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Praise for The $60,000 Dog

"Slater continually surprises wtih connections she makes. Beautifully written, and not just for animal lovers." —Kirkus Reviews

"A thoughtful examination of a sometimes difficult life, ameliorated and often alleviated by connections with nature and animals. . . .Dogs, wasps, and bats also figure in a poetic narrative that gives the reader a melodic look into a deeply considered life."—Booklist

“Assumption-busting, gut--wrenching, life-affirming.”—Pam Houston, MORE magazine

"Edgy, revelatory, disturbing, and beautifully written, Lauren Slater’s The $60,000 Dog is too unsentimental and idiosyncratic in structure to be lumped in with more traditional animal books."—Boston Globe

“A thoughtful memoir unravels the depth of our animal attachments.”—Elle 

"It's the fearlessness along with the beauty that makes The $60,000 Dog a work of lasting achievement."—Minneapolis Star Tribune 

Praise for Lauren Slater

“The beauty of Lauren Slater’s prose is shocking. . . . Slater’s vision is, ultimately, one of unity and possibility.”— Claire Messud, Newsday
“A lovely writer, easily read, often poetic.”— Michael Winerip, The New York Times Book Review
“An enormously poetic and ebullient writer.”— Elle
Slater’s writing is confessional without being sentimental, honest without being overbearing.”— Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe
 “Slater is more poet than narrator, more philosopher than psychologist, more artist than doctor. . . . Every page brims with beautifully rendered images of thoughts, feelings, emotional states.”—The San Francisco Chronicle

Kirkus Reviews
Slater (Blue Beyond Blue: Extraordinary Tales for Ordinary Dilemmas, 2005, etc.) shares her thoughts and feelings about animals in a revealing, often surprising memoir. At age 9, when fleeing from her angry and troubled mother, the author found a hidden forest where she coaxed foxes to come to her with treats and where she found a tiny egg and brought it home, hoping a beautiful bird would emerge. The failure of the egg to hatch was the first of a series of encounters, love affairs and mishaps: with the horses at the riding camp in Maine; with the raccoon that entered her bedroom and became her pet in her foster home; with the damaged baby swan she tended as a vet's tech right after college. However, it is her dogs, Lila and Musashi, that take center stage and introduce issues at the book's heart: Why do humans keep pets, and what is the role of animals in our lives? Slater's love for Lila, old and blind, her devotion to the dog's welfare, the burden of her care, the veterinarian's bills, the cost of medications--all are grounds for longstanding arguments with her husband, whose view of animals is strictly practical. She asks herself which she loves more, her children or her dogs, and she explores the idea that dogs were crucial to human evolution. Cro-Magnons, who welcomed wolves into their circle, thrived, while Neanderthals, who did not, became extinct. In the final chapters, she highlights her encounters with wasps and bats, species harder to bond with, but Slater continually surprises with connections she makes. Beautifully written, and not just for animal lovers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807001875
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    I love dogs

    Doggs r awesome

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    Posted January 30, 2013

    Im the first one to review!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:}


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