Friday, May 11, 2012

About the Book

Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and his best friend Barbara. When Charlie turned eleven and started having some health problems, a gardening journal Barbara was keeping quickly became mostly about Charlie. So his story is told in journal form while it is taking place. And because it was not meant for publication, it is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And the story of that connection is told by Barbara, a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships.

Charlie’s story is far more than a depiction of his struggles against illness. Those years revealed the depth of his character, the wisdom he had gathered over his lifetime. And those years contained some of Charlie and Barbara’s most memorable times together, the culmination of their connection.

Charlie defied the odds, lived much longer than anyone thought he would. There was no rational explanation for some of what he pulled through, except that Charlie lived his life with an enthusiasm and vigor not found in many beings.

Charlie: A Love Story is about devotion, joy, loss, and renewal, about never giving up or giving in. But mostly it’s about a great love affair, the love between Charlie and Barbara.


Press Release

Media Contact: Kevin Finley
Langdon Street Press
(612) 455-2293 x 204

Charlie: A Love Story
by Barbara Lampert


Have you ever loved a dog? Were or are they your best friend and the best dog in the world? If you've shared that kind of love with a dog, Charlie: A Love Story will touch you deeply. Charlie: A Love Story is like no other dog memoir. Not just because Charlie was an exceptional dog, but because Barbara tells the story of her best friend as she and Charlie are living it. Charlie had an incredible zest for life and great courage, and you'll be amazed watching him overcome numerous health problems, despite his age and his size. Most of all, your heartstrings will be pulled by this once-in-a-lifetime relationship.

Charlie: A Love Story started out as a gardening journal, but Charlie turned it into a day-to-day heart-wrenching and yet inspiring memoir about the last few years of his unforgettably resilient life. Crisp prose, elegant storytelling and raw emotion decorate the pages as the author offers readers a close-up, in-the-moment view of a truly deep connection that, even after Charlie's last breath, still lives on.

Professionally, author Lampert is a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships, and her experience complements a refreshingly open look at an intimate and profound relationship between a woman and her very wise old dog, making Charlie: A Love Story a soul-satisfying must read. So put another log on the fire, curl up with your pooch, or your memories, and pick up Charlie: A Love Story. You'll relate to and be warmed by Charlie and his best friend Barbara.

Barbara Lampert resides in Malibu, California. Charlie: A Love Story is her first book.

Langdon Street Press
Paperback:  $14.95
ISBN:  978-1-936782-25-3
Publication Date:  1/27/12

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