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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Katz Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In his previous books, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz introduced us to the delightful menagerie at Bedlam Farm, including Izzy, the unforgettable border collie rescue. Now, in Izzy & Lenore, Katz delves deeper into his connection with the beautiful, once-abandoned dog, learning yet again about the unexpected places animals can take us. Affectionate and intuitive, Izzy is unlike any dog Katz has encountered, and the two undertake a journey Katz could not have imagined without the arrival of a new companion: a spirited, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy named Lenore.

As trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New York, Katz and Izzy bring comfort and canine companionship to people who most need it. An eighty-year-old Alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur. A retired logger joyfully remembers his own beloved dog when he sees Izzy. As Izzy bonds with patients and Katz focuses on their families, the author begins to come to terms with his own life, discovering dark realities he has never confronted. Meanwhile, Lenore—quickly dubbed the Hound of Love—arrives at Bedlam. Her genial personality and boundless capacity for affection steer Katz out of the shadows, rekindle his love of working with dogs, and restore his connection to the farm and the animals and people around him.

Humorous and deeply moving, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, family, and faith. Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With wisdom and grace, [Katz] unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.”

    John Grogan, author of Marley & Me

  • “Katz’s world—of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit—is a place you’re glad you’ve been.”

    Boston Globe

  • “What could be better than man’s best friend? Two of them, of course.”

    New York Post

  • “One of our most talented and perceptive canine chroniclers.”

    AKC Gazette

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Frances | 2/12/2014

    " Non of Katz's books have ever risen to the level of his wonderful A Dog Year, but I always enjoy reading them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Geo Forman | 2/2/2014

    " what can be said about a hearwarming book about dogs? Good dog "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet Meissner | 2/1/2014

    " Jon Katz has two therapy dogs in this book. The stories were very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lael | 1/30/2014

    " Another absolute must for the dog lover that you love. "

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About the Author

Jon Katz is a journalist and author who has written works in a variety of genres, including numerous nonfiction books on dogs. His book Dog Days was a New York Times bestseller, and his book A Dog Year was made into a movie starring Jeff Bridges. Along with his nonfiction work, he has also written the Kit DeLeeuw mystery series and is a frequent contributor to the online magazine HotWired. Before writing books, he worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. His articles have also appeared in publications such as Wired, GQ, and the New York Times.