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Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Witby Bark
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A pot roast left unguarded. An open bedroom door. An ill-timed squat. Dogs seem to have impeccable timing. Yet how quickly calamity turns to comedy in the company of a dog, and the wrong moment turns out to be just the right one.
In this delightful follow-up to Dog Is My Co-Pilot, which won the Best Book of the Year award from the Dog Writers Association of America, the editors of The Bark bring together more stories, essays, and artwork that highlight the hilarity of dog behavior and the comical interactions between dog people and their four-legged friends.
From playful puppies who wreak havoc in the home to dogs with a whole array of comic shticks and tricks, Howl celebrates the verve and the laughs pets offer their people. It includes laugh-out-loud reflections (and confessions), rib-tickling tales, and whimsical vignettes from well-known writers such as:
"The second literary salvo from The Bark magazine (after Dog is my Co-Pilot), a mostly-miss compendium of dog-related scribblings, opens with a spectacularly unfunny standup routine performed by a dog named Gracie. The schtick, by essayist Bonnie Thomas Abbott, is cliché-ridden enough almost to put readers off dogs for good. Alice Elliott Dark's ponderous attempted satire of the James Frey debacle, related here as the dog Raw Bone's memoir 'A Million Little Reeses,' is so cringe-inducing the reader is actually embarrassed for the author. Those with fortitude will be rewarded, albeit sparingly. Marc Spitz's essay on how his dog changed his life, riddled with pop culture references and self-deprecating humor, is truly a joy. Kinky Friedman's all-too-short piece on the trials and tribulations of sharing a bed with animals will have dog lovers smiling and nodding in recognition, and Nancy Cohen's 'The Seven Month Itch' masterfully incorporates the multitude of nicknames owners have for their companions in a story about the search for the cure for a rash. Unfortunately, the gems are all too few." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A funny and touching book for anyone who loves, respects, and cherishes their dog as a family member!" Tamar Geller, Oprah's personal dog coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Loved Dog
"We love your book!" Phydo and Phyllis Diller, author of Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy
From the editors of the magazine Time has called The New Yorker for dog lovers comes this collection of essays, stories, drawings, and cartoons that highlights the droll behavior of dogs and their two-legged companions.
About the Author
Claudia Kawczynska and Cameron Woo created and publish Bark, an award-winning magazine known for its hip and literary vibe. Their first book, Dog Is My Co-Pilot, was a New York Times bestseller. Visit www.thebark.com
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