It's hard for a first-time author to top the bold-faced names typically seen on the New York Times best sellers list, but that's exactly what Teresa Rhyne did, with her book "The Dog Lived (And So Will I)." Her memoir about adopting a dog with cancer inspired millions. So, what books impacted Rhyne in 2013? She shares her top picks below.
"Pukka's Promise: The Quest For Longer Lived Dogs" byTed Kerasote
"I'm a lifetime dog-lover and yet, this book made me rethink how I live with my dogs and what more I can do for their health and welfare, and that was no easy task. Plus, Ted can spin a great tale (tail?) and that's no easy task either."
"The Imperfect Environmentalist" by Sara Gilbert
"This is a practical guide to clearing your body, detoxing your home and saving the Earth - without losing your mind - by actress Sara Gilbert. I've had two dogs fight cancer and I'm a cancer survivor myself, so this year I was all about detoxing our environment. This book became my 'go to' reference, particularly because of her 'Cut to the Chase Hippie: What's the Least I Need to Know' advice section on very topic - perfect."
"Devoted: 28 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs" by Rebecca Asher-Walsh
"I'm a sucker for a beautiful dog book, and this one comes with touching stories about the many ways dogs are better than we are."
"Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls" by David Sedaris
"Because David Sedaris. Enough said."
"Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg
"'Lean In' is thought-provoking, fascinating and depressing. (What have I done with my life?!) It's about as highbrow as I went in 2013."