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About the Author

Jonathan Katz initially worked as a reporter and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, and later as executive producer of the CBS Morning News. Jon Katz is now a media critic, a journalist, and the author of several books covering a vast repertoire of show more topics. Katz has written several novels as well as non-fiction works which cover topics ranging from geek culture to his relationship with dogs. His titles include The Story of Rose, Dancing Dogs, A Good Dog, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm and The Second Chance Dog: A Love Story. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Image credit: Credit: Larry D. Moore, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX, Nov. 1, 2008


Works by Jon Katz

Rose in a Storm: A Novel (2010) 256 copies
Death by Station Wagon (1992) 76 copies
Dancing Dogs: Stories (2012) 70 copies
The Last Housewife (1995) 62 copies
The Family Stalker (1994) 48 copies
The Father's Club (1996) 47 copies
Death Row (1998) 37 copies
Sign Off (1991) 17 copies
Dog Who Loved (2010) 13 copies
The Dog Nobody Loved (2014) 2 copies
Out of the Shadows (2009) 1 copy

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2007 (16) 2008 (19) animal-human interaction (13) animals (205) autobiography (15) behavior (16) biography (50) Border Collies (50) computers (15) dog (32) dog behavior (13) dog training (22) dogs (535) donkeys (13) ebook (17) farm (37) farm life (17) farming (16) fiction (91) human-animal relationships (17) internet (23) jon katz (21) Kindle (13) memoir (192) mystery (56) New Jersey (21) New York (14) non-fiction (384) NYR (14) OML (13) own (13) pets (71) picture book (15) read (45) sheep (14) technology (24) to-read (229) training (14) unread (17) working dogs (16)

Common Knowledge



3.5 stars

Simon was a donkey close to death in a tiny enclosure with no shelter when he was rescued. Jon Katz had a small farm and offered to take Simon in and, along with his wife, bring Simon back to health and happiness. Jon indicates in this book that he also benefitted from having Simon, learning about compassion along the way.

I really liked the parts about Simon and the other animals on Jon’s farm (and neighbouring animals, particularly the 101-year old’s elderly blind pony, Rocky). When he philosophized about compassion, though, I didn’t agree with him. Yes, I am more compassionate toward animals than (some) people; I feel like animals are more like kids or babies, in that they are dependent on humans and aren’t always able to change their circumstances, whereas humans are more likely to be able to have the power to do that for themselves (or they can ask for help). He doesn’t address this when he insists that we should still be compassionate towards the humans who abuse animals. He did tend to repeat himself at times, though I think that’s a small thing. The stories about the animals were great, though, and that really was the bulk of the book.… (more)
LibraryCin | 8 other reviews | Apr 7, 2024 |
Midlife meets mountain. And dogs. And Thomas Merton.

It's a very personal account of a writer's search for a meaningful retreat from his everyday life, but holds lessons for us all.
breathslow | 9 other reviews | Jan 27, 2024 |
A collection of stories about dogs that was overly simplistic, overly repetitive and way way too corny.
kevinkevbo | 3 other reviews | Jul 14, 2023 |
I read about a third of this book. I didn't like it. I think the made-up word "humblebrag" is a good word for the narrator's voice in this book.
franoscar | 30 other reviews | Mar 18, 2023 |



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