New York Times best-selling author Nick Trout has captivated audiences with his books that take us behind the scenes into the heartwarming - and sometimes heartrending - world of veterinary medicine. In a perfect follow-up to his first two books, he turns his lens inward and offers a funny, moving, and thoughtful, memoir about the animals he's had all his life.
Nostalgic, warm, and insightful, Ever By My Side is about the power of animals to shape our lives, to teach us, and to bear witness to our struggles, triumphs, hopes, and fears.
©2011 Dr. Nicholas Trout (P)2011 Tantor
"A tender tribute to the author's father." (Kirkus)
It's probably my fault. I downloaded this book after listening to the "All Creatures Great and Small" series, which I adored. I was hoping for more of the same, but alas, no. This book is really an autobiography, beginning in the author's childhood, the dogs the family had, and the family's joys and sorrows during that period. There are a few "tongue in cheek" comments that might cause a chuckle, but that's about it for the humor, IMO. His father admires James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), and recommends that he become a vet. When he is in high school, they drive to the area where James Herriot lives and practiced veterinary medicine and he gets an autograph. Then he goes to college and subjects you to detailed medical descriptions as he travels around the English countryside as a medical student working with various vets. That was where I got bored (in chapter 6). I suppose this book might be interesting to a young person who is considering veterinary medicine. It can be considered lighthearted in some ways - not overly technical, but it was not for me.
Honest, Self-Aware, Thought-Provoking
In many ways this book is similar to the author's previous two books which were primarily accounts of his experiences with dogs and cats in his clinical career. All three books blend a professional approach with his personal empathy for the animals and humans involved. However, this book focuses on the development of his personal connection with his own animals along with his maturing relations with his family. His deep love for all is clear throughout.
I enjoyed the scene where his daughter's Labrador swam out into a large lake chasing swans and a panicked call to 911 resulted in the appearance of a rescue team willing to go all out to save the dog or recover her remains for the little girl. I won't reveal the end result of this adventure. Read the book!
A vet's personal account of the animals in his life and how they made him a better man
I recommend this book highly to all animal lovers.
No, I found the story drawn out and boring. I stopped listening after the 4th part
No, always willing to try one
Only if the book seems to have more energy
None of the characters are bad, it is just a boring story about a boy becoming a vet
This book is just not interesting. A boys love for dogs, then becoming a vet. I couldn't make it past the 4th part it was so boring.
heart-warming, funny, bittersweet
No, too many to count
It made me laugh, it made me cry, it touched my heart.
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