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Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and novelist Quindlen has recently met with tremendous success in the realm of short nonfiction with an inspirational and motivational bent. Recounting the life and death of her beloved Labrador retriever, Beau, she follows the same pattern. Quindlen masters a calm, thoughtful radio-essay style of delivery that nicely fits the introspective nature of her material, which includes some powerful ruminations on aging and mortality. Yet as a 45-minute stand-alone offering, the recording lacks the weight of a dramatic center, since Quindlen devotes such a large chunk of the fleeting allotment of time to setting the stage on the front end and offering reflection in conclusion. Somehow, it seems as though a two-for-one arrangement similar to the 2005 audiobook release pairing Quindlen's Being Perfect and A Short Guide to a Happy Life might have allowed for a broader and more fully realized sense of her unique gift for deeply personalized narrative.
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ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of five bestselling novels (Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue), and six nonfiction books (Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, How Reading Changed My Life). She has also written two children's books (The Tree That Came to Stay, Happily Ever After). Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.
Author Anna Quindlen thinks and writes with my mindset. Her books are a joy to read and the word pictures she forms help the reader to be in the same room feeling the same... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy H. Wright aka "Auntie Artichoke"
Good Dog. Stay. is a short book of sentimental reflections about the relationships between dogs and their human families and how families face the inevitable end-of-life decisions... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Book Club Mom
I loved this book and found it incredibly touching. A must read for all mans best friend owners who are forced to say goodbye. Read morePublished 6 months ago by selective reader
A eulogy for a beloved dog and a wise essay on life. I found some of the reviews that focused on the cost, the length, the number of photos (too many or not enough) appropriate dog... Read morePublished 7 months ago by newfiecolleen
What a disappointment! Took me 20 minutes to read this essay! This item should be priced accordingly. I unfortunately paid $9.99.Published 7 months ago by Heather Hensley
I loved every second of this book; especially being a lab lover myself! My dog Misha looked like your black lab on the cover; which drew my attention to your story!Published 10 months ago by Michelle Audino
I enjoyed reading "Good Dog. Stay". I am a fan of Anna Quindlen and appreciate her style of writing. She is very talented and is able to touch the human soul. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mama Cass Elliot