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Kirkus Review – December 10, 2015
In this moving debut autobiography, a chronically depressed short
story writer tells how her relationship with her dog saved her
life... Through the memoir, the author shows a captivating ability
to observe the interplay of external events and her inner life...A
heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from
Foreword Reviews – December 1, 2015
A stunning new memoir from Julie Barton explores the topics of
severe depression and canine companionship as treatment in poignant
and revealing language. Dog Medicine will strike sympathetic
notes with fellow sufferers and dog lovers alike… In the end, Dog
Medicine is as much a work about self-acceptance and internal
forgiveness as it is about the friends, both human and animal, who
help us along the way. Barton commands both empathy and respect, and
all of those who themselves battle depression, or who love someone
who does, are certain to find this a powerful text.
San Francisco Book Review – November 19, 2015
There are few books that capture the immense weight of major
depression to such a devastating level; and fewer that almost
magically rescue that wounded narrative into a hopeful and loving
story ... Barton’s story of her life with Bunker is truly moving,
and provides heartwarming proof of the ability of pets to alter our
lives for the better.