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Margaret Winslow, an overworked college professor in New York City, answered a for-sale ad for a "Large White Saddle Donkey." Hilarity ensued, along with life-threatening injuries, spirit-enriching insight, humiliating races, and the discovery of Caleb the Donkey’s true gifts: a willingness to be true to himself no matter the circumstances.
How do you meet a mid-life crisis? Sports car, Italian villa, inappropriate love interest? Margaret Winslow, an overworked college professor in New York City, answered a for-sale ad for a “Large White Saddle Donkey.” Hilarity ensues, alongside life-threatening injuries and spirit-enriching insight. Through
training traumas, expert-baffling antics, and humiliating races, she comes to understand of Caleb’s true, undeniable gifts: a willingness to be true to himself no matter the circumstances, to “speak truth to power.”
“This unusual, engaging story of a woman and her donkey will undoubtedly win many hearts.” —Publishers Weekly (9/24/18)
“A moving and humorous account of what a woman learned about herself as she trained a donkey.” — ALA Booklist (11/1/18)
“It teaches us about the true nature of life, from the power of love to the reality of animal communication.” — Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, author of Love, Animals & Miracles and 365 Prescriptions for the Soul
“…a unique, enriching journey that is both satisfying and poignant.” Canadian Horse Journal, Winter, 2018
“ …a testament to the power of love and forgiveness, no matter how long humans take to really take to hear them from deep within their hearts.” — Best Friends Magazine (March/April 2019)
“Heartbreaking, funny, encouraging, and enlightening, Smart Ass is a beautifully written story that questions our own stubbornness as a species and asks us to learn how to trust ourselves.”— Ben Hart, animal behaviorist, author, and trainer at The Donkey Sanctuary, UK
Margaret Winslow is a field geologist with more than thirty years' experience in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The author of two travel memoirs, she lives in Piermont, New York. Caleb boards nearby with fifty horses and ponies.