Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Good Dog. Stay by Anna Quindlen (636.7 Qui)

This slim book is perfect. Those who like Anna Quindlen’s fine writing and humor will like it. Those who like pets and books about pets–especially dogs–will like it. And those who are just looking for a quick, touching read with wonderful photographs will like Good Dog. Stay. “Good dog. Stay.” is a longing, that Quindlen’s beloved Labrador Retriever Beau could stay with her more than a scant fifteen years. It is a memoir of how he came to be part of her family, of what he meant to the author, her husband and three children, “In a world that seems so uncertain, in lives that seem sometimes to ricochet from challenge to upheaval and back again, a dog can be counted on in a way that’s true of little else.” To cap it off, this book is an upbeat guide to a happier life: “…that’s what I learned from watching Beau over his lifetime: to roll with the punches, to take things as they come, to measure myself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise my nose in the air from time to time and, at least metaphorically, holler, ‘I smell bacon!'”

Review by Christine

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This entry was posted on March 14, 2011 by in Book Review, Memoir, Non-Fiction.
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