Leave the Dogs at Home: A Memoir

Leave the Dogs at Home: A Memoir

by Claire S. Arbogast

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253017192
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 07/03/2015
Series: Break Away Books Series
Edition description: Break Away Book Club Edition
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Claire Arbogast is a graduate of Indiana University. She gardens, walks with dogs, and writes in Bloomington, Indiana. Her website is www.ClaireArbogast.com

Table of Contents

1 The Fullness
2 Survivor
3 Waterloo
4 Terminal Restlessness
5 Buzzing
6 Line of Salt
7 Drainage
8 Consilience
9 Balancing Concentrate
10 Swoop
11 The In Between
12 The Point of Surrender
13 The Shitty Truth
14 Fumes
15 Finding Boxerwood
16 Crabbottom Grits
17 Peripheral Vision
18 Six Years Later: New Tricks

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Creative Director, Women Writing for (a) Change of Bloomington, IN - Beth Lodge-Rigal

Leave the Dogs at Home mines the messy, graceful territory of life lived in the midst of upheaval; the roughness and tenderness of it all. Sharp and engaging, this beautiful memoir invites us to think about resilience and reconnection with the strongest parts ofSelf.

Managing Director, Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden - Bruce W. Bytnar

Life, just as a garden, does not have to be perfect and neat to be complete. Leave the Dogs at Home serves as a prime example of how a humble experience in the outdoors can come to our aid in times of need and healing.

author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul - Bob Shacochis

By the time I finished reading Leave the Dogs at Home, I felt sure I was holding a future classic. The best thing about Claire Arbogast, besides her wonderful writing, is her hard-headed sense of intimacy and her stubborn determination to live a life of love—whatever craziness and jury-rigging that might require from the heart.

author ofSpace: A MemoirandMy Life as a Silent Movie - Jesse Lee Kercheval

Leave the Dogs at Homeis a memoir for and about adults and their very real lives. Claire and Jim take nearly a lifetime to move into marriage only to discover Jim has terminal cancer. But this is not so much a book about grief as it is about love. Readers will share that love and arrive at the end both stronger and wiser.

author of Showers Brothers Furniture Company: The Shared Fortunes of a Family, a City, and a Univers - Carrol Krause

Claire Arbogast's deeply moving memoir records with honesty and clarity how she managed to move forward with her life despite the death of her husband. Her story beautifully depicts the aftermath of deep personal loss.

author of This Is Only a Test - B.J. Hollars

In this stunning debut, Claire Arbogast infuses death with life, giving readers both the gut-punch of grief as well as the warmth of a life well lived. Candid, powerful, and unrelenting, Arbogast’s pain becomes our pain, and her love becomes our love.

Aging to Sage-ing Facilitator - Gwen Bottoms

This very personal memoir is a gift of insightful reflection on how weathering difficult situations and transitions can help us grow and transform and blossom again. The vivid imagery and flowing words were a healing balm. Claire Arbogast has had the courage to find her voice, her true being, and share it.

author of Looking for Jack Kerouac - Barbara Shoup

Claire Arbogast rewrites the stages of grief in this raw, sometimes unsettling, always compelling memoir that takes us backward and forward in time from the moment her intense, complicated husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Leave the Dogs at Home challenges the conventional wisdom about love, marriage, loss, survival, and grace in ways that are bound to make you think about your own life.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to preface this review: the author gave me a copy of this book. We have been in and out of one another's lives since 1970, through births, divorces, and deaths. She knows I will give an honest review. The writing is as honest as l have ever read, as honest as Claire. Her "church" was always her garden and she was always happiest with her hands in the dirt. This comes through loud and clear in this, her debut outing. The sense of intimacy--as well as frustration--shines from every page. The determination to live life on her own terms is evident, even when she was navigating the corporate jungle. This memoir is at times touching and other times heart breaking, but always superb writing. Reading about her life with Jim, her journey through grief, and the eloquence of her words made me wish the book was longer. Terrific read! Diane in JAX