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February Book Club

  • Feb 17, 2015 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

by Nick Trout

It’s 2:47 a.m. when Dr. Nick Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Sage, a ten-year old German shepherd, will die without emergency surgery for a serious stomach condition. Over the next twenty-four hours Dr. Trout fights for Sage’s life, battles disease in the operating room, unravels tricky diagnoses, reassures frantic pet parents, and reflects on the humor, heartache, and inspiration in his life as an animal surgeon. And he wants to take you along for the ride.…
From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarian’s office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.
You’ll learn about the amazing progress of modern animal medicine, where organ transplants, joint replacements, and state-of-the-art cancer treatments have become more and more common. With these technological advances come controversies and complexities that Dr. Trout thoughtfully explores, such as how long (and at what cost) treatments should be given, how the Internet has changed pet care, and the rise in cosmetic surgery.
You’ll also be inspired by the heartwarming stories of struggle and survival filling these pages. With a wry and winning tone, Dr. Trout offers up hilarious and delightful anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners. In total, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a fascinating portrait of the comedy and drama, complexities and rewards involved with loving and healing animals.
Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriot’s day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If you’ve ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout’s irresistible book is for you.

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  • Julia E.

    Good place for a our meet up; good food and great accommodation for our group. I had mussels, and they were excellent.

    February 18, 2015

  • Casandra W.

    Very Good. Always enjoy talking with everyone.

    February 18, 2015

  • taffey /john l.

    sorry I was so far away to be able to hear most of the discussion..However, it was great to see everyone.

    February 18, 2015

  • Kathie

    Thanks so much to everyone who braved the rain and came out last night. Great discussion, and I think we've found another place that can accommodate our large group. Very good, attentive service and good food. I didn't try the desserts, although I wanted to! Thank you, Tara, for sharing yours! It was really yummy. :-)

    February 18, 2015

  • Kathie

    Does anyone remember whether this group has read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? I went back through the previous meetups and didn't see it. Just curious! Thanks.

    February 17, 2015

    • Kathie

      I was wondering if the group has read it. If not, it's a great discussion book. I've read it, too, but I would read it again.

      February 18, 2015

  • Kathy C.

    nice evening

    February 18, 2015

  • Linda, W.

    Always interesting and thought provoking discussions.

    February 17, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join. I am a writer and the book I am so focused is on LIVING ON THE EDGE- It's about the horrendous deforestation of the AMAZON rain forest, the largest forest in the world and the loss of million of living species. Why should we care? The Amazon rain forest is considered by environmentalists and scientists to act as the lungs of the earth. Once gone so goes earth.
    But today's news is so focused on the terrorist activities that we hear little else. So the result is these land destroyers are getting away with murder.
    Talking about murder, what motivated me to write this book is the death of the 73 Catholic nun while trying to save her people's home from burning , by greedy ranches to raise their cattle, she was shot 6 times in the head. Desperate to get this land there are those who will do anything to researches details by a college professor

    February 17, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would've loved to have attended, didn't get notice til too late. Perhaps next time. Thanks

    February 17, 2015

  • TERRI B.

    Katie, I have read this book, And it was very good, This poor women and her family, She was treated very poorly by the Medical Staff at John Hopkins Hospital.

    February 17, 2015

  • ann v.

    Hi, thanks for moving me up, and I read and really enjoyed the book, BUT, I forgot my Spanish class was changed to Tues. nights! I'm so disappointed, I love the book club, I will have to meet up with you all down the road, keep reading!!

    February 16, 2015

  • taffey /john l.

    I would like to see still Alice too

    1 · February 14, 2015

  • Kathie

    Still Alice got good reviews in the Tampa Bay Times. Anyone seen it? Or want to go see it?

    2 · February 12, 2015

  • Marilyn G.

    Hi - I believe I am on the list. Somehow, it shows that I am on the waiting list. Please let me know.
    Thanks, Marilyn

    February 11, 2015

    • CherylAnn P.

      Yes you are on the wait list. Changes happen so keep your eye on your email.

      February 11, 2015

  • CherylAnn P.

    What a good book! can't wait to discuss it!

    February 8, 2015

  • Linda, W.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting. The discussion was lively, dynamic and interesting and having the author to discuss his perspective on the story and share his insight into the characters with us was such a treat. Everyone had very thoughtful and engaging comments, questions and diverse reactions to the book.

    January 22, 2015

  • Julia R.

    Last night was such a super evening with the author...a meeting I will never forget!

    January 21, 2015

  • taffey /john l.

    Cheryl Ann
    Can you send me instructions on how to download my ipad again for Innocence Lost.
    Hope everyone had a good Christmas. My big present was Bronchitis.OK now.

    December 30, 2014

    • CherylAnn P.

      Go under the more tab and then to file. Then you will see three different forms to download. If you need more help let me know.

      December 30, 2014

  • ann v.

    Looking forward to it! So many nice ladies to discuss good books with!

    December 22, 2014

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