healthier lives - not just for the rescued dogs, but for their rescuers as well. If Ellen Cooney happens to read this review, I just have two words for her: "Sequel, please!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Right up there with "The Art of Racing In the Rain" for those who read and loved that book.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I am a huge dog lover so I enjoyed the book – the dogs were my favorite. Well, most of the dogs. I am a big dog lover so Josie and Dora weren’t really a favorite of mine, but I loved Hank and was bummed he left so soon. I loved Boomer as well (pit bulls and goldens are my dogs of choice!). (And I enjoyed Shadow, Tasha, and Alfie.) I have had a tickle to want to open a rescue shelter myself and this definitely pulled at those heart strings. I felt like I could connect to the book with the way that Evie communicated with the dogs and of course, the dogs themselves; but I am still struggling with all the holes that were in the story. We eventually learn Evie had a history of cocaine abuse as well as substance abuse “treatment” of some sort. And we know she doesn’t have anyone in the outside world, but that is all we know. Nothing more. We can gather that there is a story behind Giant George, Mrs. Auberchon, and the sisters; but again, no more. I really would have liked the holes filled in a little more – to learn more about the people that we and the dogs interacted with. Still, I rated this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounding it up to a 4 star read.
MCHEATH More than 1 year ago
Wow, I loved this book. Shed some tears. Laughed and was impressed with the warmth and care.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book, its not not just a feel good book its about relationships between humans and their best friends.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
An ideal book to choose for book club.  It definitely would open conversation for doglovers and aiding shelters.  The writing style is definintely unique - as is the main character of Evie - so I think the style is fitting.  And there is such a powerful message about the abuse of dogs by humans - without getting too graphic or preachy - yet gently aggressive to open our hearts to be aware of the inhumanity some humans practice on trusting 4-legged creatures in their care.  WOW.  I will definitely be investigating other stories by this author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I was expecting more about dogs and less about the main character. It was OK but for me, not great.
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Kiss your hand post this to three other books and then look under your pillow