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Publisher's Summary

When Jon Katz got a call from an animal control officer about Simon, a neglected donkey who had been found on a failing farm in upstate New York, he wasn't expecting to add another animal to his already full life. But when he made the trek out to meet him, he couldn't help falling in love with the skinny, mangy donkey who had already suffered so much, and he ended up taking him into his home. It was Simon who listened in the fields as Jon read to him and discussed philosophy. And it was Simon who forced Jon to confront the most difficult parts of life. And ultimately, it was Simon who brought Jon to a new understanding about mercy and compassion. In this heartwarming and heartrending memoir, Jon Katz plumbs the depths of the human-animal bond with his trademark grace, strength and skill. Jon Katz has written 26 books, including works of nonfiction, novels, short stories, and books for children. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette, and has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer; he is also a photographer. He lives on Bedlam Farm, in upstate New York, with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, and their dogs, donkeys, barn cats, sheep, and chickens.
©2014 Jon Katz (P)2014 Recorded Books
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By Pushpa on 04-06-15

Great story, thought-provoking

This book grabbed me more in the middle to end and had me thinking very philosophically...in a good way. It has made a memorable impact on me. Compassion and all.

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By Kathleen A Koetsier on 02-02-17

Excellent

If you could sum up Saving Simon in three words, what would they be?

Heart wrenching, heart warming,

What other book might you compare Saving Simon to and why?

none

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

all of them

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me do both

Any additional comments?

Love any book on our animal companions

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