Dog Years: A Memoir

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Dog Years: A Memoir

by Mark Doty

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | March 31, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Dog Years: A Memoir is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he brings home Beau, a large, malnourished golden retriever in need of loving care. Joining Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family, Beau bounds back into life. Before long, the two dogs become Doty''s intimate companions, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days.

Dog Years is a poignant, intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about living, love, and loss.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 in

Published: March 31, 2008

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061171018

ISBN - 13: 9780061171017

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A moving book I rarely step into the world of the memoir unless I've met someone who inspires me to give it a shot. I heard Mark Doty speak at this year's Saints and Sinners in New Orleans, and nabbed this book immediately thereafter. The book is clever - at first you believe you'll be reading "just" a story about the life of this one particular dog, but it's very quickly obvious that this dog, like all dogs, has woven his way into every part of the lives of his people, and the story widens and narrows in scope throughout the lifetime of this lovely animal. In parts touching, in parts funny, in parts gut-wrenchingly honest, and everything in between, I was not expecting this book to go to all the places it went. Doty's gentle way of nudging just enough of a description into your lap that the memoir comes alive is quite deft. Dogs live shorter lives than we do, and this slice of Doty's life, told only while this animal was his companion, is an interesting way to tell a part of his own tale. Events unfolding in Doty's life seem reflected in the loving eyes of his dog, and there's a kind of counterpoint that results that is quite charming. The dog steals the show, of course, but one is left with the impression that Doty wouldn't have it any other way.
Date published: 2008-05-26

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Dog Years: A Memoir

by Mark Doty

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 in

Published: March 31, 2008

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061171018

ISBN - 13: 9780061171017

About the Book

"Dog Years" is a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on feelings for animals and the lessons they teach about life, love, and loss. Doty writes about the heart wrenching vulnerability of dogs, the positive energy and joy they bring, and the gift they bear of unconditional love.

From the Publisher

When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he brings home Beau, a large, malnourished golden retriever in need of loving care. Joining Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family, Beau bounds back into life. Before long, the two dogs become Doty''s intimate companions, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days.

Dog Years is a poignant, intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about living, love, and loss.

About the Author

Mark Doty'sbooks of poetry and nonfiction prose have been honored with numerous distinctions, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, in the United Kingdom, the T. S. Eliot Prize. In 2008, he won the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems. He is a professor at the University of Houston, and he lives in New York City.