Veterinarian and Author Dr. Karen Fine Presents a Jewish Book Council Talk on her Bestseller The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality

Thursday, January 11 at 11am at Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road

Book sales and signing handled by Eight Cousins Bookshop of Falmouth

Advance registration is required! Click here  or RSVP to by January 10

On Thursday, January 11 at 11am, Falmouth Jewish Congregation will host a Jewish Book Council author talk by Karen Fine on her bestseller The Other Family Doctor. This event is free and and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Falmouth-based independent bookseller Eight Cousins is handling book sales at the event.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Calling all animal lovers!

“Filled with compassion and wisdom, Karen Fine is a healer whose own wounds have deepened her gifts for bringing animals and their people comfort and peace.” —Sy Montgomery, bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus

“Compassionate and empathetic, The Other Family Doctor is required reading for anyone who has ever loved an animal.”
—E.B. Bartels, author of 
Good Grief

The Other Family Doctor , Karen Fine's heartwarming memoir about her career as a vet and the unique role pets play in our lives, is a tribute to our furry, feathery, scaley, and wet family members. All Creatures Great and Small meets Being Mortal in this compelling memoir of one woman's dream to become a veterinarian.

Karen Fine always knew that she wanted to be a vet and wasn't going to let anything stop her: not her allergy to cats, and not the fact that in the '80s veterinary medicine was still a mostly male profession. Inspired by her grandfather, a compassionate doctor who paid house calls to all his (human) patients, Dr. Fine persevered, and brought her Oupa's principles into her own practice, which emphasizes the need to understand her patients’ stories to provide the best possible care. In The Other Family Doctor, Dr. Fine shares all these touching, joyful, heartbreaking, and life-affirming tales that make up her career as a vet.


• The feral cat who becomes a creature out of a fable when he puts his trust in a young vet to heal his injured paw

• The pot-bellied pig who grows too big to fit in the car but remains a cherished part of her family

• The surprising colony of perfectly behaved ferrets

• The beloved aging pet who gives her people the gift of accompanying them on one final family vacation

• The dog who saves his owner's life in a most unexpected way

Woven into Dr. Fine's story are, of course, also the stories of her own pets: the birds, cats, and dogs who have taught her the most valuable lessons—how caring for the animals in our lives can teach us to better care for ourselves, especially when life seems precarious.