Sunday, January 20, 2008

Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen

iconiconDon't get too excited — I'm actually not done with Unbending Gender quite yet. I took a short break to read Anna Quindlen's Good Dog. Stay., a short memoir focusing primarily on her dog Beau, but also touching on other dogs she has owned over the years.

Dog lovers will find a lot of truth in Good Dog. Stay. It's beautifully told, capturing perfectly all of the joys and heartbreaks of owning a dog.

The book is actually more of a personal essay in length, with lots of adorable dog pictures thrown in. As a result, it's a quick read, and one I highly recommend to any dog owner or dog lover who has an hour to spare.


Irreverent Freelancer said...

Is this one of those heartbreaking types with tragedy at the end, or is it more lighthearted? I'm trying to slowly get back into being able to read dog books, but I can't yet handle the ones that are going to have me in tears!

Katharine Swan said...

Well, it's not heartbreaking, but you definitely know early on that the book will end with Beau's death. However, the book is more a reflection on his life, and is pretty lighthearted throughout most of it. As a dog owner I recognized a lot of the humorous situations Quindlen describes.

Irreverent Freelancer said...

Yeah, I think it's pretty much a given that every dog story is going to end in tragedy (even the one I'm working on is) but some writers just have a way of manipulating you and others put a really positive spin on the loss. I'm hoping to be one of the latter. I think I'll put this one on my TBR file. At some point, I've got to face canine tales (and tails) again.

Katharine Swan said...

I agree with you about the manipulation. As Michael likes to point out, in scary movies the dog almost always dies.

This book was well done, though. It's a pretty short read -- only took me about an hour.