Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Look! Another Animal Memoir - My Favorite!

As most of you know, I love memoirs....especially about animals. I am excited to see this memoir of Oscar, the nursing home cat, who somehow knows when the end is near, and offers comfort to those who are preparing for their spiritual journey from this world to the next......

Making Rounds with Oscar
The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
by David Dosa
Product Description

A remarkable cat. A special gift. A life-changing journey.

They thought he was just a cat.

When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stir.

Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses an extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near.

Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer's. But he never spends much time with them--until they are in their last hours. Then, as if this were his job, Oscar strides purposely into a patient's room, curls up on the bed, and begins his vigil. Oscar provides comfort and companionship when people need him most. And his presence lets caregivers and loved ones know that it's time to say good-bye.

Oscar's gift is a tender mercy. He teaches by example: embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from.

Making Rounds with Oscar is the story of an unusual cat, the patients he serves, their caregivers, and of one doctor who learned how to listen. Heartfelt, inspiring, and full of humor and pathos, this book allows readers to take a walk into a world rarely seen from the outside, a world we often misunderstand.

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323233
What are YOU waiting for today????


Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

Aw, this book sounds very cute and inspiring =)

You can see my choice for this week here:

Tiffany Norris said...

Did you see the House episode about this? Very interesting!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Now that is a wonderful story! I love these kinds of books, too.

PolishOutlander said...

Oh this sounds like a good read. I'm sure it will be heartbreaking to read, but I love animal memoirs too. Have you ever read the Cat Who Went to Paris? So good and the two other books that followed were just as good.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

This sounds like such a sweet book. Nice pick!

serendipity_viv said...

What a lovely story. I had tears in my eyes as I tried to read it aloud to my hubby. We used to have a cat called Oscar, so the name alone makes me sentimental. He always used to come and sit with me when I was ill.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

This looks so nice, I love this kind of book, too!

Sassy Brit @ said...

Sounds like a lovely book! If you like this you might like Southcrop Forest, which I have up for grabs - (if you haven't already read it!!!) not exactly a memoir - but it's about a cute caterpillar called Fur!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This book is excellent. I just finished it this evening. I should have my review done this weekend --i hope.

Unknown said...

I'm definitely going to read this when it comes out. I just read about Oscar in Reader's Digest. What an amazing story.

I just finished a book called Saving Cinnamon, about a dog befriended by a military man in Afghanistan and how he brought him back to the U.S., but not before he got lost en route (for over a month!) Awesome story, and really good book. I'll be reviewing it in the next day or two.

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