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Anything But a Dog! by Lisa Saunders

In Book reviews on September 21, 2009 at 3:41 am

Anything_But_a_Dog_by_Saunders[1]At some point or another, every child asks their parent(s) for a dog.  And at some point most parents tell their child(ren) that they can’t have a dog.  Next are the tears.  It’s with an exchange just like the one I just described that Lisa Saunders begins her book Anything But a Dog!, and a story that spans about 17yrs sprouts on the pages before your very eyes.

What makes this story of “girl meets dog” worth reading?  It’s shockingly human, brutally honest, and guaranteed to evoke emotion.  And if you still aren’t convinced – it’s a book with a cause.

Lisa’s youngest daughter Elizabeth, was born severely disabled due to CMV.  She would never speak, walk, or feed herself.  So to further educate parents about this debilitating virus Lisa wove priceless and under spread knowledge on CMV into pet horror stories.  You’ll learn how it’s spread, how you can prevent it, and what its devastating consequences can be.

But this story is not all tales of woe.  It’s ultimately the life of a very happy girl, who happens to be handicapped, and her loving dog with the heart of a saint – all wrapped up in the accounts of smelly bunnies, attack cats, and runaway hamsters.

All-in-all this book has a little something for everyone.  If, like me, you’ve never known anyone severely handicapped, you may be prone to pity them or stare when passing by on the street.  Anything But a Dog! will show you that pity is not necessary.  What is necessary if a dose of love and kindness.

If you have been touched in some way by disability, you’ll be comforted by Saunders’ relatable nature.  For mothers the information on CMV could protect your unborn child(ren) from the villain responsible for more birth defects than Down Syndrome.

If you couldn’t tell already, I’ve been profoundly moved by this book.  Which is always a sign of accomplishment for any author.  With minimal time investment (only 119 pgs, 140 including the back matter), what have you got to lose?

Lisa Saunders has truly shared a piece of herself and her family with the world – more so than any book I’ve read up until this point (and I’ve read quite a few).  I can’t say anything bad about that.

*Note: Anything But a Dog! cannot be found in stores.  To purchase a copy visit the following link (you can also get an autographed copy)!

Buy Anything But a Dog!

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What are you reading?

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2009 at 2:50 am

  So, as I’m sure you’ve probably heard – reading can make you a better writer.  It’s particularly important to read work that is in your intended line of expertise.  If you want to write for parenting magazines, pick up Parenting Magazine.  If you want to write business and finance articles subscribe to Forbes.  Simple enough right?

  I’m in luck, because I love to read.  So what am I reading right now?

  In the fiction category I have The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.  In non-fiction we have The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Well by Laurie Rozakis.  Of course when I’m finished you’ll probably be reading the reviews right here, or at the very least you’ll know they’re worth reading if they show up on my recommended reading list.  

  On another note I had a very productive day.  And yesterday wasn’t bad either……I must confess, up until yesterday I wasn’t on Twitter.  I know,  shame on me.  But I was in denial I guess.  I had no idea my very success hung on me having a twitter account.  According to Jennifer James in a Mom Bloggers Club article, “To not use Twitter is akin to blogging suicide. Essentially, if you’re not on Twitter you’re nowhere.”  After reading this article last night I immediately signed up for an account.  I now have 7 followers and I’m following 6 others.  

  I still don’t quite get “it”.  Whatever “it” is, but I’m already hooked.  Another internet addiction to add to my fast growing collection.  But at least I’m no longer under blogging suicide watch :-).

  Aside from my new Twitter account I also updated my new writer’s page with some sweet deals, and I edited my first 2 contributions to my web zine Balancing Act.  And now I’ll have a new blog post.  Not bad for a day’s work huh?  A-list writers everywhere here I come!