Synopses & Reviews
Following in the paw prints of The French Cat and The French Dog, The New York Dog showcases Rachael Hale McKennaand#8217;s signature photographic style in the Big Apple. Capturing both the atmosphere of the city and the personalities of its canine residents, Hale explores the life of the New York dog from many angles, showing dogs taking walks, riding in taxis, lounging in extravagant apartments, shopping in boutiques, visiting spas, dining in restaurants, and much more. From purebreds on the Upper East Side to loveable mutts in Queens, The New York Dog celebrates the wide variety of dogs that live throughout all five boroughs of this great city.
"For years whip-smart dogs Lassie and Rin Tin Tinhave trotted across our cultural landscape outwitting villains and lapping up adoration for saving the day. This winning collection of stories, essays, poems, and cartoons gathered from the pages of the New Yorker celebrates the endearing traits of our canine companions alongside some of their more distasteful habits. In sections devoted to good dogs, bad dogs, top dogs, and underdogs, writers ranging from James Thurber, John Updike, Anne Sexton, Marjorie Garber, Jonathan Lethem, and Joan Acocella fondly recall favorite pets, discuss the benefits of obedience training, and speculate on the rational capacity of dogs. Burkhard Bilger's essay 'Beware of the Dog' follows the NYPD's K-9 unit through a typical day to celebrate the remarkable abilities of its dogs. Garber, in 'Dog Days,' ponders whether 'to leash or not to leash,' while novelist Cathleen Schine mulls over what happens when bad dogs happen to good people in 'Dog Trouble.' Calvin Tomkins humorously sums up the ways that humans impart their own characteristics to their dogs in 'The American Dog in Crisis': 'These days, when a dog jumps up on the couch, the chances are he isn't looking for affection at all. He is trying to tell us that he needs help.' Illus. Agent: Eric Simonoff, WME." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Bestselling author Rachael Hale McKenna is one of the worldand#8217;s most popular photographers. Her books, including The French Cat, The French Dog, 101 Salivations: For the Love of Dogs, 101 Cataclysms: For the Love of Cats, and Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats, have sold more than 2.8 million copies in 20 languages. Born and raised in New Zealand, Rachael now lives in France with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter, Charlize.