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City Dog

City Dog

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by Alison Pace

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New from Alison Pace, the author of Pug Hill.

After her divorce, Amy Dodge thought she?d finally write the next Great American Novel. Instead she?s written a bestselling children?s book series, Run, Carlie, Run! starring her adorable and spirited West Highland White terrier and a dashing (but fictional) Scottish explorer. When Carlie is offered a


New from Alison Pace, the author of Pug Hill.

After her divorce, Amy Dodge thought she?d finally write the next Great American Novel. Instead she?s written a bestselling children?s book series, Run, Carlie, Run! starring her adorable and spirited West Highland White terrier and a dashing (but fictional) Scottish explorer. When Carlie is offered a starring role in her own television show, and the explorer begins to take on a life of his own, Amy?s world takes a surreal turn.

But just when Amy starts thinking it?s a dog?s life after all, she figures out a way to make everything change. And though life in New York isn?t always a walk in the park, it might just take her exactly where she needs to be.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Pace is the author of the novels If Andy Warhol Had A Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick And Thin, and City Dog. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies including Howl: A Collection Of The Best Contemporary Dog Wit. She lives in New York City where she is at work on another book.

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City Dog 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CITY DOG tells the story of Amy, a recently divorced woman who¿s on the way to writing the Great American Novel. In the meantime, though, she¿s the author of the bestselling children¿s books, RUN, CARLIE, RUN!, based on the imagined adventures of her dog, Carlie. When Carlie gets offered a starring role in a cable show, Amy begins to question the direction her life is going, and what she truly wants out of life.

You don¿t have to be a dog lover to fall in love with CITY DOG. Told by alternating narrators, I found the story so relatable¿who hasn¿t questioned the path their life is on? Alison¿s writing truly shines in this charming tale of a woman finding her way. CITY DOG is funny, wistful, and touching.

I would highly recommend CITY DOG.
EnglishGirlNYC More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was funny and Smart.
Ms Pace has developed a great way of making the dogs in her books into loyal and fun characters that really jump off the page. I think we can all see something of our own pets in little Carlie. She is a star indeed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book! City Dog combines a compelling story, endearing characters and a creative writing style that makes it a unique, fun, and fast paced read. There are 3 narrators in the book, one of whom is the City Dog herself! In a stroke of brilliance, Pace enters into the mind of the pup and brings her to life with such enthusiasm and humor you just have to keep reading. The book tackles some difficult topics as the main character seeks purpose in her life, but it's done in a way that inspires rather than depresses. I've read and loved all of Pace's novels, but this one takes her to a new level. If you're looking for a great weekend read, definitely buy this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another charming story by Alison Pace, and a highly enjoyable, readable book. If you've ever left the love of your life, or imagined that you have, your pain is accurately, acutely, captured by Amy. You will see yourself in this book! Ms. Pace describes perfectly how lonely NYC can be, even when you have friends, if you're from somewhere else. Her descriptions of Colorado are especially accurate--she even gets the 312 days of sunshine and the good hair days! I especially like the narration by Carlie, which seems just like many dogs I know, a fluffy white one in particular though I may be biased by the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book because I am a HUGE animal lover and really wanted to see what an author would do with a a dog's point of view. I think Alison makes a good attempt at blending the different point of views but it meandered a lot, which made it really hard to read. She also had a lot of "interruptions" in the character's train of thought, which made it hard for me to follow the various trains of thought of each character. I did like the ending but it was hard for me to pinpoint the character arc that got her there, probably because I couldn't follow the main character's trains of thought throughout the book.
zard92 More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn¿t love a novel that is centered on a cute and funny White Terrier? My neighbors have two and they have such wonderful personalities but, back to Alison¿s wonderful novel, ¿City Dog.¿ This novel is very unique in that Alison uses various view points to relay her messages throughout the novel. Even Carlie (the main character, Amy¿s Terrier) has her turn at telling the story. These individual and unique viewpoints pulled me through Amy and Carlie¿s experiences as I was interested in what each individual character thought about the events in the novel.

Our main character Amy, works through many real-life situations as she struggles with independence and finding herself and her direction in life. Amy is a very relatable character in which a young woman would easily share the very same interpersonal struggles. It takes Amy quite a while with many different experiences to gain self esteem and realize that she is a strong independent woman. At the conclusion of the novel, Amy is a confident young woman who has finally found her life direction and acts on her self-discoveries.

I truly enjoyed experiencing and working through Amy and Carlie¿s situations, but was especially happy that Amy had found inner peace at the end of this novel.

As a side note for Alison - I hope the ¿Carlie¿ children¿s books are in the works because I know for a fact my kids would love to read the adventures of Carlie and Robert Maguire!
booklover34 More than 1 year ago
As a dog lover, I was unable to resist a novel that is narrated (in part) by a dog and CITY DOG did not disappoint! I loved how easily Alison Pace got into the the head of Carlie and found the dog insights witty and charming. Amy Dodge, Carlie's hapless owner, was so easy to relate to and quite lovable and I was pleasantly surprised by the novel's ending. A very good read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a big fan of Alison Pace's writing ever since If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, which is one of my all-time favorite books. Of all her books, City Dog reminds me the most of that. City Dog is a warm-hearted, fun and funny story with moments of genuine hilarity and also some very thoughtful parts, too. This story of a writer (and her dog) coming to terms with career, love, and life in the big city was an absolute pleasure to read. The book was narrated in alternating chapters by the writer, Amy, her dog, Carlie, and one of her fictional characters. I thought the Carlie chapters were amazing, hands down my favorite, and the chapters narrated by the fictional character were original and intriguing. Bonus points too for the 80s music references which happily brought me back. Loved this book and highly recommend.
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IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
Ok, I'll admit it. My initial attraction to this book was its cover. (Seriously, how cute is that dog??) I had seen this book several times while browsing at the book store and just decided to go ahead and buy it. The story is mainly told by Amy, however Carlie and Robert Maguire appear as needed to share their insights about Amy's life. As much as I enjoyed reading Carlie's perspective, I didn't feel connected to Amy. I felt something was lacking about her character. I did, however, admire her devotion and concern for Carlie. Overall, I thought it was an okay read. I just expected more from this book. I thought it would be a cute, fun read about a girl living in NYC wanting to make it big, but instead has to live vicariously through her dog. Having the book told by the three different voices was tolerable, however I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it were only Amy and Carlie. Robert Maguire's voice ruined the flow of the story for me. I did like the ending and thought Amy would see her dreams come true in time. Although this book did not keep my interest, I still think other readers will enjoy it.
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jdmxrain More than 1 year ago
I got halfway through before I couldn't continue reading. Which sucks because I bought this book off bn.com and it seemed cool. I just couldn't connect with the main character Amy and halfway through I just got bored.

Also the narration alternates between Amy, her dog Carlie, and one of Amy's book characters. Its weird. I just couldn't take it. I'm not the type of person that stays when a movie or a book is boring. So I gave it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy Dodge owner of a West Highland White Terrier named Carlie and author of the bestselling children¿s book series, Run, Carlie, Run! has a dilemma. She has a major case of writers block. All she can think about is how different life is from what her plans were when she optimistically moved to New York from Colorado over 10 years ago. She¿s divorced, she still hasn¿t started writing the next Great American Novel and every guy she dates she compares unrealistically to the dashing (but fictional) Scottish explorer staring in her Carlie books. Now Carlie is offered a starring role in her own television show and Amy¿s world takes a surreal turn. Soon Amy finds herself getting cropped out of Carlie¿s many photo opportunities and she can¿t get the image of her Scottish explorer out of her head. Plus the city she once loved begins to lose its appeal. Amy must figure out what needs to happen in order to change her life and take her and Carlie exactly where they need to be. I completely judged this book by its super cute cover and was a little let down with the results. The story just didn¿t catch my interest and I almost didn¿t finish the book. The story is told in three voices Amy, Carlie and Robert Maguire (the fictional Scottish explorer). In my opinion it would have been better off with just Amy¿s and possibly Carlie¿s but with Robert¿s thrown in it just didn¿t work for me and I can¿t exactly pinpoint why. I did however like the way the book ended and consider it the only thing that saved the book from being too bad.