Jon Katz

1 The Story of Rose

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2012-08-06
Description :  <b>From the acclaimed author of <i>A Good Dog, Dog Days,</i> and <i>Going Home</i> comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Rose, and their transformative years together on Bedlam Farm.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “I like to say you get the dog you need,” Jon Katz writes, “and I don’t think any human ever needed a dog more than I needed Rose in the fall of 2003.” That year, Katz embarked on a quixotic quest, moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to a sprawling farm in upstate New York to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Whether herding sheep on the rolling hillsides, rounding up the neighbors’ stray cows, or rescuing lambs on a freezing winter night, Rose had a nimble mind and a great love for work. Never wanting to be coddled, she watched over Bedlam Farm with singular focus and efficiency, protecting Katz and his menagerie from wild coyotes and menacing storms. Yet Rose saved Katz in more ways than he ever imagined. As he struggled to manage the farm’s daily dramas—and continued to seek his true sense of purpose—Rose connected him to his deeper humanity and a more authentic life.&#xa0; <br /> &#xa0;<br /> With warmth, insight, and emotional honesty, Jon Katz has written a joyful remembrance of a one-of-a-kind dog. <i>The Story of Rose</i> reaffirms the profound bond people share with their pets, and the ways that animals indelibly shape our lives. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>“Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. . . . With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights.”—John Grogan, author of <i>Marley &amp; Me</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>Includes moving excerpts from <i>Going Home</i>, and from Jon Katz’s upcoming short-story collection, <i>Dancing Dogs</i>.</b>

2 The Story of Rose (Enhanced Edition)

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2012-08-06
Description :  <b>This enhanced eBook edition—containing more than sixty photographs and eight videos (including some exclusive, never-before-seen footage)—gives a vivid and up-close view of the lovable dogs, chickens, donkeys, and sheep of Bedlam Farm.*</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>From the acclaimed author of <i>A Good Dog, Dog Days,</i> and <i>Going Home</i> comes this eBook original—a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz’s beloved border collie, Rose, and their transformative years together.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “I like to say you get the dog you need,” Jon Katz writes, “and I don’t think any human ever needed a dog more than I needed Rose in the fall of 2003.” That year, Katz embarked on a quixotic quest, moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to a sprawling farm in upstate New York to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Whether herding sheep on the rolling hillsides, rounding up the neighbors’ stray cows, or rescuing lambs on a freezing winter night, Rose had a nimble mind and a great love for work. Never wanting to be coddled, she watched over Bedlam Farm with singular focus and efficiency, protecting Katz and his menagerie from wild coyotes and menacing storms. Yet Rose saved Katz in more ways than he ever imagined. As he struggled to manage the farm’s daily dramas—and continued to seek his true sense of purpose—Rose connected him to his deeper humanity and a more authentic life.&#xa0; <br /> &#xa0;<br /> With warmth, insight, and emotional honesty, Jon Katz has written a joyful remembrance of a one-of-a-kind dog. <i>The Story of Rose</i> reaffirms the profound bond people share with their pets, and the ways that animals indelibly shape our lives. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>“Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. . . . With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights.”—John Grogan, author of <i>Marley &amp; Me</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>Includes moving excerpts from <i>Going Home</i>, and from Jon Katz’s upcoming short-story collection, <i>Dancing Dogs</i>. </b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> *Video may not play on all readers. Please check your user manual for details.

3 Saving Simon

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Nonfiction  Philosophy  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-10-07
Description :  <b>In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people.</b><br /><br /> In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in.<br /><br /> Simon’s recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon’s health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks.<br /><br /> This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. In the great tradition of heroes—from Don Quixote to Shrek—who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up “not just to Simon, not just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship.”<br /><br /> With grace, warmth, and keen emotional insight, <i>Saving Simon</i> plumbs the depths of the bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of “living a more compassionate, considered, and meaningful life.”<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Saving Simon</i></b><br /><br />“Heartwarming . . . a touching tale.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br /> “Highly recommended . . . an enjoyable and thoughtful work.”<b><i>—Library Journal</i> (starred review)</b><br /><br /> “[<i>Saving Simon</i>] handles the emotional highs and lows of living with animals with empathy and thoughtfulness, forcing readers to re-examine their own meanings of compassion and mercy.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> “The message of this true story will linger with the reader long after the book has been placed on the shelf.”<b>—<i>Bookreporter</i></b>

4 Going Home

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Nonfiction  Family & Relationships  Health, Mind & Body  Self-Improvement 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2011-09-27
Description :  In this invaluable guide and touchstone, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides support for those in mourning. By allowing ourselves to grieve honestly and openly, he posits, we can in time celebrate the dogs, cats, and other creatures that have so enriched us. Katz compels us to consider if we gave our pets good lives, if we were their advocates in times of need, and if we used our best judgments in the end. In dealing with these issues, we can alleviate guilt, let go, and help others who are undergoing similar passages. By honoring the animals that have graced our lives, we reveal their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.<br /><br /><b>With a brand-new Foreword by the author</b>.

5 A Dog Year

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Biographies & Memoirs  Health, Mind & Body  Self-Improvement 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2002-02-19
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's&#xa0;<i>Going Home</i>.<br /><br />“Change loves me, defines and stalks me like a laser-guided smart bomb. It comes at me in all forms, suddenly and with enormous impact, from making shifts in work to having and raising a kid to buying a cabin on a distant mountaintop. Sometimes, change comes on four legs.” <br /><br /> In his popular and widely praised Running to the Mountain, Jon Katz wrote of the strength and support he found in the massive forms of his two yellow Labrador retrievers, Julius and Stanley. When the Labs were six and seven, a breeder who’d read his book contacted Katz to say she had a dog that was meant for him—a two-year-old border collie named Devon, well bred but high-strung and homeless. Katz already had a full canine complement, but instinct overruled reason, and soon thereafter he brought Devon home.<br /><br /> A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me is the story of how Devon and Jon—and Julius and Stanley—came to terms with each other. It shows how a man discovered a lot about himself through one dog (and then another) whose temperament seemed as different from his own as day is from night. It is a story of trust and understanding, of life and death, of continuity and change. It is by turns insightful, hilarious, and deeply moving.

6 A Good Dog

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Biographies & Memoirs  Health, Mind & Body  Spirituality 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2006-09-26
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's&#xa0;<i>Going Home</i>.<br /><br />“People who love dogs often talk about a ‘lifetime’ dog. I’d heard the phrase a dozen times before I came to recognize its significance. Lifetime dogs are dogs we love in especially powerful, sometimes inexplicable ways.”–Jon Katz<br /><br /> In this gripping and deeply touching book, bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his lifetime dog, Orson: a beautiful border collie–intense, smart, crazy, and unforgettable.<br /><br /> From the moment Katz and Orson meet, when the dog springs from his traveling crate at Newark airport and panics the baggage claim area, their relationship is deep, stormy, and loving. At two years old, Katz’s new companion is a great herder of school buses, a scholar of refrigerators, but a dud at herding sheep. Everything Katz attempts– obedience training, herding instruction, a new name, acupuncture, herb and alternative therapies–helps a little but not enough, and not for long. “Like all border collies and many dogs,” Katz writes, “he needed work. I didn’t realize for some time I was the work Orson would find.”<br /> While Katz is trying to help his dog, Orson is helping him, shepherding him toward a new life on a two-hundred-year-old hillside farm in upstate New York. There, aided by good neighbors and a tolerant wife, hip-deep in sheep, chickens, donkeys, and more dogs, the man and his canine companion explore meadows, woods, and even stars, wade through snow, bask by a roaring wood stove, and struggle to keep faith with each other. There, with deep love, each embraces his unfolding destiny. <br /><br /> <i>A Good Dog</i> is a book to savor. Just as Orson was the author’ s lifetime dog, his story is a lifetime treasure–poignant, timeless, and powerful.

7 Geeks

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Computers & Internet  Internet  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2000-02-15
Description :  Jesse and Eric were roommates in the tiny town of Caldwell, Idaho, nineteen-year-old working class kids eking out a living with their seven-dollar-an-hour jobs selling and fixing computers. College was never in the cards. Their families had been torn apart by divorce and hard times, separation and illness. They had almost no social lives, and little to look forward to. They spent every spare cent on their computers, and every spare moment on-line. <br /><br />Jesse and Eric were proud geeks— suspicious or disdainful of authority figures, proud of their status as outsiders, fervent in their belief in the positive power of technology. They'd been outsiders as long as they could remember, living far from the mainstream of school or town life. Nobody spoke for them, they were on nobody's social or political agenda. <br /><br /><b>Geeks</b> is the story of how Jesse and Eric—and others like them—used technology to try and change their lives and alter their destiny. They rode the Internet out of Idaho to Chicago, a city they had ever set foot in, seeking the American Dream, a better life. Geeks describes this brave and difficult journey, as two self-described social misfits use the resources of the Internet to try to construct a new future for themselves, escape the boundaries of their dead-end lives, and find a community they could belong to.<br /><br /><b>Geeks</b> explores a growing subculture about which many of us know little, a world with its own language, traditions, and taboos. In telling the stories of Jesse, Eric, and others like them, Geeks is a story about the very human face of technology.

8 The Dogs of Bedlam Farm

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Biographies & Memoirs  Health, Mind & Body  Spirituality 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2004-10-05
Description :  <b>BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's&#xa0;<i>Going Home</i>.<br /><br />“Dogs are blameless, devoid of calculation, neither blessed nor cursed with human motives. They can’t really be held responsible for what they do. But we can.”<br /> –from <i>The Dogs of Bedlam Farm</i><br /> </b><br /> When Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed. Gone were the two yellow Labs he wrote about in <i>A Dog Year,</i> as was the mountaintop cabin they loved. Katz moved into an old farmhouse on forty-two acres of pasture and woods with a menagerie: a ram named Nesbitt, fifteen ewes, a lonely donkey named Carol, a baby donkey named Fanny, and three border collies. <br /><br /> Training Orson was a demanding project. But a perceptive dog trainer and friend told Katz: “If you want to have a better dog, you will just have to be a better goddamned human.” It was a lesson Katz took to heart. He now sees his dogs as a reflection of his willingness to improve, as well as a critical reminder of his shortcomings. Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: They may have their own traits and personalities, but in the end, they are mirrors of our own lives–living, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, our families and our pasts.<br /><br /> <i>The Dogs of Bedlam Farm</i> recounts a harrowing winter Katz spent on a remote, windswept hillside in upstate New York with a few life-saving friends, ugly ghosts from the past, and more livestock than any novice should attempt to manage. Heartwarming, and full of drama, insight, and hard-won wisdom, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change him.

9 Soul of a Dog

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Health, Mind & Body  Spirituality  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2009-08-18
Description :  Do animals have souls? Some of our greatest thinkers—Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas—and countless animal lovers have been obsessed with this question for thousands of years. Now New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz looks for an answer. With his signature wisdom, humor, and clarity, Katz relates the stories of the animals he lives with on Bedlam Farm and finds remarkable kinships at every turn. Whether it is beloved sheepdog Rose’s brilliant and methodical herding ability, Mother the cat’s keen mousing instincts, or Izzy’s canine compassion toward hospice patients, Katz is mesmerized to see in them individual personas and sparks of self-awareness. Soul of a Dog will resonate with anyone who loves dogs, cats, or other animals—and who wonders about the spirits that animate them and the deepening hold they have on our lives.

10 Lenore Finds a Friend

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Animals  Books  Kids 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-09-04
Description :  Poor Lenore! None of the other animals at Bedlam Farm welcome her. Even Rose the border collie is too busy to play. But Lenore refuses to give up, and when she licks a grumpy ram named Brutus—right on the nose!—an unexpected friendship begins.&#xa0;<br /> Jon Katz’s irresistible photographs chronicle this true story of a dog determined to make friends.

11 Katz on Dogs

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2005-10-04
Description :  In a nation where our love of dogs keeps growing and dog ownership has reached an all-time high, confusion about dogs and their behavioral problems is skyrocketing. Many dogs are out of control, untrained, chewing up furniture, taking medication for anxiety, and biting millions of people a year.<br /><br />Now, in this groundbreaking new guide, Jon Katz, a leading authority on the human-canine bond, offers a powerful and practical philosophy for living with a dog, from the moment we decide to get one to the sad day when one dies. Conventional training methods often fail dog owners, but Katz argues that we know our dogs better than anyone else possibly could, and therefore we are well suited to train them. It is imperative, he says, that we think rationally and responsibly about how we choose, train, and live with the dogs we love, and the more we learn about ourselves, the better we can recognize their wonderful animal natures. Misinterpreting dogs is a profound obstacle to understanding them. <br /><br />Katz believes that both people and dogs are unique–a chow differs from a Lab just as a city dweller differs from a farmer–and he describes how such individuality isn’t addressed by even the best and most popular training methods. Not every training theory is for everyone, notes Katz, but almost anyone can train a dog and live with him comfortably. Katz on Dogs is filled with no-nonsense advice and answers to such key questions as: <br /><br />• What kind of dog should I have? Is there is a specific breed or kind of dog for my personality, family, or living situation?<br />• What is the best way to train a dog?<br />• Can I trust my vet?<br />• How often (and for how long) can a dog be left alone?<br />• Is it preferable to have only one dog, or are more better?<br />• What are the secrets to successful housebreaking?<br />• What are my dogs thinking, if anything?<br />• How can I walk my dog instead of having her walk me? <br />• Is it ever okay to give away a dog you love?<br />• When is it time to put my dog down?<br /><br />Katz draws from his own experience, his interactions with thousands of dog owners, vets, breeders, dog rescue workers, trainers, and behaviorists, and he has tested his approach with volunteer dog owners around the country. Their helpful and often inspiring stories illustrate how all of us can live well with our dogs. You can do it, Katz contends. You can live a loving and harmonious life with your dog.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

12 The New Work of Dogs

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2003-05-06
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's&#xa0;<i>Going Home</i>.<br /><br />“Sometimes human-dog relationships are simple, unrelated to the emotional lives and histories of either species. But often people acquire and love dogs with little awareness that they might have complex and revealing reasons for choosing the dog or pet they choose, loving it the way they do.”<br /><br /> Writing about his own dogs in <b>A Dog Year</b>, Jon Katz became immersed in a larger community of dog lovers and came to realize that in an increasingly fragmented and disconnected society, dogs are often treated not as pets, but as family members and human surrogates. <br /><br /> <b>The New Work of Dogs </b>profiles a dozen such relationships in a New Jersey town, like the story of Harry, a Welsh corgi who provides sustaining emotional strength for a woman battling terminal breast cancer; Cherokee, companion of a man who has few human friends and doesn’t know how to talk to his own family; the Divorced Dogs Club, whose funny, acerbic, and sometimes angry women turn to their dogs to help them rebuild their lives; and Betty Jean, the frantic founder of a tiny rescue group that has saved five hundred dogs from abuse or abandonment in recent years.<br /><br /> Drawn from hundreds of interviews and conversations with dog owners and lovers, breeders, veterinarians, rescuers, trainers, behaviorists, and psychiatrists, <b>The New Work of Dogs </b>combines compelling personal narratives with a penetrating look at human/animal attachment, and questions whether this relationship shift is an entirely positive phenomenon for both species. Katz offers us a portrait of a community, and by extension a country, that is turning to its pets for emotional support and stability—a difficult job that more and more dogs are expected to do every day. <b>The New Work of Dogs</b> is a provocative and moving exploration of the evolving role dogs play in a changing and uncertain world.

13 Rose in a Storm

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Action & Adventure  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2010-10-05
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's&#xa0;<i>Going Home</i>.<br /><br />Rose is determined and focused, keeping the sheep out of danger and protecting the other creatures on the farm she calls home. But of all those she’s looked after since coming to the farm as a puppy, it is Sam, the farmer, whom she watches most carefully.&#xa0;<br /><br />Awoken one cold midwinter night during lambing season, Rose and Sam struggle into the snowy dark to do their work. The ever observant Rose has seen a change in her master of late, ever since Sam’s wife disappeared one day. She senses something else in the air as well: A storm is coming, but not like any of the ones she’s seen over the years. And when an epic blizzard hits the region, it will take all of Rose’s resolve, resourcefulness, and courage to help Sam save the farm and the creatures who live there.

14 The Second-Chance Dog

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Pets 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2013-11-12
Description :  From <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Jon Katz comes a wise, uplifting, and poignant memoir of finding love against all odds, and the power of second chances for both people and dogs.<br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <b>“I had no idea that Frieda would enter my life and alter it in the most profound way, but that’s one of the beautiful things about animals. They change you, and you almost never see it coming.”</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria’s dog, Frieda. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> A rottweiler-shepherd mix who had been abandoned by her previous owner in the Adirondacks, where she lived in the wild for several years, Frieda was ferociously protective and barely tamed. She roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he’d have to gain Frieda’s affection as well. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> While he and Maria grew closer, Jon was having a tougher time charming Frieda to his side. Even after many days spent on Bedlam Farm, Frieda still lunged at the other animals, ran off into the woods, and would not let Jon come near her, even to hook on her leash. Yet armed with a singular determination, unlimited patience, and five hundred dollars’ worth of beef jerky, Jon refused to give up on Frieda—or on his chance with Maria.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Written with stunning emotional clarity and full of warm yet practical wisdom, <i>The Second-Chance Dog</i> is a testament to how animals can make us better people, and how it’s never too late to find love.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Second-Chance Dog</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br />“No one speaks the language of a dog like best-selling author Jon Katz. His latest heartwarming memoir about finding love after struggling through a broken relationship . . . gives testament to how dogs can make us better human beings.”<b>—<i>The Free Lance–Star</i></b><br /><br />“[An] intimate story of falling in love with a woman and her extremely protective pet dog . . . Bittersweet in its telling, Katz reminds readers of the importance of human and animal connections.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /> <b><i>&#xa0;</i></b><br /> “In this heartwarming story of love and redemption . . . dogs and humans alike get second chances at life, love, and growth. . . . This moving work is recommended for readers who want a true-life love story, for dog lovers seeking a book with a happy ending (the dog doesn’t die!), for seniors who think that receiving a Medicare card means that love is out of the question, and for dog trainers who want to learn more about Katz’s philosophy of dog training.”<b>—<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br />“The story [Katz] tells gives hope that no animal is beyond help, as long as enough love and patience are thrown in.”<b>—Minneapolis<i> Star Tribune</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

15 Running to the Mountain

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Parenting 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1999-02-22
Description :  Jon Katz, a respected journalist, author, father, and husband, was turning fifty. His writing career was taking an uneasy turn, his wife had a demanding career of her own, his daughter was preparing to leave home for college, and he had become used to a sedentary lifestyle. "I had settled down," he notes. "Any more settling and I would vanish into the mud like some fat old catfish." In Running to the Moun-tain, Katz finds a way to redefine and lend new meaning to his life. He writes, "I bought a tiny cabin at the very tip of a mountain in a remote corner of upstate New York and went there by myself. . . .&#xa0;&#xa0;I went for a lot of different reasons, but mostly, I think, to try to be a better human."<br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;<br />Armed with the writings of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, his two faithful yellow Labradors, and the desire to confront change rather than simply react to it, Katz departs from his suburban en-clave (where, as a carpooling father, he is known as "The Prince of Rides") and heads to a new world. What he finds is a community where a rodent problem prompts anyone within earshot at the hardware store to offer advice, and where the digging of a new well draws every neighbor within miles to his front lawn. It's also a place where he can be alone in na-ture, a new discovery for someone whose "favorite night out is a trip to a bookstore, the pizza place, and the Sony megaplex." Habitually skeptical about religion, Katz finds in solitude a chance to consider the questions that have followed him into middle age: Can one find spirituality outside of a church, temple, or mosque? Is it possible to build a rational, moral framework for one's life amid the complexities of modern life? As Katz restores his old cabin, learns self-reliance in a lightning storm, and helps a friend prepare for fatherhood, he gathers newfound knowledge that will be a source of inspiration and achievement as he returns to the life he left behind. <br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;<br />"It is absolutely impossible," Merton wrote, "for a man to live without some kind of faith." Katz adds, "It is equally impossible to change your life without some." Running to the Mountain is an unex-pected reading experience of adventure, humor, contemplation, and growth.<br /><br /><b>"As notions such as solitude and spirituality have been made to seem godly, they appear to float high above our mundane and unheroic experiences. Working long hours for big companies, rushing kids around to malls and soccer games, squirreling money away for college and retirement, we want to read about conversations with God, but don't really expect to have any ourselves. . . . My hope, coming to the mountain, was that change, spirituality, and idealism aren't only way Up There, but also Down Here, in the details of daily life--family, work, friends, dogs, dreams."<br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;--From Running to the Mountain</b>

16 Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Animals  Books  Kids  Social Studies 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-04-26
Description :  Welcome to Bedlam Farm! Meet Rose, Izzy, Frieda, and Lenore, four dogs that work hard on the farm doing various jobs. They're good friends now, but it wasn't always this way. Just as each dog has a different role on the farm, each has a unique story. <br />Filled with his captivating photographs, bestselling author Jon Katz's heartwarming account of his dogs' lives on Bedlam Farm is unforgettable.

17 Dancing Dogs

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-09-25
Description :  No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Jon Katz. He has warmed our spirits with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie—the dogs, sheep, chickens, and other residents of Bedlam Farm. Now, Katz is back with what he does best in his first collection of short stories, <i>Dancing Dogs.</i><br /><br />With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Katz shares sixteen stories about one of life’s most unique relationships: In the title story, a housekeeper loses her job, but discovers her four-legged “children” have some toe-tapping talents that just may get the whole family back on its feet. In “Puppy Commando,” a shy grade-school outcast forges an instant connection with a beagle puppy she meets at a shelter—and risks everything to keep him. “Gracie’s Last Walk” features a woman who must find a way to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever—but ends up saying hello to someone unexpected. “The Dog Who Kept Men Away” shows that not all humans pass the “sniff” test when it comes to canines, who possess an excellent judge of character. And in “Guardian Angel,” a widower going through a painful transition finds the greatest comfort in the unlikeliest of sources—a funny-looking pug named Gus. <br /><br />Whether sitting, staying, and rolling over, in the barnyard, shelters, or home, sweet, home, the creatures in <i>Dancing Dogs</i> are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable. <br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Dancing Dogs</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Funny, keenly observed short stories illuminating the bond between man and his best friend.”—<i>People</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Jon Katz writes with passion and humor about the connections between animals and humans. . . . Animal lovers are sure to want to add this book to their collection.”—Examiner.com<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Katz’s stories, sometimes warm and sometimes funny, are smooth, light reads that are easy to pick up and enjoy and will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.”—<i>Booklist</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Insightful, moving . . . a tissue-box-worthy collection of animal tales.”—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[A] heartwarming book.”<i>—The Dallas Morning News</i><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

18 Dog Days

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2007-06-26
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's&#xa0;<i>Going Home</i>.<br /><br />In <i>Dog Days</i>, Jon Katz, the squire of Bedlam Farm, allows us to live our dreams of leaving the city for the country, and shares the unpredictable adventure of farm life. The border collies, the sheep, the chickens, the cat, the ram, and one surprisingly sociable steer named Elvis all contribute to the hum (and occasional roar) of Bedlam. On timeless summer days and in punishing winter storms, Katz continues his meditation on what animals can selflessly teach us–and what we in turn owe to them. With good neighbors, a beautiful landscape, and tales of true love thrown in, <i>Dog Days</i> gives us not only marvelous animal stories but a rich portrait of the harmonious world that is Bedlam Farm.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Dog Days</i>:</b><br /><br /> “Anyone who has ever loved an animal, who owns a farm or even dreams of it, will read<i> Dog Days </i>with appreciation and a cathartic lump in his or her throat.” <br /> <i>–The Washington Post</i><br /><br /> “Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature, and the particularly smelly qualities of manure.”<br /> <i>–Fort Worth Star-Telegram</i><br /><br /> “Katz constructs the perfect blend between self-revelation and his subtle brand of humor.”<br /> <i>–The Star-Ledger</i><br /><br /> “City-dweller-turned-farmer Katz . . . returns with further adventures from his animal-filled upstate New York sheep farm. Charming.”<br /> <i>–People </i><br /><br /> “The perfect summer book . . . You will not be disappointed.” <br /> <i>–The Philadelphia Inquirer</i><br /><br /> “A new twist on the American dream.”<br /> <i>–The Christian Science Monitor</i><br /><br /> “Thoroughly enchanting.”<br /> <i>–The Dallas Morning News</i>

19 Izzy & Lenore

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Pets  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Health, Mind & Body  Spirituality  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2008-09-23
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES&#xa0;</i>BESTSELLER<br /></b><br /><b>BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jon Katz's&#xa0;<i>Going Home</i>.<br /></b><br />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 &amp; 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.<br /><br /> 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.<br /><br /> Humorous and deeply moving, Izzy &amp; 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.

20 Talking to Animals

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Nature  Books  Science & Nature  Lifestyle & Home  Pets 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-05-02
Description :  <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Jon Katz—“a Thoreau for modern times” (<i>San Antonio Express-News</i>)—offers us a deeper understanding of the inner lives of animals and teaches us how we can more effectively communicate with them, made real by his own remarkable experiences with a wide array of creatures great and small.<br /><br />In <i>Talking to Animals</i>, journalist Jon Katz—who left his Manhattan life behind two decades ago for life on a farm where he is surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats, and chickens—marshals his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them.<br /><br />Devoting each chapter to a specific animal from his life, Katz tells funny and illuminating stories about his profound experiences with them, showing us how healthy engagement with animals falls into five key areas: Food, Movement, Visualization, Language, and Instincts. Along the way, we meet Simon the donkey who arrives at Katz’s farm near death and now serves as his Tai Chi partner. We meet Red the dog who started out antisocial and untrained and is now a therapy dog working with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. And we meet Winston, the dignified and brave rooster who was injured defending his hens from a hawk and who has better interpersonal skills than most humans.<br /><br />Thoughtful and intelligent, lively and powerful, this book will completely change the way you think about and interact with animals. Katz’s “honest, straightforward, and sometimes searing prose will speak to those who love animals, and might well convert some who do not” (<i>Booklist</i>).

21 Devon

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2015-10-20
Description :  L'esistenza di Jon scorre tranquilla nel New Jersey con una moglie e due amatissimi labrador, campioni di mansuetudine e devozione. La condizione perfetta per uno scrittore. Ma il cambiamento ha sempre inseguito Jon in forme imprevedibili. Questa volta si presenta in quella di Devon, un giovane border collie dal passato difficile. Un mix esplosivo di intelligenza acutissima, paura e una personalità dirompente. <br /> Sotto gli occhi perplessi dei due cani di casa, non abituati a quel ciclone, Jon si impegna a conquistare la fiducia di Devon, che gli lancia ogni genere di sfide, solo per dimostrargli quello che può fare. Memore del suo dna da cane da pastore, tratta lo scuolabus come fosse un gregge di pecore, escogita più metodi di Houdini per evadere dal giardino, apre il frigo ed estrae il cibo dalle confezioni senza romperle. La vita con lui è un alternarsi di stanchezza, divertimento e uno scontro intellettuale che non si placa mai. Ma quando Jon inizia a temere di doverlo restituire, scopre che sotto la veste da ribelle si cela un cuore tenero, che aspettava solo un cenno d'amore vero per dare il meglio di sé.<br /> Sarà un lungo cammino di avvicinamento quello di Jon e Devon, costellato di imprevisti e tenerezza, in cerca della perfetta forma di amicizia, quella in cui non si distingue più chi dei due ha addomesticato l'altro.

22 Ein Engel auf vier Pfoten

Author : Jon Katz
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-10-19
Description :  Rose ist eine treue, hingebungsvolle Hirtenhündin, die ihre Aufgaben ernst nimmt. Sie hütet die Schafe und bewacht auch die anderen Tiere auf der Farm, allen voran ihren Besitzer Sam, der seit dem frühen Tod seiner Frau Katie allein lebt. Als ein Jahrhundertblizzard die Gegend verwüstet und Sam schwer verletzt wird, muss Rose ihren ganzen Mut zusammennehmen, um ihn, die Tiere und die Farm zu retten.



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