A book of essays by award-winning author and journalist David W. Berner is the next best thing to storytelling around a bonfire. In "There's a Hamster in the Dashboard," Berner shares stories of "a life in pets"-from a collie that herds Berner home when the author goes "streaking" through the neighborhood as a two-year-old, to a father crying in front of his son for the only time in his life while burying the family dog on the Fourth of July. And from the ant farm that seems like a great learning experience (until the ants learn how to escape), to the hamster that sets out on its own road trip (but only gets as far as the dashboard). Along the way, Berner shows that pets not only connect us with the animal world, but also with each other and with ourselves. The result is a collection of essays that is insightful and humorous, entertaining and touching.
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If you like pets, you'll enjoy this book. The author shares stories from his own life of the pets he and his family have had going all the way back to his childhood. The pets include typical pets like dogs, cats, and gerbils, and also unusual pets like an ant farm, a box turtle, and a wolf spider. Along the way, the author shares the lessons he learned. Some are humorous, others are more thoughtful/serious. The end result is "a life in pets," and a very nice little book.