Overall, it's a fun read. If you keep your dog outside in a pen you will think all the essays are written by lunatics. If you don't have a dog or are cat crazy then you might Ok, so this book is pretty much just for dog lovers. If you don't have a dog or are cat crazy then you might just be sorta bored. Apr 09, Leigh rated it liked it. I enjoyed this overall - it suffers from the same problem that many anthologies do in that the quality of writing varies greatly from story to story. Some of the pieces are good because of the content, some because of the writing, and some A quick read I finished it in an afternoon.
If you don't love dogs, then this book isn't for you. And for the dog lovers, there are better books in this genre out there. All in all though, not bad. I certainly don't regret reading I enjoyed this overall - it suffers from the same problem that many anthologies do in that the quality of writing varies greatly from story to story. I certainly don't regret reading it at all. Sep 30, Andrea rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Dog lovers. Shelves: dogs. Loved it!
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Turns out, having a dog in the family creates universal experiences so special that they feel like a gift only you know about. I had to laugh at the nearly page-long description of that writer's list of nicknames for their dog. And I found it interesting that so many of the writers felt they had to admit it silly to have such love and admiration placed on their beloved dogs. I have never felt any embarrassment over my strong feelings towards my two furry loves and think we should rejoi Loved it! I have never felt any embarrassment over my strong feelings towards my two furry loves and think we should rejoice in the connection to be had with this species.
This anthology - 42 essays had as you would expect a variety of experiences. Some were very insightful, humorous, sad, and a pleasure to read.
I got the feeling, that animals, not being burdened with souls, are a blessing which we humans do not really deserve. You realize just how much, as usual, we take for granted. Co-Pilot is worth your taking time to read, even if you do not particularly care for animals. For the most part they are better company than many humans.
Think, you can choose you This anthology - 42 essays had as you would expect a variety of experiences. Think, you can choose your friends but not your relatives. Jun 19, Elizabeth rated it liked it. I thought the stories were uneven which is why I gave it 3 stars. Short essays by different writers by definition are uneven.
On the whole I would say that the pieces I liked, I loved. Some were tender without being maudlin and some funny with out being snide. I don't have a dog but nonetheless this was an enjoyable read and gave insight into life and the love, comfort and companionship dogs offer to their humans.
Feb 22, Greta rated it liked it. Dogs are more loved in the pages of this book than I thought possible, and I adore our three dogs, all the dogs that came before these three and those that will share our home in the future. My favorite story is by Bonnie Jo Campbell who experiences the reincarnation of a unfaithful old boyfriend in the presence of her mutt Roscoe.
I thought this anthology was pretty well put together, with its collections of short stories, essays, etc grouped into topics such as "Beginnings, Lessons, and Passages". This book is what it set out to be: a celebration of the "unique bond between humans and canines".
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It was not a super fast read for me because some of the stories are obviously better than others, but I did laugh, I did cry, and I did relate to much of what was shared in this book. Sep 16, Abby rated it really liked it Shelves: animals-mostly-dogs. A charming collection of literary essays about the relationships between dogs and their humans. I was especially taken with it because of its avoidance of the syrupy emotionality that often comes from animal stories.
These are beautiful stories, but stories that also insist on being taken seriously on their own merit.
Nov 14, Jamie is currently reading it. I'm loving most of the stories in the book. It's about dogs after all, my second favorite beings in the world next to Wolves! It contains a story each by two of my favorite writers: Pam Houston, and Caroliine Knapp, and a slew of other famous writers who write mainly humorous and heart tugging stories of our best friend, family member, and companion. Nov 09, Brigette rated it liked it.
If you love dogs, you'll enjoy this book. Some of the pieces are less than great, but the good ones are really good. Made me laugh out loud a couple of times, and that was worth the price of the book. Nov 03, Peppermintlisa rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , essays-non-fiction. I expected more out of this book, which was compiled by editors of BARK!
I only ended up reading half the essays because they all skewed "emotional reflections on owning a dog" instead of interesting anecdotal stories like one might find on NPR. Pretty sure I never need to write anything about dogs--it's all here. A collection of short essays on dogs. My favorite essays were in the Passages section. And the cover dog looks like my puppy with a tail.
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Jan 14, Cheryl rated it liked it. I love dogs, and so I loved this book. This is a neat collection of short essays written by the famous and not-so-famous, on the subject of their dogs. The short story format makes this extremely readable during busy seasons like the holidays. Jul 25, Gypsy Lady marked it as to-read. Dec 20, Leslie rated it liked it Recommends it for: anyone that calls themself a "dog-person".
A nice view of the world of those of us that call ourselves "dog-people. But overall, a quick and easy read that will make you smile. Oct 16, Nancy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: dog folks. I just loved this book. Heartfelt and well-written, each story was a miracle of love. My favorite story was about the seeing-eye dog. I laughed and cried through these tales.
Dog lovers, unite in reading about our beloved best buddies. Jun 03, Stephanie rated it really liked it. This is one of the better-written compendia of dog stories I've ever read Mar 18, Nicole rated it liked it. Good read! I laughed, I didn't cry but definitely had tears in my eyes, and I related to many of these dog owners. Not sappy stories, but real stories about the bond between people and their dogs. It was sitting on my shelf for years - I'm glad I finally picked it up and read it.
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The final section, Passages, reflects on the themes of true friendship, transformation, and loss.