In an outstanding year for iUniverse self-published books, we celebrate with another of our authors, Jolene Mercadante, who has attained the coveted Kirkus Reviews Top 100 Indie Books for 2012, with her book about life with a pit bull terrier, “THE Angel ON MY SHOULDER My Life with An American Pit Bull Terrier”. Read on for the full Kirkus review:-
“THE Angel ON MY SHOULDER My Life with An American Pit Bull Terrier By Jolene Mercadante
Jolene Mercadante, a librarian and animal lover, recounts the life lessons she and her family learned after she adopted a pit bull.
Rumer—named after novelist Rumer Godden—was a puppy “the size of a sausage.” She was an ordinary dog who nonetheless touched the lives of everyone who knew her. With her sideways glance and mascara eyes, she shattered the myths attached to this unfairly maligned, naturally loving dog breed. Whether carrying out her self-appointed task of corralling the horses, participating in daily visits to nearby family members, riding the No. 8 golf cart, playing hockey with her “uncle” or wearing crazy glasses for Halloween, Rumer demonstrated the keys to a life well lived: guilelessly give and receive and seize the moment. Mercadante follows Rumer from her carefree, funny puppy days through a rebellious adolescence, to her physical peak of adulthood and finally to her heartbreaking but courageous end. She evocatively brings to life not only the boundless, inspiring spirit of a dog who “smells like fresh-cut grass, baked pork, and a hint of unmentionables,” but also the beauty of the Southampton, Mass., landscape and the sacredness of a moment. Even more importantly, she sheds light on the importance of understanding the pit bull for its admirably loyal nature—not for its unfortunate stereotype forged by cruel, inhumane owners intent on turning these promising animals into violent attack dogs. Rumer, on the other hand, proved herself to be a joyous, loving and good-natured soul who wholeheartedly embraced life and eagerly became a grounded center for each family member. Also included here is a delightful centerfold featuring photos of Rumer and her family.
A charming portrait of unadulterated pet love”.
iUniverse says well done again to Jolene for her excellent memoir and for achieving the Kirkus Reviews accolade of The Top 100 Indie Books of 2012.