Spalding bookshop’s pick of good reads

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Bookmark at Spalding has chosen Dog Medicine by Julie Barton as its book of the week.

At twenty-two, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan.

She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.

Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression.

Psychiatrists, therapists and family members tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker.

Dog Medicine captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds.

This is a raw and honest memoir and an eloquent testament to the resilience of humans and the healing power of canine love.

The book retails for £7.99 but there is a 20 per cent off voucher in the Spalding Guardian of July 21.