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Dog Years: A Memoir
Dog Years A Memoir
Author: Mark Doty
Publisher Comments: — Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care. Beau joins Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family. As Beau bounds back into life...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061171000
ISBN-10: 006117100X
Publication Date: 3/1/2007
Pages: 208
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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i found this book to be beautiful, the way Doty writes is like poetry, it is a moving, touching story and one that every dog owner can (should) be able to relate to. losing a dog is like losing a friend, and it is a painful time however this book is not all about tears and sorrow, it is a celebration of his dog's lives, which is beautiful.
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This is a very moving story about a man's close relationship and appreciateion of his dogs. The writing is very beautiful, funny at times, and makes you think.
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From the acclaimed poet and memoirist Mark Doty, comes the story of his life with his two canine companions, Arden and Beau, in Dog Years.

When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog to keep his dying partner company, he brings home a large golden retriever named Beau to join the black retriever named Arden already at home. In the face of tragedy, these two dogs become close companions as they help to heal him at a profoundly dark period in his life. A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year, winner of the Israel Fishman-Stonewall Book Award for Nonfiction, and nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, Dog Years is a profound reflection on the lessons that animals can teach us about living, love, and loss.
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A good book about loss and what having dogs to care for adds to life. Mr. Doty has a dog that he is told is headed for death. He goes and adopts another dog,not to replace his dying dog, but for a companion to his dying friend. The author has much to say about his feelings of death and life. He writes of the positive energy and joy they add to our lives. Our love for them and their dependence upon us carries us through the hardships we must face in this life. There are three deaths experienced by Mr. Doty in this book, yet he is able to go on living when he thinks he cannot.