Book Review: Saving Baby – Jo Anne Normile

saving babyJo Anne Normile is a co-founder and current president of the Saving Baby Equine Charity.  In her memoir, Saving Baby: How One Woman’s Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption, the horse lover and activist fights for the humane treatment of ex-racehorses.

“Compelled by the idea of owning a thoroughbred, Normile acquires ‘Baby” from an ailing breeder, with the stipulation that she races him. Normile becomes indoctrinated in the early 1990s subculture of Detroit horse racing – and the corner cutting and corruption that lurk in the unregulated sport. Baby shows promise as a winner, but due to a series of unsavory experiences, he never reaches his potential. He eventually meets a tragic, untimely end resulting from negligence on the track. This heart-wrenching loss launches Normile into a fight to protect other horses from the same fate….”  (per the Kirkus Review).

A CHDC supporter has recently read the book,  and provides this recommendation to our readership:

  • Wayne Purcell,  President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States,  gives this book an excellent review.
  • Nicholas H. Dodman BVMS  states,” a beautiful story about an extraordinary bond about what happens when you follow your instinct and also do not.  This book will speak to anyone who has ever been moved by the overpowering combination of love and conscience.”
  • Karen Menczer, Founder and Executive Director, Animal Kind International…”if you were ever faced with the choice of walking a difficult path or taking the easy way out, this story will resonate and haunt you.  A must for animal lovers.”

Joanne has been awarded multiple awards for her tremendous amount of work in educating the public, re: the dark side of the horse racing industry.

I have read this book, and it is one of the most powerful books I have read.  It is honest, and written with raw emotion and the truth. Highly recommended reading.
Noreen Nawrocki

Saving Baby is available at Amazon Booksellers or online at your favourite bookstore.

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