4 out of 4 stars
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Bite Me: Tell-All Tales of an Emergency Veterinarian by Laura Lefkowitz, DVM, is a non-fiction, personal memoir. Prepare to be amazed!
This was a wonderful book! I enjoyed it immensely. The chapters are short and aptly named. The writing style is riveting. I loved the use of black and white photos at the beginning of each chapter. I felt that I knew the author personally. Dr. Lefkowitz is a superb writer! She draws you in to her own personal life and then shares some of her rawest memories.
Honestly, this book was a lot more than I expected it to be. I laughed out loud more times than I can remember. I cried.......several times. Once, was when Dr. Lefkowitz shares the driving reason for her choosing to become a vet, and I have to warn you, it's insane and heartbreaking.
The author also shares about a year that she spent traveling around the world on a bike. I don't want to say much more about that, but I will say this. I have lived in third world countries for many years. The raw, gritty, and often unheard of, stories that she shares are all too real. The reality that the rest of the world operates under is by no means the same as the rose-colored glasses that we, as first world citizens, see through. I thoroughly appreciate the author's honesty in sharing these, often heartbreaking, stories.
There were so many wonderful stories in this book! One of my favorites is the story of Doris, the miniature poodle. Doris is hilarious! She is also insane, literally. Her escapades are truly one of a kind, and I am sure that anyone who reads this book will end up loving Doris as much as I do. Although I have to say, I could not stop laughing when I read that Dr. Lefkowitz gave Doris a Mohawk and then proceeded to dye it!
Once again, I loved this book! I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals, to the aspiring veterinarian, to the ones who just love a good memoir, and to anyone that wants a good laugh. If you have ever read James Herriot's books, you will love this one! It is more modern, of course, but closely related. I deeply appreciate Dr. Lefkowitz's profession and her willingness to spread a little awareness about the life of veterinarians. I am rating this book 4 out of 4 stars!
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