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The Art of Racing in the Rain

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ISBN13: 9780061537936
ISBN10: 0061537934
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Staff Pick

After the umpteenth customer recommended this book to me, I made it my book club pick. The first few lines made me a bit nervous (because it could have gone so terribly wrong, you see), but I was laughing and crying within the first three pages. I finished the book in less than a day, and I still can't even look at the book without feeling it all again. Stein and his unconventional narrator make the requisite suspension of disbelief effortless; I was swept away and I suspect you will be, too.
Recommended by Nita, Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoe, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoe at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.

Review:

"If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zo, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Stein...creates a patient, wise, and doggish narrator that is more than just fluff and collar....[S]hould appeal to fans of both dogs and car racing." Library Journal

Review:

"Pointedly inspirational." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

A novel of a young woman who, despite knowing nothing about animals, signs herself up for dog training school at The Sanctuary, where she discovers that rescue can find even the most hopeless among us and that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds

Synopsis:

Sanctuary. Place of refuge. Training school. Command center for The Network. Home for strays and rescued dogs.

Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although sheand#8217;s supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. Thatand#8217;s what she signed up forand#8212;never mind that she lied and doesnand#8217;t know the first thing about animals except what sheand#8217;s learned from a breed guide, from the notes someone keeps leaving, and from videos online, like one that asks: Please can more people be nicer to dogs?

Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things sheand#8217;s learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns every time heand#8217;s adopted, and the rottweiler whoand#8217;s a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie came from a troubled past. She writes: and#8220;Rescue. Best. Verb. Ever.and#8221; As she creates her own training manual, she may even write an entry on herself.

A worthy shelf-mate to books by Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst, this is a brilliantly engaging novel about finding fellow animals who may bring you a deeper sense of home, healing, and the power of inventing a future.

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About the Author

The author of two novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. Garth Stein has also worked as a documentary filmmaker. He lives in Seattle with his family.

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Stephie, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Stephie)
I was immediately absorbed by this book after the first few pages. This story consumed my thoughts until I finished it (which was within 24 hours). This author is absolutely remarkable that he can make you feel like you truly are inside this incredible dog's head and hearing his words, and feeling his emotions. I cannot stop talking about this book to everyone I know that reads. I have always been a "read a book once" type of reader. For me, once a book is read, it's done. This book I want to read again. Bravo!
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M S Watkins, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by M S Watkins)
Wasn't sure about this book, as I am allergic to dogs, and even more allergic to sappy books about dogs. However, a friend kept pushing it on me, and am so glad she did.
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thatlldo, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by thatlldo)
My favorite book of the year!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061537936
Author:
Stein, Garth
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
Cooney, Ellen
Author:
by Garth Stein
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Automobile racing drivers
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Experimental fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080513
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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Product details 336 pages Harper - English 9780061537936 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

After the umpteenth customer recommended this book to me, I made it my book club pick. The first few lines made me a bit nervous (because it could have gone so terribly wrong, you see), but I was laughing and crying within the first three pages. I finished the book in less than a day, and I still can't even look at the book without feeling it all again. Stein and his unconventional narrator make the requisite suspension of disbelief effortless; I was swept away and I suspect you will be, too.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zo, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Stein...creates a patient, wise, and doggish narrator that is more than just fluff and collar....[S]hould appeal to fans of both dogs and car racing."
"Review" by , "Pointedly inspirational."
"Synopsis" by , A novel of a young woman who, despite knowing nothing about animals, signs herself up for dog training school at The Sanctuary, where she discovers that rescue can find even the most hopeless among us and that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds
"Synopsis" by ,
Sanctuary. Place of refuge. Training school. Command center for The Network. Home for strays and rescued dogs.

Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although sheand#8217;s supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. Thatand#8217;s what she signed up forand#8212;never mind that she lied and doesnand#8217;t know the first thing about animals except what sheand#8217;s learned from a breed guide, from the notes someone keeps leaving, and from videos online, like one that asks: Please can more people be nicer to dogs?

Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things sheand#8217;s learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns every time heand#8217;s adopted, and the rottweiler whoand#8217;s a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie came from a troubled past. She writes: and#8220;Rescue. Best. Verb. Ever.and#8221; As she creates her own training manual, she may even write an entry on herself.

A worthy shelf-mate to books by Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst, this is a brilliantly engaging novel about finding fellow animals who may bring you a deeper sense of home, healing, and the power of inventing a future.

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