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Smart Ass: How a Donkey Challenged Me to Accept His True Nature and Rediscover My Own
Contributor(s): Winslow, Margaret

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ISBN: 160868590X     ISBN-13: 9781608685905
Publisher: New World Library
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2018
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Annotation: Recounts a college professors midlife decision to adopt a white Andalusian donkey, the struggle of training him, and the journey to understand the importance of being true oneself.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Donkeys; Training.
Donkeys; Biography.
BISAC Categories:
- Pets | Essays
- Humor | Topic
- Pets | Horses
Dewey: 636.1/82
LCCN: 2018020619
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.70 lbs) 277 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Margaret Winslow is a field geologist with over thirty years experience in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, where a fascination with donkeys in rural areas evolved into a quest to fulfill a long-forgotten childhood dream of owning one. She holds a PhD in geological sciences from Columbia University and have published over thirty papers in international scientific journals. Her National Geographic–funded fieldwork on earthquake hazards and archaeological settlement patterns in Alaska and Chile is featured in the award-winning PBS series “Fire on the Rim.” Winslow has been interviewed on NPR’s “West Coast Live,” CBS News Radio, and WABC Eyewitness News. She has written two travel memoirs, Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond(2012),andThe Cusp of Dreadfulness(2016).Winslow is professor emerita of earth sciences at the City College of New York and live in the lower Hudson valley of New York with her oceanographer husband, Joe Stennett. Her donkey, Caleb, boards nearby with fifty horses and ponies, where he continues to steal the show every day.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 September #4)

In this winning tale, Winslow (Over My Head), a City College of New York professor emerita of earth sciences, recounts facing her midlife crisis by purchasing, rather than the typical sports car or boat, a donkey—and not the docile companion she expected. When she arrives at an upstate New York farm to meet Caleb, the initially placid animal soon tries to show Winslow who the real boss is in their relationship. Trainers attempt to persuade Winslow to take a firmer hand, but it takes a terrifying physical interaction with Caleb to underscore the importance of doing so. Seriously contemplating selling him, Winslow instead sends Caleb to a "boot camp" training program. While he's there, Winslow realizes, during an intensely uncomfortable faculty meeting, that she's acting the way Caleb does when scared —"I had feinted and dodged to cover my fears"—and gathers the courage to speak up against shortsighted college administrators. In an amusing coda, although Caleb goes on to become a prize-winning show animal at county fairs, the stubborn animal continues to make clear that, while he may be trained, he's far from broken. This unusual, engaging story of a woman and her donkey will undoubtedly win many hearts. (Nov.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 September #4)

In this winning tale, Winslow (Over My Head), a City College of New York professor emerita of earth sciences, recounts facing her midlife crisis by purchasing, rather than the typical sports car or boat, a donkey—and not the docile companion she expected. When she arrives at an upstate New York farm to meet Caleb, the initially placid animal soon tries to show Winslow who the real boss is in their relationship. Trainers attempt to persuade Winslow to take a firmer hand, but it takes a terrifying physical interaction with Caleb to underscore the importance of doing so. Seriously contemplating selling him, Winslow instead sends Caleb to a "boot camp" training program. While he's there, Winslow realizes, during an intensely uncomfortable faculty meeting, that she's acting the way Caleb does when scared —"I had feinted and dodged to cover my fears"—and gathers the courage to speak up against shortsighted college administrators. In an amusing coda, although Caleb goes on to become a prize-winning show animal at county fairs, the stubborn animal continues to make clear that, while he may be trained, he's far from broken. This unusual, engaging story of a woman and her donkey will undoubtedly win many hearts. (Nov.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 September #4)

In this winning tale, Winslow (Over My Head), a City College of New York professor emerita of earth sciences, recounts facing her midlife crisis by purchasing, rather than the typical sports car or boat, a donkey—and not the docile companion she expected. When she arrives at an upstate New York farm to meet Caleb, the initially placid animal soon tries to show Winslow who the real boss is in their relationship. Trainers attempt to persuade Winslow to take a firmer hand, but it takes a terrifying physical interaction with Caleb to underscore the importance of doing so. Seriously contemplating selling him, Winslow instead sends Caleb to a "boot camp" training program. While he's there, Winslow realizes, during an intensely uncomfortable faculty meeting, that she's acting the way Caleb does when scared —"I had feinted and dodged to cover my fears"—and gathers the courage to speak up against shortsighted college administrators. In an amusing coda, although Caleb goes on to become a prize-winning show animal at county fairs, the stubborn animal continues to make clear that, while he may be trained, he's far from broken. This unusual, engaging story of a woman and her donkey will undoubtedly win many hearts. (Nov.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.
 
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