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- November 01, 2010
- Vol. 74
- No. 16
Picks and Pans: Books
Close-Up on Country
You Had Me at Woof
by Julie Klam |
REVIEWED BY JUDITH NEWMAN
Books on happiness can make you feel grouchy. You can be a better you! I hold the secret! Blah blah blah. This is not that book. This book is about a slightly wacky person who, instead of looking inward for answers, decided to help others-specifically, Boston terriers. She began, in her single life, with a bulgy-eyed fellow named Otto and became immersed, as a married mom, in a Boston-terrier rescue organization. Klam is a terrible dog trainer and a wonderful soul. Without being preachy, each chapter is a lesson in what dogs teach us-about ourselves, but also about community, patience, friendship and, yes, love. Klam explains, endearingly, that even when we have the guy and the kids, canine companionship offers something unique: "Sometimes you just need to hug and kiss a member of the dog species. Even when humans are available."
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
by Douglas Kennedy
An epic old-fashioned love story set amid the fear-mongering of the McCarthyera '50s.
MAN IN THE WOODS
by Scott Spencer
A rural carpenter's single violent act threatens to destroy the life he's built with his writer girlfriend.
HOW TO READ THE AIR
by Dinaw Mengestu
Ethiopian immigrants struggle to assimilate in Mengestu's moving latest.
For her new book My Country, award-winning photographer Melanie Dunea snapped and interviewed 50 of Nashville's brightest stars.
Martina McBride at Radio City Music Hall, N.Y.C.
Kenny Chesney at his home on St. John, Virgin Islands.
GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE, NASHVILLE
"Being a country music singer has been in my mind ever since I was a little girl singing in my mom's car."
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