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In this inspired, timely follow-up to the New York Times bestseller From Baghdad, With Love—Jay Kopelman's moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava—the author credits his canine best friend with keeping him sane after he returned home from the war.

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Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman won the hearts of readers with his moving story of adopting an abandoned puppy named Lava in a hellish corner of Iraq. For this Marine and his comrades, the puppy served as an important emotional touchstone in a grim and seemingly endless war.

Kopelman now writes about what it's like to be home. He credits his canine best friend with finding his wife—in the park, Lava began playing with her dog and the two owners met—and for keeping him sane as he readjusted. With the same intelligence and insight he showed in From Baghdad, With Love, Kopelman sets forth more than a dozen lessons, including: Life can change in an instant, but you'll be able to handle it; passion for something can help you tap into your most powerful reserve of energy; have a standard operating procedure for everything; and never forget who you are or how you got here. Active and retired troops, soldiers' friends and families, and everyone who has ever loved a dog will embrace this book.

"[Narrator Christopher Lane] portray[s] to perfection an ex-Marine whose writing admits to anger, hostility, and personality damage resulting from his combat experiences." ---AudioFile

"Kopelman's nonjudgmental approach and his self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek humor make this survivor's account as engaging as it is powerful." ---Publishers Weekly

From Baghdad to America

Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava

Author Jay Kopelman

Narrated by Christopher Lane

Publication date Oct 13, 2008

Running time 4 hrs

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