Chaska's Jan Dunlap has another book coming out in April, but it's not another one of her birder murder mysteries. Her latest book, Saved by Gracie, is a memoir about how her life changed after adopting a black lab mix named Gracie.
Dunlap, who was afraid of dogs, adopted Gracie at the insistence of her teenage daughter, but she quickly realized her relationship with Gracie was changing her life for the better. Dunlap was struggling with a growing anxiety disorder, which Gracie helped her overcome. "From chasing squirrels to jumping fences to the occasional roll in dead fish, Gracie began reminding me that life is for living, not dreading," Dunlap writes on her website. "And then I discovered something else: my anxieties were diminishing, and the more I relied on God to help me care for Gracie, the stronger my faith in God grew."
Listen to Dunlap discuss her new book here. Meet Dunlap in person—and get your copy of the book signed—at one of these events:
11 a.m.–1 p.m. April 19: Booksigning at Jim Gilbert's Wild Bird Store in Waconia.
1–2 p.m. April 26: Library program in Waconia.
11 a.m.–1 p.m. May 3: Booksigning at Seedlings Gifts & Books in Chanhassen.
1–3 p.m. May 17: Booksigning at Heritage Books & Gifts in Chaska.
3–4:30 p.m. May 18: Body, Spirit & Pets: Overcoming Anxiety program at the Blessing House in Victoria (registration required).