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The Pig and I

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Funny, heartfelt, and irreverent, The Pig and I follows the hilly course of author Rachel Toor's romantic life as she falls in love with a series of pets and in and out of love with an equally eclectic string of men, many of whom bear a striking resemblance to the animals, both in looks and temperament.
From Prudence, a sweet white lab mouse who hates Rachel’s sweet, mousy actor-boyfriend Charlie, to Emma the pig, a fifty-pound force of nature that Rachel coparents with her ...
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Overview

Funny, heartfelt, and irreverent, The Pig and I follows the hilly course of author Rachel Toor's romantic life as she falls in love with a series of pets and in and out of love with an equally eclectic string of men, many of whom bear a striking resemblance to the animals, both in looks and temperament.
From Prudence, a sweet white lab mouse who hates Rachel’s sweet, mousy actor-boyfriend Charlie, to Emma the pig, a fifty-pound force of nature that Rachel coparents with her ex-boyfriend Jonathan, we accompany Rachel as she learns how to bring into her human relationships the same kind of acceptance she so easily extends to her pets. Anyone who knows the comfort of coming home after a disastrous date or day at the office to a wagging tail or a ready purr will find The Pig and I irresistible.
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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“Beautifully written. . . . Any woman who’s ever loved a pet (or ten) will love Toor's memoir.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Missoula Independent
“Witty, reflective, intelligent; as humble as it is irreverent.”—Missoula Independent
The Orlando Sentinel
The Pig and I is a paean to the unconditional love animals give so freely, but people offer so rarely to each other.”—Orlando Sentinel
Los Angeles Times
“An entertaining, moving read. . . . Even if you are not an animal lover (what is wrong with you that you're not?), this book will be of interest.”—Los Angeles Times
The Arizona Republic
“Toor is tender and rhapsodic as she discusses the pets she has lived with. . . . That the animals include a mouse . . . a rat . . . and a pot-bellied pig . . . illustrates her open-mindedness toward creatures, regardless of temperament or looks.”—Arizona Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803225138
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 985,842
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Toor teaches writing at Eastern Washington University and is a columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education and a senior writer for Running Times. She is the author of Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process and Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running (Nebraska 2008). She graduated from Yale University, received an MFA from the University of Montana, and currently lives in Spokane.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2009

    Unexpected Pleasant Surprise!

    I bought this book on a whim because my boyfriend tells me I love the dog more than him. I was so pleasantly surprised with this book! Ms. Toor does a wonderful job of describing her relationships with animals and then using those relationships to help her better understand herself and her human relationships. You can't help, but look at your own life in it's telling. It is a wonderfully entertaining book. I recommend it to anyone (especially women) who love animals as much as or more than people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    I thought this book might be all fluff. I was totally wrong. What a delightful, touching, well written novel. I fell in love with the characters as well as all of the animals. I didn't want the book to end and was so sad when it did.

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