Dog Walks Man: A Six-Legged Odyssey

Dog Walks Man: A Six-Legged Odyssey

by John Zeaman
     
 

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Zeaman takes us on a journey from a 'round-the-block fraternity of "dog-walking dupes"—suburban fathers who indulged their children's wish for a dog—to a strange and forbidden wonderland at the edge of town, the New Jersey Meadowlands. Along the way, he rediscovers childhood's forgotten "fringe places," investigates the mysteries of the natural world,

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Zeaman takes us on a journey from a 'round-the-block fraternity of "dog-walking dupes"—suburban fathers who indulged their children's wish for a dog—to a strange and forbidden wonderland at the edge of town, the New Jersey Meadowlands. Along the way, he rediscovers childhood's forgotten "fringe places," investigates the mysteries of the natural world, and experiences moments of inexplicable joy.

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An experience shared by millions each day, dog walking establishes a bond between people and their pets, and, at its best, allows for a daily period of contemplation and quiet; at its worst, it's an exercise in tedious repetition. Zeaman, an award-winning art critic and children's book author (Before They Were Pets), presents a set of thoughtful, well-written essays about his experience walking Pete, a poodle who draws the family closer together, and helps Zeaman rediscover his childhood sense of wonder, better appreciate nature, and fully explore the wilderness outside his suburban New Jersey front yard. These essays are alternatively humorous and poignant; from analyzing the Meadowlands after a tropical storm ("Pete sloshes through every puddle. Tiny minnows dart and flicker in the shallow water. How'd they get in there? It's like seeing the origins of life.") to struggling to explain a marital separation, Zeaman's relationship with Pete will be instantly familiar to dog lovers everywhere. The author speaks from a place of great affection for dogs, nature, doggie dads (that "brotherhood of dupes"), and New Jersey.
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“Memoir readers—not just New Jerseyans or nature lovers/dog people—will find this book’s gentle humor and wisdom, its exploration of the strange and ordinary, thoroughly absorbing. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal “Journalist John Zeaman creates a masterpiece of contemplation in Dog Walks Man. . . . His droll observations on dog-walking combine insight, solace and meditation, taking readers into the heart of a routine task, dusting the ordinary with the divine.” —Bookpage “‘Suburban vagabonds’ Pete and John explore the wild fringes of their neighborhood. . . . Each walk is an adventure, each return home has the level of emotion ‘of Odysseus catching sight of Ithaca on the horizon.’” —Los Angeles Times “Dog Walks Man by John Zeaman is a contemplative and humorous exploration of one of the simplest pleasures: walking with a dog. . . . The author’s musings on life’s wildness are a pleasure and joy.” —Bark magazine, Editor’s Lit Picks “John Zeaman looks at an activity that can fill hundreds of hours over the period of year, but has never had its own bard—namely, walking a dog. . . . Well worth reading.” —Stanley Coren, author of The Modern Dog “Anyone who has ever owned a dog will treasure this wonderful book.” —Alan Caruba, Editor, Bookviews.com "A delightful amble of a book..." —Cesar's Way Magazine, "The Year's Best Reads" "Tag along on the walk. Zeaman is excellent company. And his dog is nice, too." —Cesar's Way Magazine
Library Journal
Zeaman, freelance art critic and creator of the children's book series "Before They Were Pets," provides a welcome diversion from the glut of canine corrective-behavior manuals. No dog whispering, proffering of rules and advice, or guilt trips. He lets his pet poodle, Pete, be Pete—uncrated, unleashed, and (sometimes!) un-picked up after. Zeaman organizes the book around the life span of his companion; beyond that, its chapter structure, playful tone, and unadorned style suggest a daily, casual jaunt accompanied by a "person in a dog suit," as he writes. The author gets serious thinking done while he's out, but his musings never get in the way of his irrepressible curiosity. The primary locale is New Jersey's Meadowlands, a fringe area that becomes paradise to man and dog as Zeaman reconnects with nature and, eventually, himself. With Pete's aid, this professional looker learns that even in the muck and scum of industrial wastelands there is always something worth observing. VERDICT Memoir readers—not just New Jerseyans or nature lovers/dog people—will find this book's gentle humor and wisdom, its exploration of the strange and ordinary, thoroughly absorbing. Highly recommended.—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762766970
Publisher:
Globe Pequot Press
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
791,850
File size:
0 MB

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Meet the Author

John Zeaman writes an arts column for Design NJ. He was also the art critic and design writer at The Record (Hackensack, NJ) for more than 20 years, and continues to freelance for the paper. He has won numerous awards, including three (2001, 2004, 2005) from the Manhattan-based Society of the Silurians, the nation’s oldest press club. He is also the author of a series of children’s books called “Before They Were Pets” (Franklin Watts/Scholastic, 1998). Zeaman's young adult book, “Overpopulation” (Franklin Watts, 2002) was selected for the New York Public Library’s list, “Books for the Teen Age.”

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