Here is some exciting news gang! My friends at Crown Publishers sent me two wonderful books to give away, and let me tell you, both books are terrific.
BUDDY: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man by longtime Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory (On Sale November 13, 2012) is a hilarious and heartwarming account of finding love in the second chapter. Buddy is about discovering what’s missing in life later in life and in committed bachelor Brian’s case, this meant a wonderful woman who happened to come with two young daughters and all sorts of other accessories, most notably a pet rooster that arrived via a grammar school science project and then never left. Buddy, the rooster, loves the kids and Pam (the wonderful woman), but absolutely despises Brian and everything that he represents. In the end, though, it’s not a story about a foil, but a guide in Brian’s new life of family and commitment after a painful divorce and the tragic loss of his longtime canine companion. With luminous writing and expert comic timing, McGrory brings to life a classic story of love, acceptance, and change as one man’s nemesis rooster becomes his madcap mentor.
“A book that makes us laugh and cry is precious…I know well that animals can change the lives of men, open them up, appear mysteriously as magical helpers as they sort out their lives, make us better and more loving men. That’s what Buddy did for Brian McGrory. Anyone who has ever loved an animal will want to go on this journey.”
–Jon Katz, author of Going Home, A Dog Year, and Dancing Dogs
A CHRISTMAS HOME by Greg Kincaid, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved A Dog Named Christmasand its prequel Christmas with Tucker, is a heart-warming, holiday story of love and the unbreakable bond between a young man with developmental disabilities and his dog.
Todd McCray, hero of A Dog Named Christmas, as well as the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie hit, is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal shelter, where he meets and quickly becomes best friends with Laura, a young volunteer. Life seems good for Todd, but all is not well in his hometown. Struggling families unable to make ends meet are abandoning more and more dogs and the shelter is swelling to capacity. Local governments are struggling to meet their obligations too, and in early December, on the cusp of another holiday season, Todd’s boss breaks the bad news. Due to funding problems, the shelter will close its doors before the end of the year. But what will happen to all the animals and where will Todd work? What will happen to his emerging relationship with Laura?
With the same reverence for classic storytelling tradition that distinguishes his last two tales, Kincaid’s A CHRISTMAS HOME (On Sale October 30, 2012) is a charming fireside read and sure to be another holiday classic.
If you would like to win one of these fantastic books simply leave a comment telling me that you would like to win. You must leave a comment before midnight on Friday, November 16th. All readers, regardless of where you live, are eligible. I will use Random.org and the first winner will win the first book and the second winner will win the second book.
Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!