MOTIVATION for Reading: Every July 4th since moving to New England, we have had the pleasure and privilege of attending the family get-together of my mom’s older sister. The gals in this clan are all readers and we have a tradition of swapping, sharing, and chatting about books. This year, my cousin handed me this one and said I would love it. I did not doubt that I would. What I was afraid of was that I would have my heart wrenched and my face drenched with tears. I did.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Ms. Quindlen describes the impact of sharing your life with a dog by focusing on one dear Labrador and how he came to be a part of her family. The word count is low but the emotional content is high. I wouldn’t call Quindlen a sentimental writer but she knows how to be effective and smart. The book contains many beautiful black and white portraits of a variety of dog breeds and they all capture your heart – if you’re a dog lover, I might presume.
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.
Anna Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for her column in the New York Times and is now focusing on writing fiction and nonfiction, plus a regular contribution in Newsweek. She is a terrific writer.
RATING: Four slices of pie.