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For Those Who Feel Their Love Life Has Gone to the Dogs…

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Life on the Leash (Gallery Books) is the perfect romantic comedy, complete with an eclectic group of hilarious characters, passionate career goals, and of course a contemporary love story equal parts sweet and saucy. The author, Victoria Schade, is a well-known dog trainer herself, and injects her upbeat approach to working with dogs into the pulse of the story. Cora Bellamy left her high-ranking corporate job behind to work where here heart truly belonged, training dogs. Communicating with these pets and meeting the needs of her clients is second nature to her. However, juggling the two new love interests in her life while prepping to go on television is a completely different story. As Cora breaks out of her shell to…

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Abigail DeWitt: How Trump Killed My Taste for Profanity

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The top critical Amazon review of my last novel, Dogs, laments that “there was unnecessary use of the ‘F’ word.” The novel is from the point of view of a pot-smoking, shoplifting teenager in the 1970s. What did the reader expect? I laughed and figured I was in good stylistic company: I’d once heard Junot Diaz criticized on NPR for his “language,” and the radio host wasn’t talking about the rhythm of his sentences. In fairness to my Amazon critic, it isn’t only when I’m inside the mind of a fictional character that I’m drawn to profanity. I’ve loved swearing since I was a little girl. My father, who taught me to love good writing, swore like the Navy veteran…

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Tall Poppies Review: Sonja Yoerg’s “House Broken” Tackles Tough Issues With Wit and Layers

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Veterinarian Geneva Novak relates better to animals than humans. Maybe not that surprising once we meet her dysfunctional family. When her mother is injured in an alcohol-fueled accident, Geneva’s husband convinces her that taking mom in, is the opportunity to repair their relationship. Toss in two teenagers with their own set of issues, a slew of family secrets and complicated sibling relationships and you have the ingredients for a perfect familial explosion. Sonja Yoerg tackles tough issues in this book with an unsentimental and unapologetic honesty. Her wicked wit and effortless writing lift this fractured family from the pages and into your heart. Told from the point-of-view of three characters and three generations, we’re drawn into the complexities of families…

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The Two Funniest, Quirkiest Humor Books Coming This Fall!

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In the midst of the latest crime novels, the new rom-com books, and the just-released dramas, it can be easy to miss the small, hardback, humor books at the bookstore. Because we don’t want you to miss out, here are two of the newest, funniest, quirkiest humor books coming this fall! If My Dogs Were A Pair of Middle-Aged Men,  The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman This is a satirical comic, depicting the classic and universal behaviors of man’s best friend, but re-imagined as if your dogs were a pair of middle-aged looking men. Shedding a whole new light on the behavior of dogs, this comic comes from author Matthew Inman, best known for creating The Oatmeal, a web comic and humor website,…

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Woof Woof: Books to Get you Excited Because It’s National Dog Day!

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Calling all dog lovers! Today is National Dog Day! So grab your four-legged friend(s), their favorite tennis ball and visit your local dog park. And while you’re sitting on the park bench watching your fur-baby frolic with their buddies, pick up one of these dog-themed books! (Slobber not included.)   Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel (Little, Brown & Company, 2012) For anyone who has ever brought their pooch in a pool or a lake, you know the sight of a dog swimming is priceless, whether they know how to do it or not. But what does it look like when they dive down to the depths to reach their favorite ball? That’s a sight not all of us get to witness.…

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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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Holiday HAUL-A-DAY 5: “Dogs/Pets”

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If you love dogs, own a dog, or even like animals, you will especially love these puppy friendly books filled with wet kisses and remarkable stories.   My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura T. Coffey, photographs by Lori Fusaro The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs by Tracy Libby

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Authors Reveal Their Canine Muses for National Dog Day

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Ernest Hemingway might have had his cats but here at BookTrib HQ we know the truth–dogs rule. In fact,we have two of them on our staff, acting as furry muses and occasionally distracting us with their cuteness.   That made us wonder about the canine friends of famous writers. As it turns out, we’re not alone in enjoying a dog’s company. E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little fame had a dachshund named Minnie, who the New York ASPCA mistakenly claimed was unlicensed. Ironically, Minnie was licensed — in Maine. When the association demanded her vital information White took the liberty to respond for her: “You asked about Minnie’s name, sex, breed, and phone number. She doesn’t answer the…

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Exploring American life and values through our love of dogs

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As Benoit Denizet-Lewis reports in his new book Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country (Simon & Schuster), America has the highest rate of dog companionship in the world. These animals—loyal and protective, eager and unconditionally loving—perhaps represent something fundamental about the American spirit. They are, as Denizet-Lewis writes, “relentless optimists,” just like we are. There is something to be learned then about American life and values—especially at a time when the country is polarized and it seems impossible for anyone to agree on anything—by examining our national love of dogs. What do our dogs say about us?” This is what Denizet-Lewis set out to explore when he hopped in an RV with his lab Casey for a…

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Animal psychic communicates with Rhoda Lerman’s pets, alive or dead

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By Rhoda Lerman No one is more skeptical than my husband about things mystical and inexplicable and unscientific. “Hocus pocus” is his word for these strange happenings. This is certainly true when it comes to calling animal psychic Mary Long on the phone and listening to her talking to my dogs. I breed Newfoundlands and I miss them when they die, worry about them when they hurt, or just want to reassure them when they worry about something—like having puppies or suffering through an illness. To my husband this is a ridiculous expense added to an already expensive kennel hobby. When I call Mary she visualizes one or the other of my pets, alive or dead, and tells me their…

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Danielle Steel never thought she’d fall in love with such a tiny dog

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In this moving memoir, Danielle Steel tells the story of how she met a dog the size of a mouse with a personality that could light up an entire room. From Minnie’s arrival at home in San Francisco to clothes-shopping jaunts in Paris, her adventures provide the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt look at the magic that dogs bring to our lives, and how they become part of the family, making indelible memories. We meet Steel’s childhood pug, James; and Elmer, the basset hound who was steadfastly at her side in her struggling days as a young writer; Sweet Pea—unveiled in a Tiffany box for a dog-loving husband—and all those lucky dogs who shared a household of nine children, other…

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Lessons from Ann Patchett for the new year

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 Perhaps a more accurate title for Ann Patchett’s latest book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (HarperCollins, November), would be This Is More Than the Story of a Happy Marriage. A collection of essays on writing, her dog, divorce, and yes, her now happy marriage, the book isn’t really a story at all. The author of six novels including Run, The Patron Saint of Liars, and Taft, and two other works of nonfiction, and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012, Patchett has much wisdom to impart, and in this collection she does so with her characteristic honesty, wit, and lyrical writing. Here are four ideas to jumpstart your new year. Buy…

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