The Story of Rose (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

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This enhanced eBook edition-containing more than sixty photographs and eight videos (including some exclusive, never-before-seen footage)-gives a vivid and up-close view of the lovable dogs, chickens, donkeys, and sheep of Bedlam Farm.*

From the acclaimed author of A Good Dog, Dog Days, and Going Home comes this eBook original-a poignant memoir that celebrates ...

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Overview

This enhanced eBook edition-containing more than sixty photographs and eight videos (including some exclusive, never-before-seen footage)-gives a vivid and up-close view of the lovable dogs, chickens, donkeys, and sheep of Bedlam Farm.*

From the acclaimed author of A Good Dog, Dog Days, and Going Home comes this eBook original-a poignant memoir that celebrates Jon Katz's beloved border collie, Rose, and their transformative years together.

"I like to say you get the dog you need," Jon Katz writes, "and I don't think any human ever needed a dog more than I needed Rose in the fall of 2003." That year, Katz embarked on a quixotic quest, moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to a sprawling farm in upstate New York to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. And by his side was Rose, his unswervingly loyal and unflappable new dog.

Whether herding sheep on the rolling hillsides, rounding up the neighbors' stray cows, or rescuing lambs on a freezing winter night, Rose had a nimble mind and a great love for work. Never wanting to be coddled, she watched over Bedlam Farm with singular focus and efficiency, protecting Katz and his menagerie from wild coyotes and menacing storms. Yet Rose saved Katz in more ways than he ever imagined. As he struggled to manage the farm's daily dramas-and continued to seek his true sense of purpose-Rose connected him to his deeper humanity and a more authentic life.

With warmth, insight, and emotional honesty, Jon Katz has written a joyful remembrance of a one-of-a-kind dog. The Story of Rose reaffirms the profound bond people share with their pets, and the ways that animals indelibly shape our lives.

"Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. . . . With wisdom and grace, he unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights."-John Grogan, author of Marley & Me

Includes moving excerpts from Going Home, and from Jon Katz's upcoming short-story collection, Dancing Dogs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345542663
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/6/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 125
  • Sales rank: 255,443
  • File size: 108 MB
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Meet the Author

Jon Katz
Jon Katz
A versatile, modern writer about life at the turn of the century, Jon Katz has gone from "suburban mysteries" to cultural criticism to personal memoir. His spirited, often humorous musings have earned him both fans and critics; as he wrote in his last column for the web site HotWired: "If the quality of my work was sometimes uneven, my determination to rant was unwavering."

Biography

"I really don't know anyone in media who's been given the freedom I've had to spout off on a wide range of subjects," Jon Katz wrote in his 1998 farewell column for HotWired. As a writer for web venues such as HotWired and Slashdot, Katz has waxed enthusiastic about Internet culture and championed "geek life." As a contributor to Wired and Rolling Stone, he's written articles on technology, politics and culture. And as a book author, he's penned mystery novels, memoirs and more, at the rate of nearly one per year since 1990.

Katz began his career in traditional media, as a reporter and editor for the Boston Globe and Washington Post and as a producer for the CBS Morning News. His experiences in television became fodder for fiction in his first novel, Sign Off, which Publishers Weekly called "an absorbing, well-paced debut" about the corporate takeover of a television network.

Disenchanted with the world of old media, Katz signed on to the cyber-revolution as a contributor to Wired magazine and its then-online counterpart, HotWired. As pundit and media critic, Katz became a prominent voice of the libertarian, countercultural, freewheeling spirit that prevailed on the Web in its early years. After HotWired underwent a corporate transformation, Katz moved to Slashdot, a free-for-all e-zine that allowed him to continue spouting off on a wide range of subjects (for Katz, "open source" is not just a method of software development, it's a metaphor for free expression).

Meanwhile, Katz began a series of "suburban detective" books featuring private investigator and family man Kit DeLeeuw, who operates out of a New Jersey mall. The intricately plotted mysteries serve as "a framework for the author's musings on suburban fatherhood, a subject on which he is wise and witty and honestly touching," wrote Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times.

In 1997, Katz's digital-age pontifications took book form in Virtuous Reality, which tackled censorship, online privacy and the shortcomings of the media. Katz struck a more personal chord with Geeks (2000), a work of gonzo ethnography that follows two computer-obsessed teenagers and their struggle to escape the Idaho boonies. "Katz's obvious empathy and love for his 'lost boys,' his ability to see shades of his own troubled youth in their tough lives, gives his narrative a rich taste that makes it unlike other Net books," said Salon writer Andrew Leonard.

Katz turned to himself as the subject for a meditation on middle age, Running to the Mountain (2000) which chronicles the three months he spent alone in a dilapidated cabin in upstate New York. The result is "a funny, moving and triumphant voyage of the soul," according to The Boston Globe.

Then there's Katz's other pet subject: dogs. In A Dog Year , Katz writes about a high-strung border collie -- a canine "lost boy" he adopted and gradually bonded with. "Dogs make me a better human," said Katz in an interview. Given his recent contributions to The Bark magazine, dogs may make Katz an even more versatile and prolific writer, if that's possible.

Good To Know

Katz is so persuaded of the power of interactivity that he's refused to have his work printed by publishers unless they'll run his e-mail address with it. His published e-mail addresses include jonkatz@slashdot.org, jonkatz@bellatlantic.net and jonkatz3@comcast.net.

After a Slate writer made a disparaging comment about Katz's basement, Katz wrote a column describing the basement office where he works. Its accoutrements include a wooden cherub, portraits of Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln, and a collection of gargoyles. A Haitian voodoo "frame thingy" (in Katz's words) graces his computer.

In our interview, Katz told us more fun facts: "I see every movie that comes out, usually alone in a megaplex. I love the New York Yankees because they win a lot. My one brilliant move in life was marrying my wife Paula."

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    1. Hometown:
      Montclair, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 8, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Providence, Rhode Island
    1. Education:
      Attended George Washington University and The New School for Social Research

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Reverant musings of a man & his remarkable dog

    This book paints a thoughtful picture of the life that was Rose by the man that loved her best. Beautifully written, it is a joy to follow her life, beginning to end, and leaves the reader wanting more - a truely worthwhile read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Bravo, Jon Katz!

    I just finished reading "The Story of Rose". Loved this book. Great first e-book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    A must read for dog lovers!

    I have read and enjoyed four previous books by Jon Katz and fell in love with Rose in the process. Recently when I "liked" Jon Katz on Facebook, I discovered this wonderful e-book jewel and was able to continue reading about Rose's amazing life. Rose's ability to communicate and to care for all those in her "flock" unconditionally every hour of every day touched me deeply. And of course, Jon Katz brought these stories to life in such a beautiful way ... sometimes I laughed or smiled and sometimes I cried and I must have looked at the photos at least 10 times. Thanks, Jon Katz, for sharing your life so openly with your readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Very heart warming...

    I love this enhanced book. It really added to the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    VERY disappointed that there is no hardcover version. Some of

    VERY disappointed that there is no hardcover version. Some of us still prefer an old fashioned book.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Lovely tribute to a fine working girl.

    Jon does a great job giving us the story of Rose. The additional photos and videos are SUCH a nice addition to the story. Rose was a great dog, and I'm happy to have "known" her through Jon Katz's books and blog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Great book

    Just by reading reviews i already love this book!

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