November 20, 2011 · 11:35 am
We recently posted a review of Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family – and a Whole Town – About Hope and Happy Endings by Janet Elder. I gave Huck our highest rating as a read, Highly Recommended. This one is so good that David Letterman said, “You’ll feel better about everything after you read this.”
Now, thanks to the publisher (Broadway Books), we have three (3) copies of Huck to give away to our readers. This trade paperback is 301 pages long – with a new Afterward – and has a retail value of $15.00. We’re also adding two additional copies of Huck that we picked up, and a hard-to-find pre-publication galley (Advance Review Copy) that we located; the latter version runs 295 pages in length. So, if Sasha the kitten is right – she’s counting on her paws – we’ll have not 1, 2, 3 or even 5 winners, but six (6) winners in this contest!
To enter this giveaway, tell us why you would like to win a copy of this particular story. This is open-book, so feel free to read or re-read the review (“The Pick of the Litter”) that I posted on this site on October 30, 2011; and/or any other reviews or information that you can locate on the internet. Post your response as a comment below including an e-mail address where you can be contacted, or send your reply as an e-mail to: Josephsreviews@gmail.com . This will count as a first entry.
For a second entry, tell us about the most important or unique animal you’ve encountered in your life. This can be an animal that you or your family owned, or one that was owned by a neighbor, or even one that you visited in a zoo. What did you learn from this animal? Again, you can post your response below or submit it as an e-mail message. In order to be eligible to enter and win this contest, you must live in the continental United States or Canada and be able to supply a residential (street) address if contacted. Books will not be shipped to a P. O. box or business-related address. You have until 12:00 p.m./midnight on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 to submit your entry or entries. However, the winners may be selected and notified before then depending on the quality of the entries received – so don’t delay!
This is it for the “complex” contest rules. Let’s hope that you’re one of the readers that will soon be adding a copy of Huck: The Remarkable Story of… One Lost Puppy to your library!
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October 30, 2011 · 8:36 am
Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family – and a Whole Town – About Hope and Happy Endings by Janet Elder (Broadway; $15.00; 301 pages)
“…our little dog, our Huck, had from the very beginning made all of us forget about cancer and its debilitating emotional and physical effects… From the moment he arrived, Huck brought a lot of love into all our lives.”
I happened to pick up this true tale while encountering a bit of rough sledding and it was the perfect choice. This is a book that will restore your faith in both humanity and the Universe, with a capital “U.” I’m not the only person who feels this way – comedian David Letterman said about Huck, “You’ll feel better about everything after you read this.”
Janet Elder and her husband Rich, who live in New York City, finally give in to their son’s pleas to have a dog; pleas which began when Michael was just four. Years later – after Janet has survived a battle with cancer – they get Michael a red-haired toy poodle named Huck. Huck appears to be the answer to many prayers until he’s left at a relative’s home while the Elders vacation in Florida. A neighborhood car accident creates a situation in which Huck gets loose and runs away from the house in Ramsey, New York. Ramsey is a bucolic rural community with woods populated with coyotes, raccoons and other dangerous predators (possibly even including bears). It also has high-speed roads that cut through the area, making the odds of survival for a lost animal even slimmer. Since Huck had never been to Ramsey before, the odds of him returning “home” are extremely unlikely.
Twenty-four hours into their much-needed vacation trip, the Elders learn that Huck has gone missing. They speed back to Ramsey to look for the lost dog. The details of the long hunt for Huck are best left for the reader to discover; however, what’s amazing about this true story is the way in which an entire community elected to help the Elders by attempting to find a very small dog lost in a large and dangerous, lightly populated wilderness area. Each of the volunteers involved brought different skills to the search, with one in particular deciding that they needed to think like an animal (e.g., animals generally re-cross their earlier paths) in order to locate Huck.
“Huck… is a constant reminder of the simple virtues that matter most in life – loyalty, humor, patience, companionship, and unconditional love.”
Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat or other animal go missing will definitely identify with the Elders, although you need not currently own a pet to relate to this wonderful, highly life-affirming, amazingly true story. Need your spirits lifted? If so, Huck may well do the job!
A review copy was provided by the publisher. The trade paperback version of the New York Times Bestseller contains an Afterward updating the story’s events since its original publication.
“Elder shows us humanity in its best light and we are uplifted.” The New York Times
“Your faith in humanity – and dogs – will be restored.” Lincoln Star Journal
“This dog book actually makes you feel better about people.” O, The Oprah Magazine
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October 29, 2011 · 2:02 pm
A review of Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family – and a Whole Town – About Hope and Happy Endings by Janet Elder.
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April 11, 2010 · 11:36 am
The Long Snapper by Jeffrey Marx (Harper One, $24.99, 245 pages)
The Long Snapper would be a charming true story except that we’ve read and seen it before. In the book and film version of The Rookie (Dennis Quaid starred in the movie), we were told the true story of Jim Morris, a professional baseball player who becomes a school teacher when his athletic career is over. Years pass before he’s suddenly contacted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who want him to try out for a pitching opening. He’s undecided but his students encourage him to take the try-out, and this “rookie” returns to “the Show.”
Take the exact same story and substitute the football player Brian Kitchen for Morris and you have The Long Snapper. Kinchen played pro football for 12 years before losing his job and becoming a school teacher. Two years pass and then guess what? Oh, yes, the same thing that happened in The Rookie. Except that Kinchen is invited to try out for a team that’s two wins away from the Super Bowl.
You can probably guess what the ending is going to be. Does our hero come through in the Big Game? The climax will only surprise those who haven’t seen Hoosiers, The Bad News Bears, Invincible or Remember the Titans.
Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review.
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