Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dogby Steven Winn
Steven Winn and his wife, Sally, held out for as long as they could. When the San Francisco couple finally gave in to their only child Phoebe's pleas for a dog, they adopted a scraggly terrier mutt from a local animal shelter. The new family pet, Como, turned out to hate men—especially the author—and proved to be a cunning escape artist. Traumatized, single-minded,
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Steven Winn and his wife, Sally, held out for as long as they could. When the San Francisco couple finally gave in to their only child Phoebe's pleas for a dog, they adopted a scraggly terrier mutt from a local animal shelter. The new family pet, Como, turned out to hate men—especially the author—and proved to be a cunning escape artist. Traumatized, single-minded, and exceptionally clever, Como was bent on breaking Winn's sanity and self-respect, his bank account and his heart.
Come Back, Como is the story of one man's hilarious and poignant quest to win the trust of a dog who wanted nothing to do with him. With humor and pathos, Winn describes the maddening but ultimately rewarding effects Como had on his family, the misadventures and ordeals and terrifying events he and his dog endured together, and the greatest lesson Como taught him: that loving a dog can make us more human.
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Steven Winn is an award-winning journalist and fiction writer who spent many years as a staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. A Philadelphia native and founding staff member of the Seattle Weekly, he held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in fiction at Stanford University. His work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, National Lampoon, the New York Times, Parenting, Prairie Schooner, Sports Illustrated, and the Utne Reader. He lives with his family in San Francisco.
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In San Francisco, preadolescent Phoebe Winn harangues her parents Steven and Sally to buy her a dog. Instead, they ignore her pleading and keep buying other pets like goldfish whose life expectancy seemed less than a nanosecond. The couple finally acquiesces to their daughter's non-stop rant. At the local shelter, they adopt a mutt who they name Como. He has two traits: a need to escape human confinement and a bone marrow loathing of males. Como keeps trying to escape and makes it clear he hates Steven regardless of how hard the man worked at gaining the dog's trust and affection. When Come escapes and is hit by a car, a bath-robed Steven takes him to the vet as the canine may want out, but is part of the Winn family. Obviously this warm memoir will remind readers of Marley and Me, and pets of their own (my Max had unrequited love for me, but tolerated my husband, and disliked our son). The pre-Como section is a bit hard on us weak stomach animal lovers as the pets seem to die in rapid prematurity, but adds a sense of genuineness to the true life family drama. Additionally the overall lack of the perspectives of Phoebe and Sally to Como's canine catastrophes and Steven's apparently futile efforts to win his heart would have added a wider view of whether the dog will adopt the Winn brood as his "pets". Still canine lovers will enjoy Como's tale as Steven tries everything in order to win the heart of a dog that seemingly has imprinted on his DNA to hate him. Harriet Klausner
I usually don't review a book unless I give it 5 Stars and even though I rated this one a 4 1/2, I still feel it's worth reading, especially if you like quirky dog books. Como comes from a shelter, a first time dog for this family of 3 living in San Francisco and doesn't particularly like men. If you are looking for something fun to read, pick up a copy. A recommended book, "8 State Hurricane Kate" does not have a picture but it is well worth the read.
My sister loved this book !!!
I read an advanced copy and I just couldn't get into it. Unlike Merle's Door or Marley & Me, I felt like it was just a writer trying to earn a buck by jumping on the canine bandwagon. When I read about an animal I'd like that animal to be remarkable. Neither dog nor man seemed all that remarkable to me. It's clear Steve Winn knows how to write, I just wish he was writing about someone else or telling a story I found compelling. I didn't find the dysfunction of the relationship endearing and I didn't find Mr. Winn to be a character I had sympathy with or even liked all that much. As far as Amy Tan's endorsement goes: is the a friend of the writer's? Otherwise, wondering why she would endorse this book.
I think you made it sound really good!!;)