How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
By Laurel Braitman
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451627008, 373pp.)
Publication Date: June 2014
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" A] lovely, big-hearted book...brimming with compassion and the tales of the many, many humans who devote their days to making animals well." --"The New York Times"
Have you ever wondered if your dog might be a bit depressed? How about heartbroken or homesick? "Animal Madness" takes these questions seriously, exploring the topic of mental health and recovery in the animal kingdom and turning up lessons that "Publishers Weekly "calls "Illuminating...Braitman's delightful balance of humor and poignancy brings each case of life.... "Animal Madness"'s] continuous dose of hope should prove medicinal for humans and animals alike."
Susan Orlean calls "Animal Madness" "a marvelous, smart, eloquent book--as much about human emotion as it is about animals and their inner lives." It is "a gem...that can teach us much about the wildness of our own minds" ("Psychology Today").
Laurel Braitman's new book was born out of a near-tragedy: her frantic dog almost leaped to its death from a third-story window. She talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about mental illness and Animal Madness. More at NPR.org
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