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Ever by My Side by Nick Trout - Reader's Guide

Ever by My Side by Nick Trout - Reader's Guide

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“The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck.” —Dr. Nick Trout

New York Times bestselling author Nick Trout has captivated readers by taking them behind the scenes into the heartwarming—and sometimes heartrending—world of veterinary medicine. In Ever By My Side, Nick turns the lens inward to offer a funny, moving, and intimate memoir about how the pets he has had throughout his life have shaped him into the son, husband, father, and doctor he is today. Using his relationships with those beloved animals to tell his life story, Nick shares the profound lessons he’s learned about friendship, loyalty, and resilience. The result is a moving story that speaks not just to animal lovers, but to any reader who appreciates the bonds we have with our loved ones, be they animal or human, and the lengths to which we go to nurture those bonds.

Nick waxes nostalgic about his boyhood in a working-class British suburb, where a large German shepherd named Patch was the perfect companion to a scrawny, bookish boy in a neighborhood full of bullies. He writes about his relationship with his father, the man who nurtured Nick’s dream of becoming a vet, even though he couldn’t have imagined the career would lead his only son 3,000 miles away. He describes wooing his future wife and stepdaughter and (perhaps most difficult of all) their ornery cat. And he offers a poignant chronicle of his daughter’s devastating diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and how a little yellow Labrador retriever played an important role in bringing joy to their family when they needed it most. Alongside Nick’s warm reflections, the pets in these pages come alive as irresistible characters in their own right and showcase the power of animals to offer a lifetime of consolation, guidance, and abiding affection.

Tender, wry, and ruminative, Ever By My Side is a tribute to the power and beauty of ordinary life and a celebration of how pets make it all the sweeter and richer.

To read more about Ever by My Side or Nick Trout please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
“The lessons that these animals taught me have been subtle, startling, and inspirational, playing a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethoscope around his neck.” —Dr. Nick Trout

New York Times bestselling author Nick Trout has captivated readers by taking them behind the scenes into the heartwarming—and sometimes heartrending—world of veterinary medicine. In Ever By My Side, Nick turns the lens inward to offer a funny, moving, and intimate memoir about how the pets he has had throughout his life have shaped him into the son, husband, father, and doctor he is today. Using his relationships with those beloved animals to tell his life story, Nick shares the profound lessons he’s learned about friendship, loyalty, and resilience. The result is a moving story that speaks not just to animal lovers, but to any reader who appreciates the bonds we have with our loved ones, be they animal or human, and the lengths to which we go to nurture those bonds.

Nick waxes nostalgic about his boyhood in a working-class British suburb, where a large German shepherd named Patch was the perfect companion to a scrawny, bookish boy in a neighborhood full of bullies. He writes about his relationship with his father, the man who nurtured Nick’s dream of becoming a vet, even though he couldn’t have imagined the career would lead his only son 3,000 miles away. He describes wooing his future wife and stepdaughter and (perhaps most difficult of all) their ornery cat. And he offers a poignant chronicle of his daughter’s devastating diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and how a little yellow Labrador retriever played an important role in bringing joy to their family when they needed it most. Alongside Nick’s warm reflections, the pets in these pages come alive as irresistible characters in their own right and showcase the power of animals to offer a lifetime of consolation, guidance, and abiding affection.

Tender, wry, and ruminative, Ever By My Side is a tribute to the power and beauty of ordinary life and a celebration of how pets make it all the sweeter and richer.

To read more about Ever by My Side or Nick Trout please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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A modern James Herriot, r. ick rout hascaptivated pet lovers with his bestselling talesrom the rontlines o veterinary medicine.ow r. rout takes us behind the sceneswith tales rom his own lie as a pet lover,and the dogs and cats that shaped his world.From his English boyhood to his career andmarriage in the nited States, r. routintroduces us to the memorable urry riendswho helped him through some especially di-fcult times, including his daughter’s diagno-sis with a serious illness. hrough poignantrecollections,
Ever By My Side 
captures the journey o a man who ollowed his heart anddevoted his lie to healing animals, while let-ting them heal him in return.Heartwarming and inspiring,
Ever By My Side 
 celebrates the special joy that comes roma beloved pet. We hope that the ollowingquestions will enhance your reading group’sexperience o this moving memoir.SSS ESS
1. r. rout begins by describing his earliestexperiences with dogs—his maternal grand-mother’s toy poodle, Marty, and his paternalgrandmother’s almatian, leo. What do thesescenes reveal about the way humans and ani-mals reject or accept each other?2. What did r. rout’s parents teach himabout being a parent (including being the“parent” o a pet)?3. r. rout describes Patch as his ather’skindred spirit. What made this Germanshepherd perectly suited to ather and sonin this case?4. James Herriot was clearly a role model or r. rout, and or his ather. How did Allreatures Great and Small compare to theworld r. rout encountered as a veterinar-ian? What lessons did yan James, the routamily’s veterinarian, impart?5. What did r. rout discover about himsel as he made the transition rom Patch toWhiskey? What did he discover about gen-der and temperament by watching Patch andBess interact?6. n addition to job opportunities, what did r.rout hope to gain by venturing to America?n what ways was he suited to American cul-ture? What common ground did he fnd withKathy, who would become his wie?7. How was r. rout transormed by his newrole as stepather to Whitney, and to egi-nald . at? What challenges did he endurewith eggie that he had never encounteredwith dogs?
 
EAG GP GE
Ever ByMy Side
By r. ick rout,
author o the
New York Times
 bestseller 
Tell Me Where It Hurts
 
8.As r. rout and his wie ace Emily’sdiagnosis, is their medical training a ben-eft or a hindrance? How does Buster (thebrawny bulldog) change their perspective?9.What makes Sophie, the Jack ussell ter-rier, hard or r. rout to train? How wasthe challenge dierent rom when hisather had tried to train Patch?10. When Emily insisted on a yellow Labrador,what personality traits was she hoping or?n what ways did Meg ulfll the dream?11. When r. rout’s ather adopts Sasha near the end o the book, we’re reminded thatpet ownership can mean cycles o attach-ment and loss, and vibrancy and ailinghealth as the animals we love live out their days. What does
Ever By My Side 
ultimate-ly teach us about lie, and about healing?12. escribe the pet that made the biggestdierence in your lie. What eect did youand this pet have on each other?13. iscuss the book’s title,
Ever By My Side 
.What does the book say about animals’loyalty, as well as their need or indepen-dence?14. Were you surprised to discover that Fionaeventually got a dog (a golden retriever, noless, named Lily)? r. rout’s mother wasalso resistant to pets at frst. What did ittake to persuade them to see the beneftso canine companionship?15. r. rout’s previous books,
Love Is the Best Medicine 
and the bestseller 
Tell Me Where It Hurts
, capture his lie as a veterinarian,whereas
Ever By My Side 
reveals his jour-ney with his own pets. id you enjoy thisinside look? What was it like or you to seehim in another light?
AB HEAH 
r. ick rout graduated rom veterinaryschool at the niversity o ambridge,England, in 1989. He is a diplomate o theAmerican and European olleges o Veteri-nary Surgeons and a sta surgeon at the AngelAnimal Medical enter in Boston. He livesin Massachusetts with his wie, daughters, andtwo dogs: Meg, a yellow Labrador, and Sophie,a Jack ussell terrier. He is the author o twoprevious books:
Love Is the Best Medicine 
andthe instant
New York Times
bestseller 
Tell Me Where It Hurts
.
eading group guide or 
Ever By My Side 
by ick rout. opyright ©2011 by rown Publishing Group. istributed bypermission o the rown Publishing Group, a division o andom House, nc. All rights reserved. o part o this read-ing group guide may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing rom the publisher.
Ever ByMy Side
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karenball_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Nick Trout grew up in England, with a mother who refused to get the family a dog... at least until there was talk of a neighborhood prowler. The grandparents had dogs - Marty the bad-tempered poodle and Cleo the loveable Dalmation, and that was enough. Or was it? Nick's father came home with Patch, a German shepherd, and Nick's life with pets began. Patch and his adventures were followed by Bess and Whiskey, and then Reginald C. Cat, Buster the homeless bulldog, Gracie, Sophie and Meg. Oh, and there was a wild bobcat that was hit by a car in there as well! Dr. Nick grew up in a normal house with a father who loved James Herriott, and dreamed of having a veterinarian son who would live like that in the Yorkshire dales. While he did become a veterinarian, Nick chose to specialize in surgery, and ended up moving to Boston (and then on to Arizona) to practice. His tales of what he has learned about life, love, and relationships from all of these animals are touching and delightful. Published for adults, this is a great memoir for all of our animal lovers. 7th grade and up.
literatehousewife reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Veterinarians, just like members of any other profession, are made, not born. What led young Nick Trout from his upbringings in England to his passion as a veterinarian surgeon isn’t as simple as being a lifelong lover of animals. It was the culmination of his relationship with his father, his mother and sister, and the pets he’s had or gotten to know along the way. His journey didn’t end upon graduation from University of Cambridge. It continued on through each part of his adult life. He tells his story, which is neither fantastic nor ordinary fluidly and with a humor unanticipated by this first-time Nick Trout reader.I am not an animal lover by nature. It’s not that I don’t like them. I just have extremely little experience with them. Unlike my daughters, I never enjoyed zoos as a child. There were times that my siblings and I begged our parents for a dog. Knowing how much responsibility came with dogs, my parents never gave in to our pleading – even the time we worked up a pretty complex presentation for them. My husband also grew up largely without pets. Once we were married and moved into our own home, we never pursued pets of our own. You may be surprised that I ever picked up a copy Ever By My Side to listen to at all, even with Simon Vance as narrator. To be honest, you’re not wrong. There are so many things I am interested in that non-fiction about pets is something my eyes barely scan. That changed in this instance after I read a blog post about Ever By My Side on Simon Vance’s website. His heartfelt response to this book put in on my must listen list. I am happy that I did. Dr. Nick Trout’s discussion of his journey to and through his veterinary career was interesting and compelling.There were many aspects of this memoir that were interesting: his early experiences as a veterinarian, selecting his daughter’s first puppy and joining a household with a resident cat, what stands out to me the most about Ever By My Side was the relationship between Nick Trout, his father and his father’s dogs. The first family dog, who was really his father’s dog, entered the house without the agreement of Mrs. Trout. I thoroughly enjoyed how the household adapted to the new family member. I could see my own dad doing something like that. It was interesting how the vision of veterinary school and Nick Trout’s future career diverged between father and son. There relationship was a thread woven throughout Ever By My Side. Pets aren’t the only creatures who stand by you no matter what you choose to do in life. All who stand ever beside you are your greatest blessings.I fear I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but this is yet another excellent audiobook narrated by Simon Vance. That he himself is an animal lover added to the performance. That the book prompted him to write that beautiful post about his pets past and present was clear to me as I listened. Nick Trout’s memoir could not have been narrated better by anyone else.I’m not sure what higher recommendation I can give Ever By My Side than to say that I was invested in Trout’s story from the very beginning. This woman, who was once a girl who easily grew bored at zoos, smiled, laughed, pondered and, in a few places, cried my way through this memoir. This isn’t just a memoir for animal lovers or those who would like to a look at the life of a veterinarian. It’s a memoir for everyone who appreciates how deeply humans can experience relationships with each other and with the animals who capture their hearts.
ninetiger_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Although there are many fine stories of past pets(loved Reggie's in particular) and their influence on his life, this book is truly a memoir about how one goes from boy to man; about how one goes from child to parent; how one finds one's calling; and about how one faces life and death. A reflection on a journey familiar to us all.MGP
macygma reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Everyone who has ever owned a pet has, at one time or other, met a veterinarian. Some of us (myself included) have met surgeons. The people who, when things are decidedly not good, step in and perform miracles on our aging dogs and cats, hurt animals, young creatures with illnesses. Nick Trout is one of those vets. A veterinary surgeon in Boston, MA; Trout tells us of the years he wanted to grow up to be a vet and the years following his graduation. From Patch, the “Oh, by the way, dear we now own a dog” dog to Reggie (possible cat from Hell turned angel) and a course of others we learn how Nick Trout became a veterinarian and a surgeon at that.His life is much like ours with a few kinks thrown in to keep it interesting. A father addicted to James Herriot, a mother addicted to golden retrievers and Nick in the middle trying to find his way amidst the dogs in his life. Mr. Trout, Sr. had envisioned Nick in Yorkshire Dales, sounding like Herriot and Dad at his side helping out in the office. Didn’t happen. When Nick goes into surgery, his father realizes that as Herriot-style life isn’t meant to be. When Nick moves to Boston for residency, he knows it for sure. This book was lovely. Well phrased, even through tragedy; with real characters that could be sitting in my living room over a cup of tea discussing the latest football match. If you love animals you will truly enjoy this tale of dogs, a horrid/nice cat and a boy grown into his dream.
altarasabine reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A must read for all animal lovers. As Dr. Trout recounts his life, specifically the ares shaped by the animals in his life, you will find yourself falling back into memories of the pets that you loved. Taking a deeper look and discovering the impact those animals had in shaping your life. A memoir grounded in reality that is heart warming, funny and maybe even have you shedding a tear or two.
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