Dreaming in Libro: How a Good Dog Tamed a Bad Womanby Louise Bernikow
In a city park, a woman meets an abandoned, amber-eyed boxer who follows her home. They spend a honeymoon year discovering each other’s idiosyncrasies (morning dog or evening dog?). Then life settles into routine, and the freewheeling woman realizes that she and her bilingual comedian of a dog are “happily stuck with each other,” for better or
In a city park, a woman meets an abandoned, amber-eyed boxer who follows her home. They spend a honeymoon year discovering each other’s idiosyncrasies (morning dog or evening dog?). Then life settles into routine, and the freewheeling woman realizes that she and her bilingual comedian of a dog are “happily stuck with each other,” for better or worse. In this witty, tender memoir, Louise Bernikow charts a love story across eight years, as she and Libro take Manhattan by storm. They revel in the perks of the media spotlight; spend a hilarious summer in the Hamptons; and volunteer for pet therapy after 9/11, where Libro gets treats and Louise gets kicked out for poor behavior. With wisecracking waggishness, this story about an urban dreamboat who rescues the woman who rescued him “will touch the heart” (BOOKLIST).
In this sequel to the San Francisco Chroniclebest seller Bark If You Love Me(2000), which was received so positively by city-dwelling dog lovers, street-smart, professional Bernikow adopts a stray boxer she finds in Manhattan's Central Park. The unlikely pair seem made for each other, though Bernikow admits that Libro has probably had a better influence on her than vice versa (hence the book's subtitle). Readers will enjoy the continued antics of Libro as media hound (following the publication of Bernikow's first book), as the center of attention during the pair's frequent walks in the upscale Riverside Drive area, and as a source of therapy after Bernikow's cancer diagnosis. They will be touched by her account of how she coped with Libro's final years and prepared for his death. Loosely written and somewhat rambling, this is not as compelling a read as John Grogan's Marley & Me, but it should appeal to a similar readership-the millions who love dogs and share their homes with them. Not a necessary purchase; acquire where local interest demands.
Edell M. Schaefer
- Da Capo Press
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Meet the Author
Louise Bernikow has written eight books, including Bark if You Love Me (about her first year with Libro). Consulting historian for Women’s eNews and prolific magazine writer, she lives in Manhattan.
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