Ever by My Side

Ever by My Side

A Memoir in Eight Pets

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Random House, Inc.
“The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck.” —Dr. Nick Trout

New York Times bestselling author Nick Trout has captivated readers by taking them behind the scenes into the heartwarming—and sometimes heartrending—world of veterinary medicine. In Ever By My Side, Nick turns the lens inward to offer a funny, moving, and intimate memoir about how the pets he has had throughout his life have shaped him into the son, husband, father, and doctor he is today. Using his relationships with those beloved animals to tell his life story, Nick shares the profound lessons he’s learned about friendship, loyalty, and resilience. The result is a moving story that speaks not just to animal lovers, but to any reader who appreciates the bonds we have with our loved ones, be they animal or human, and the lengths to which we go to nurture those bonds.

Nick waxes nostalgic about his boyhood in a working-class British suburb, where a large German shepherd named Patch was the perfect companion to a scrawny, bookish boy in a neighborhood full of bullies. He writes about his relationship with his father, the man who nurtured Nick’s dream of becoming a vet, even though he couldn’t have imagined the career would lead his only son 3,000 miles away. He describes wooing his future wife and stepdaughter and (perhaps most difficult of all) their ornery cat. And he offers a poignant chronicle of his daughter’s devastating diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and how a little yellow Labrador retriever played an important role in bringing joy to their family when they needed it most. Alongside Nick’s warm reflections, the pets in these pages come alive as irresistible characters in their own right and showcase the power of animals to offer a lifetime of consolation, guidance, and abiding affection.
Tender, wry, and ruminative, Ever By My Side is a tribute to the power and beauty of ordinary life and a celebration of how pets make it all the sweeter and richer.

Baker & Taylor
A veterinarian shares nostalgic stories about the pets who have shared his life and the many lessons they have imparted about family, friendship, and loyalty.

Blackwell Publishing
"The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck."---Dr. Nick Trout

New York Times bestselling author Nick Trout has captivated readers by taking them behind the scenes into the heartwarming---and sometimes heartrending---world of veterinary medicine. In Ever By My Side, Nick turns the lens inward to offer a funny, moving, and intimate memoir about how the pets he has had throughout his life have shaped him into the son, husband, father, and doctor he is today. Using his relationships with those beloved animals to tell his life story, Nick shares the profound lessons he's learned about friendship, loyalty, and resilience. The result is a moving story that speaks not just to animal lovers, but to any reader who appreciates the bonds we have with our loved ones, be they animal or human, and the lengths to which we go to nurture those bonds.

Nick waxes nostalgic about his boyhood in a working-class British suburb, where a large German shepherd named Patch was the perfect companion to a scrawny, bookish boy in a neighborhood full of bullies. He writes about his relationship with his father, the man who nurtured Nick's dream of becoming a vet, even though he couldn't have imagined the career would lead his only son 3,000 miles away. He describes wooing his future wife and stepdaughter and (perhaps most difficult of all) their ornery cat. And he offers a poignant chronicle of his daughter's devastating diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and how a little yellow Labrador retriever played an important role in bringing joy to their family when they needed it most. Alongside Nick's warm reflections, the pets in these pages come alive as irresistible characters in their own right and showcase the power of animals to offer a lifetime of consolation, guidance, and abiding affection.

Tender, wry, and ruminative, Ever By My Side is a tribute to the power and beauty of ordinary life and a celebration of how pets make it all the sweeter and richer.

Baker
& Taylor

The veterinarian author of Tell Me Where It Hurts shares whimsical and nostalgic stories about the pets who have shared his life and the many lessons they imparted about family, friendship and loyalty.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767932004
Branch Call Number: 636.0897 TRO
Characteristics: x, 308 p. ;,22 cm.

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Apr 04, 2013

I really liked this book. Just so you know, it involves mainly dogs as pets, only one cat. I felt sad that he ended up living so far away from his parents. It seemed like something he regretted later on in his life.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 04, 2011

After writing two books on his life’s work with animals, veterinarian Nick Trout has written a memoir about his life. He tells the story of his childhood, growing up in England and the path that he follows to his career and family life in the United States. Each part of his life is beautifully defined by the pet that he had at the time. His love of animals began at an early age and his experiences with them led him into the world of veterinarian medicine.
The memoir has a strong focus on the relationship between the author and his father. He always felt that he had disappointed his father by not going into practice in the English countryside. His father had a vision of him as a modern day James Herriot. The story is both funny and sad as it celebrates the joys and sadness having a pet brings to your life. There is definitely a special bond between a person and his pet.
A great choice for animal lovers.

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 04, 2011

After writing two books on his life’s work with animals, veterinarian Nick Trout has written a memoir about his life. He tells the story of his childhood, growing up in England and the path that he follows to his career and family life in the United States. Each part of his life is beautifully defined by the pet that he had at the time. His love of animals began at an early age and his experiences with them led him into the world of veterinarian medicine.
The memoir has a strong focus on the relationship between the author and his father. He always felt that he had disappointed his father by not going into practice in the English countryside. His father had a vision of him as a modern day James Herriot. The story is both funny and sad as it celebrates the joys and sadness having a pet brings to your life. There is definitely a special bond between a person and his pet.
A great choice for animal lovers.

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