Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Charlie: A Love Story by Barbara Lampert

Charlie: A Love Story

by Barbara Lampert

Publisher: Langdon St. Press

Release: January 2012

Pages: 204

ISBN: 9781936782253

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Barbara and Charlie
Book Summary
Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and the author, Barbara Lampert. It takes place in Malibu, California. When Charlie turned eleven years old and started having some health problems, a journal Barbara was keeping about her garden quickly became mostly about Charlie.

Charlie: A Love Story is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And as a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships, Barbara brings that sensibility and understanding to Charlie’s story as well.

Charlie was Barbara’s loyal confidante and best friend. He was indomitable, had a zest for life and an uncanny emotional intelligence. As Barbara says in her book:

“Charlie’s a big dog, not just physically but in every way. He has a big heart, a big smile, lots of courage, a big appetite, and a great, big, generous spirit. Charlie’s the emotional core of our family, the most solid being I have ever known, and wise beyond his years. Charlie and me. It’s a great love affair, a once-in-a-lifetime connection.”

Charlie: A Love Story is about devotion, joy, loss, and renewal, about never giving up or giving in. But mostly it’s about an extraordinary dog and an extraordinary relationship.

My Thoughts
Charlie: A Love Story is a touching memoir about Barbara Lampert and her golden retriever, Charlie.  What started out for the author as a gardening journal, evolved into a memory keeper of the special, loving relationship of Barbara and Charlie. 

I don't think anyone could read this book without being touched.  I'd suggest you have a box of tissues ready, as you will find yourself tearing up.  I do wish there had been a lot more of the happier stories mixed in with the sad, to balance it out a bit.  There are pictures of Charlie, the author's garden, and the other family pets throughout the book.  Charlie: A Love Story is a beautiful tribute to a very special dog.

Barbara and Charlie
Author Bio
Barbara Lampert is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationships. She’s been in private practice in Brentwood, California for over twenty years. She considers her work a calling and loves what she does. She has a doctorate in medical sociology and two master’s degrees – one in psychology and one in sociology.

Barbara has adored dogs her whole life. They’re her passion! She considers them the magic on the planet. Barbara has had dogs most of her life and hopes to have at least one by her side always. She notes that for a lot of people, their dogs are their best friends. She loves helping people know that’s ok – that a soul-satisfying relationship may be found with any being and needs to be treasured.

Besides her love of dogs, Barbara is an avid gardener and finds herself gardening in much of her spare time. She sees her garden as a work of art. She loves being in nature – the miracle of growth, the ever-changing landscape, its beauty.

Today Barbara lives happily in
Malibu, California with her husband David (married twenty-eight years!) and their six-year-old Golden Retriever, Harry.

Barbara hopes that Charlie: A Love Story will be a tribute not only to a magnificent dog but to all dogs everywhere.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Look at that face! Now who couldn't love a Golden?

Tribute Books said...

Susanne, thanks for taking the time to read and review Barbara (and Charlie's!) book.

Susanne Drazic said...

The following message was emailed to me, because Barbara Lampert was unable to leave a message in the comments.

Thank you for hosting me on your site! For some reason, I’ve been unable to leave a comment so I thought I would try this route.

Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susanne .. amazing story - and I bet many will love reading Charlie's story and tie in with his mistress - I imagine lots of interesting insights ...

Cheers Hilary


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