"From the Hardcover edition."
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2013|
|Number of Pages:||237|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.4|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.0 x 0.5|
Jonathan Katz initially worked as a reporter and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, and later as executive producer of the CBS Morning News. Jon Katz is now a media critic, a journalist, and the author of several books covering a vast repertoire of topics. Katz has written several novels as well as non-fiction works which cover topics ranging from geek culture to his relationship with dogs. His titles include The Story of Rose, Dancing Dogs, A Good Dog, and Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm.
In this first collection of short stories from best-selling author Katz (The Dogs of Bedlam Farm), a barn cat bonds with a farmyard rooster, a socially awkward seventh grader on a class field trip falls in love with an injured puppy, and a woman struggles to bring her deceased golden retriever to the vet via city streets and subway. Clearly, as our pets accompany us through the most difficult of human trials-coming-of-age, divorce, death-they support us while sometimes complicating matters.
This is not a lighthearted romp with mischievous puppies-most of the selections here concern heart-wrenching loss and dilemma, with loneliness and isolation the common themes. The stories are hard to read but honestly done, and the most effective selections approach the world from the animal's perspective (e.g., "Lucky's Day"; "Barn Cat").
Verdict: For fans of animal stories who have recovered enough from John Grogan's Marley and Me to have another good cry (or several).-Jenn B. Stidham, Houston Community Coll.
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No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz. He has warmed our spirits with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie—the dogs, sheep, chickens, and other residents of Bedlam Farm. Now, Katz is back with what he does best in his first collection of short stories, Dancing Dogs.
With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Katz shares sixteen stories about one of life’s most unique relationships: In the title story, a housekeeper loses her job, but discovers her four-legged “children” have some toe-tapping talents that just may get the whole family back on its feet. In “Puppy Commando,” a shy grade-school outcast forges an instant connection with a beagle puppy she meets at a shelter—and risks everything to keep him. “Gracie’s Last Walk” features a woman who must find a way to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever—but ends up saying hello to someone unexpected. “The Dog Who Kept Men Away” shows that not all humans pass the “sniff” test when it comes to canines, who possess an excellent judge of character. And in “Guardian Angel,” a widower going through a painful transition finds the greatest comfort in the unlikeliest of sources—a funny-looking pug named Gus.
Whether sitting, staying, and rolling over, in the barnyard, shelters, or home, sweet, home, the creatures in Dancing Dogs are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable.
Praise for Dancing Dogs
“Funny, keenly observed short stories illuminating the bond between man and his best friend.”— People
“Jon Katz writes with passion and humor about the connections between animals and humans... Animal lovers are sure to want to add this book to their collection.”—Examiner. com
“Katz’s stories, sometimes warm and sometimes funny, are smooth, light reads that are easy to pick up and enjoy and will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.”— Booklist
“Insightful, moving... a tissue-box-worthy collection of animal tales.”— Kirkus Reviews
“[A] heartwarming book.”—The Dallas Morning News
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