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Dog [NOOK Book]

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Both humorous and heartwarming, Dog is the story of Jill Rosen - a single, childless professor who has given up on finding love - and Phil, the wise, young dog she adopts, almost by accident. Although Jill finds her routines disrupted and her wistfulness about past loves stirred, she forges a connection with the dog that takes her by surprise in her solitary middle age.
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Overview

Both humorous and heartwarming, Dog is the story of Jill Rosen - a single, childless professor who has given up on finding love - and Phil, the wise, young dog she adopts, almost by accident. Although Jill finds her routines disrupted and her wistfulness about past loves stirred, she forges a connection with the dog that takes her by surprise in her solitary middle age.
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Editorial Reviews

Bruce Weber
Herman, whose previous books include a novel, Missing, and a memoir about being a mother, The Middle of Everything, writes with great good humor about a puppy invasion on a lonely life.
— The New York Times
Library Journal
What if a person does good by accident? asks narrator Jill. Herman's (A New and Glorious Life) poet and college professor heroine leads a solitary life in a nondescript Midwestern city. Never mind a lover, she is so wary and distrustful of others that she doesn't pursue even casual friendships with her colleagues. When, on a whim, Jill adopts a beagle puppy whom she names Phil, her personal transformation begins. Jill and Phil take midnight walks when the streets are deserted. Slowly, as Jill grows accustomed to Phil, she confers significance onto the smallest details: the tilt of his head, the look in his eyes, the pitch of his barks, the tug on his leash. Jill realizes a sense of well-being, and ultimately the book is about the lessons Phil teaches Jill about unconditional love, acceptance, loyalty, trust, and companionship. This is a charming, feel-good short novel that borders on being a parable. At a very reasonable price, it is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Lisa Nussbaum, Dauphin Cty. Lib. Syst., Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A brief, winsome novella about an English professor at a midwestern college who gets a dog instead of a life. At almost forty-five, poet and academic Jill Rosen, after six years at her college tenured on the basis of "Great Promise," is not turning out very promising in a hurry. Originally from Queens, Jill has found a dog on a foster-care site on the Internet and ends up with a mutt that surprisingly is both intelligent and devoted to her-a dog, like her, "with dignity." Revealingly, she names it Phil, after the first names of authors whose books she keeps on her bedside table (Larkin, Roth, Lopate, Levine), though the name actually represents most memorably her first unpleasant boyfriend, Philip the first, a poet and Brooklyn College student she dated miserably for a year in New York. Yet neither Philip nor any of the other men she's dated has been good, Rosen offers with a tinge of self-pity ("Single-minded in their dedication to all-himness"), and though she drinks a bit too much wine at night before walking Phil and feels as warmly toward her students as if they were her own children, she comforts herself with the thought that she wouldn't be tempted to change lives with a single one of her friends or colleagues. In the end, this latest from academic Herman (Missing, 1990) adheres to a telling instead of showing: it's frustratingly interior, hermetically so, and feels interminable even though quite slim. The narrator's ruminations on colleagues and even her brother-a professor of linguistics who has a family and lived "in a more interesting city and earned more money than Jill did"-come off as mean-spirited and gossipy. The reader wishes in this rare instance that the lonely spinsterprofessor would meet someone-any human would do-but, no, the dog has taken over her life, and she's entirely happy about it. A dry, internal work about the underappreciated and underloved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596929777
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 288,511
  • File size: 216 KB

Meet the Author

About the Author: Michelle Herman is the author of the novel 'Missing', the collection of novellas 'A New and Glorious Life', and a memoir, 'The Middle of Everything'. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship, and a major teaching award from Ohio State University, where she has taught since 1988. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, still life painter Glen Holland, their daughter Grace, and too many pets to mention.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Turely Enjoyed

    It is a quick read with lots of depth and emotion. It is a great book that I think many people can relate to. It strives help you understand why some people make the choice they do when thay have pets in their lives to consider.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Cool

    I love dogs. If you are a dog lover, Get this DOG

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Good Dog!

    If you're a middle-aged woman living alone, get this Dog. If you're a human who loves animals, get this Dog. If you're a middle-aged man who is lonely, get this Dog. If you ever wondered about that spinster poet living down the street, get this Dog. If you've ever had an affair with the author of this book and your name is Phil, get this Dog. If you've ever wanted a dog, get this Dog. If you've ever wondered how you got to be the way you are, get this Dog. If you love good books, get this Dog. Short & neat, it will tug at your heart. And sleeve. And soul.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    5 stars

    I love dogs

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Cody simpson

    This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Dogstar

    Dog-Clan warriors den

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Awesome!

    I love dogs!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Dog

    That is adorable

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Dye kitty dye

    Every dogs a good. Every cats a bad cat.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Goody toushous

    Its asum peeps

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    DI DOG

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    dogs

    Its a good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Stop!!!!!!!!

    Evryone stop getting atracted becase thr dam dog wants you to be a dick and dont kiss the dog cause it licks other dogs dicks that all i could say sooooooooooo stop.
    I

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    No

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Its not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    I haven't read it yet but...........

    is it good... i want to know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Looking cute...

    The dog cover is amazing!!!!! Oh an cute!!!! Happy New Year!!! Can someone talk to me?! I am getting board, No affence!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    IN REPLY TO SUCKS

    This is by far the best frikkin book there ever was and you can just deal with that.......douche bag

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Hi Dogstar!

    Could I talk to you?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Sucks

    Dick

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    For the person

    For the person how adked about animal jam i am well not a member yrt are you and iyou R then whar anima(s) fo you have buddy me i am a wolf and eneir a buny ir a seal kk see you therep

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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