Pug Hill

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For Holly Golightly, there was always Tiffany's. For me, there's always Pug Hill. For as long as I've lived in New York, whenever I've just wanted to think, or relax, or be happy, or even sad, my destination of choice has been, without fail, Pug Hill.For Hope McNeill, pugs are love, unconditional friendship, happiness, and freedom-all qualities currently in short supply in her own life. She's also short on time and apartment space, and for those reasons she doesn't have a pug of her own. But she does have Pug ...
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For Holly Golightly, there was always Tiffany's. For me, there's always Pug Hill. For as long as I've lived in New York, whenever I've just wanted to think, or relax, or be happy, or even sad, my destination of choice has been, without fail, Pug Hill.For Hope McNeill, pugs are love, unconditional friendship, happiness, and freedom-all qualities currently in short supply in her own life. She's also short on time and apartment space, and for those reasons she doesn't have a pug of her own. But she does have Pug Hill in Central Park, where pugs (and their owners) from all over New York City convene.She also has a serious crush on one of her co-workers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a flailing relationship with her squash-playing, cold-weather-loving boyfriend, and an unspeakable fear of public speaking. When Hope's father calls with a daunting assignment-to make a speech at her parent's fortieth wedding anniversary party-Hope is completely taken off guard. As a last resort, she signs up for a public speaking class, but can't help wondering, will it be enough? Some fears are so big that even all the pugs in the world might not be enough...
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Art restorer Hope McNeill doesn't have a dog, but she spends her free time at Central Park's "Pug Hill," where the playful dogs give her all the unconditional love and freedom she feels is otherwise lacking in her life. Shy and reserved, Hope signs up for a public speaking class after her parents ask her to make a speech at their anniversary party. Compared to her odd assortment of classmates, including a failed gay poet and an angry novelist, Hope begins to feel much better about her life-really, what's so bad about a lackluster relationship, a tiny apartment, and a job in which she never sees the sun? Gaining some courage from the class helps her make some new choices in her life. Pace's (If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend) second novel has some smart and witty moments. Recommended for larger fiction collections or where chick lit is popular.-Rebecca Vnuk, River Forest P.L., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Unlucky-in-love Manhattan art conservationist faces her biggest fear when called upon to deliver a speech at a family event. Despite having one of the coolest jobs in the universe-restoring paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art-Hope McNeill has a low-grade case of the blues. Woefully mismatched with her conservative hedge-fund-manager boyfriend Evan, and distracted by a debilitating crush on an attractively aloof (and spoken for) colleague, she feels, at 31, like a passive observer in her own life. Her greatest source of comfort, other than repeatedly watching her favorite Zoloft commercial on TV, is escaping to Central Park's Pug Hill. A bucolic gathering spot for owners of the breed, Pug Hill stands for all things good and positive to Hope, and the fact that she goes there without a dog of her own helps push the point that she is due for a change. And change she gets when her parents ask her to give a speech at their 40th anniversary party on Long Island. Paralyzed by even the thought of public speaking, but not wanting to let her family down, she says yes. As if that pressure was not enough, Hope's older, prettier, spoiled sister Darcy will also be there with her beau, C.P. (Crested Possum), an affected young man with Native-American pretensions who is trying to convince Darcy to move to a commune. To prepare herself, Hope enrolls in a public-speaking class at The New School. There she bonds with her eccentric classmates, as well as the requisite hot guy, and comes to terms with some of the neuroses and bad habits that have kept her yearning for far too long. Along the way, she learns to forgive her family and herself and finds her confidence. Pace (If Andy Warhol Had aGirlfriend, 2005) has invented an emotionally complex and winning heroine, even if the long, loving descriptions of pugs might try the reader's patience. A remarkably sweet and affecting tale of inner growth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425209714
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 474,058
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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 been included 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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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Love my Pug

    I'm a pug owner and I adore the fact that Alison Pace wrote a book about them. This book was sweet and dramatic and thrilling all at the same time. Pace did a good job of keeping me in suspense from page one to page 312.

    Loved it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

    Beach reading

    The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. I am a pug owner and a book called "Pug Hill" looked like the perfect light read that I was looking for. I enjoyed this book, but wouldn't go so far as to say that it was excellent, but it makes a very good summer or light read. The character is someone that I (an introvert) can somewhat identify with. In summary: If you want a really engrossing read, than I wouldn't read this book, but if you are looking for a cute, quirky, light read...this is the book for you.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2008

    Very nice

    I just finished Pug HIll and I enjoyed it very much. It's a quick weekend read and the writing style is quirky quiet and introspective. Though it is definitely not a book all about pugs, the love of pugs is on display and it is a charming and touching story that goes into nice detail about the way dogs of all kinds touch our lives.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    i loved it

    i loved this book, it is funny, interesting and just awesome. You'll enjoy reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2007

    At last...

    I moved from England 9 years ago and am a avid reader of just about anything. My guilty pleasure being womens fiction. There are many exceptional 'Chick Lit Writers' in England. I had hoped to find the same in the US. During my last 9 years I have read many American womens fiction books and their poor excuse for what is described as a 'Fun, witty and enjoyable book' Until Ms Pace, I have been extremely disappointed. Pug Hill made me laugh out loud and who doesn't love the memories of 'Mixed tapes'? I am not a fan of pugs, however this book is so well written even I found a special place for little Kermitt and friends. As for 'A girls' previous comments about the use of commas, I was quite amused by this. With my 2 english degrees and being English grammatically and in every other way,through and through, I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about! This is a great read and I can't wait for the next book by this talented author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Interesting

    This is a book for people who LOVE pugs, like me because I've heard, "this is the ugly dog in the world". If u r one of thos people l, then don't get this book! I don't even know why u would even be looking at this book if u hate pugs! I still love this book, so I suggest getting this book if u like pugs, GOT THAT? :-D jk still get this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    Delightful!

    Wonderful, witty and poignant. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    Pug Hill

    I'm sure you noticed, most people do, that when reading this book, such a nice book it could have been, every sentence, every single one, is punctuated, punctuated not in the way a book usually is, but differently, with a dozen or more commas, yes, so many commas, so many more than it needs. When reading Pug Hill, attempting to read Pug Hill, I was stuck, as much as it pains me to admit, stuck so many times, stuck on the commas, and not just the commas, no, not just them, but also on the way the author tended, as authors sometimes do, to not to stay on topic. Read the book, I tell you, because this is, I am not kidding, exactly the style, and a weird style it is, that the dreadful, dreadful oh yes it was, Pug Hill is written in.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    In Alison Pace¿s charming second novel PUG HILL, Metropolitan Museum of Art conservationist Hope McNeill is an endearingly neurotic basket case. She has a squash- playing boyfriend who she¿s not happy with, a coworker she¿s in 'unrequited' love with, and a fear of public speaking, which suddenly becomes an issue when her parents call and ask her to give a speech for their 40th anniversary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hope is like no other character in women¿s fiction. She loves the Zoloft commercial on TV and find comfort in its animated bouncing egg. Her narration is a constant stream of dead- on observations about dating and human nature that will make every reader smile broadly and nod in agreement at least once every few pages. And her main source of solace in Manhattan is Pug Hill, a grassy hill on Central Park¿s east side around 74th Street, where pugs from all over the city convene. No, Hope doesn¿t have a pug herself, but she finds peace, happiness and relaxation in watching the pugs romp and spin around without a care in the world. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ¿For Holly Golightly, there was always Tiffany¿s,¿ Hope says in the book¿s opening paragraph. ¿No matter what was going wrong in her life, she always had Tiffany¿s. For me, there¿s always Pug Hill.¿ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . But even Pug Hill can¿t provide the solace Hope craves when she breaks up with the squash-playing Evan and decides to finally face her fear of public speaking by signing up for a course called Overcoming Presentation Anxiety, which meets on Thursday nights for the next six weeks. Her classmates are wacky 'and one is even a cute guy!', and with the help of frequent visits to Pug Hill and a few embarrassments in class, Hope begins to discover a faith in herself that she never knew she had. Admirably, Pace doesn¿t make the class a cure-all, and Hope is still mired in many of her old insecurities, but watching her grow is refreshing. Readers will find themselves cheering Hope on as she attempts to work through her doubts and fears. . . . . . . . . . . . . Pace, the author of IF ANDY WARHOL HAD A GIRLFRIEND 'one of my favorite books!', has written an incredibly insightful book that is more about self-confidence, family struggles, dating and the issues that confront us all than it is about Hope herself or the specific obstacles she has to face. She has a uniquely singular writing style, and the inner voice that she gives Hope will resonate with anyone who has ever dealt with any sort of insecurity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The ending, too, is perfectly written, surprising and satisfying. . . . . . . . . . . . . . This book is a must-read. Holly Golightly may have had Tiffany¿s, and Hope McNeill may have had her place in Central Park where the pugs roam. But for me, when I need to feel a little comforted, I¿ll always have Alison Pace¿s PUG HILL.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Pug Hill

    I picked this book up not only because I'm a dog lover, but because I loved Alison Pace's first book, IF ANDY WARHOL HAD A GIRLFRIEND. I was not disappointed! Same smart, funny writing and a lovable protagonist that I rooted for all the way through. Great read. Can't wait for her next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    Pug Hill

    It's funny, charming and -- long after I'd finished reading it -- I still think about the characters/story. I'd love it even if it wasn't set in NYC. Highly reccommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Free ipad

    Kiss ur hands write in three difrent books look under pellow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Pugs rule and so does pug hill

    I love pugs and that is what inspired me to read pug hill. It is really funny and it made me think about hope mcneils life is so complicated and the only good thing is dogs and pug hill becuase she loves pugs but doesnt have one of her own. A sweet, great book. A must read full of humor and pugs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Read the sequel

    It wasn't a terrible book, in fact the parts about pugs were wonderful, but this book was somewhat poorly written and needs a good edit. And there was so much extra petty stuff that I didn't care about like the public speaking and pining for her taken coworker. You're far better off just getting the sequel, A Pug's Tale, which does continue some of the things in this book but functions just fine as a stand-alone and is truly a book about pugs. It was also much better written without tons of fluff like this one. All in all, Pug Hill was ok. And yes, I own a pug myself :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    PUGS

    I have 2 pugs and i read this book and I loved it i just lost my pug and we got 2 more.I LOVE PUGS.
    LETS GO RED SOX
    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO yankees!!!!!!!!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Hi

    Best book ive ever read! I literally cant put it down! I love pugs and im thrilled to find a book with them. Really, get the book! Allison Pace is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    Not Worth Your Time

    As a pug owner myself I just had to read this book but I found that I was very bored and just wasn't that into it.It wasn't as good as I hoped.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2007

    Take a Pass on this One

    I do enjoy dogs but am not a die hard dog lover but if I were this book wouldn't have done much for me. The chick lit angle was not achieved that successfully here either because the main character was just not that likeable. It is difficult to enjoy a book if you do not care what happens to the characters in the book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    Pug Hill

    I wasn't going to post this but then I felt I should so there would be a fair spread of reviews across the board. I want to be honest so that you will know what you are getting and not be fooled into thinking this is something it's not. I agree with what others have said. While it had it's moments, this is not the best example of dog writing I've read before and I don't know how it got so many great reviews. Are these people not dog lovers? The parts that talk about pugs and Pug Hill are few and far between. It would have been better with more dogs and less stupidity about the character's love life. Greatly disappointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    Pug Hill

    Great chick lit!! I love chick lit and I love dogs and this book fit the bill! Nice, fast paced story. It's not all about pugs, as I thought it would be from the cover and the title but pugs are involved in the story as well as other dogs and there's a good human story there as well!! It's a nice story, it's not ALL about dogs, but it will make you want to hug your pup when you are done reading it. Enjoy!

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