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'The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love' to be Featured at JCC in West Hartford

The Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival will present author Melissa Fay Greene’s ‘The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love.’

Submitted by Larah Winn, Mandell JCC

The Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival presents Author Melissa Fay Greene’s “The Underdogs: Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love,” on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.

Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, “The Underdogs” is a compassionate exploration of human attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love.

“The Underdogs” tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age 24 by a neuromuscular disease and who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was “too disabled.” A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen’s service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life.
Melissa Fay Greene is the author of six nonfiction books: Praying for Sheetrock (1991), The Temple Bombing (1996), Last Man Out (2003), There is No Me Without You (2006), No Biking in the House Without a Helmet (2011), and The Underdogs (2016). The newest is an expansion of “Wonder Dog,” a 2012 New York Times Magazine feature story which became one the most popular and most shared New York Times articles of the year.
For more information on upcoming Mandell JCC Book Festival events, contact Jill Ziplow, 860-231-6339, [email protected]. For updates, follow the Mandell JCC on Facebook and Twitter. All dates and programs subject to change.
The 2016-2017 Mandell JCC Book Festival is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and sponsored by Mandell JCC Partners: Saint Francis Care, LAZ Parking, Farmington Bank, Simsbury Bank, Group Insurance Associates, Barnett & Shoflick Family Dentistry, Waterford Hotel Group, Jewish Book Council, Hartford Car and Driver, RJ Julia Independent Book Sellers, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Jewish Ledger, Mandell JCC Pillars Society and Pacesetters.
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