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I'm Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man's Best Friend from America's Favorite Humorists Paperback – September 6, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234582
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sept. 2011 Indie Next List 
 "Dog lovers who read this will find solace in knowing that there are others out there having experiences just like their own, both frustrating and funny. This is the perfect book to curl up with, that is if your dog hasn't already taken your spot in the bed!"- Morgan Kiedrowski, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon,WI

"Dogs are indeed, our best friends. This book celebrates the special -- and often hilarious --bonds that develope between us. It will make you laugh, and touch your heart."
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

  With a "Paw Foreword" by Chelsea Handler's dog, the anthology includes writings by Jen Lancaster, Alec Mapa, Rita Mae Brown, Bob Smith, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, W. Bruce Cameron and others. A great holiday gift for pet lovers, which I give five full stars out of five. 
Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

Barnes & NobleTop 3 Books for Dog Lovers
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Celebrating man's/woman's best friend, a great book that put a spotlight on our four-legged furry friends.
Ready to LOL your dog-lovin' booty off? Well, I'm Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship by memoirist Wade Rouse will have you LOL'ing until you're COL'ing (crying out loud).


It is only Aug. but this is a great idea for a stocking stuffer for the upcoming holidays. It is so logical that Rouse was chosen to edit this book and if you have ever read him you know that he also has a wonderful sense of humor. You can't help but smile as you read.
Read more about the book on my blogg reviewsbyamoslassen.com/?p=8668
Amos Lasson

From the Author

My life has been defined by dogs. I've had six dogs in my life, and each one was different from the other as brother is from sister. But all had a few
things in common. They were all rescue dogs who loved me unconditionally,
and taught me to love without limit."


--WADE ROUSE

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Any person who is a dog lover will adore this book.
Mary Anne Beasley
I totally loved this book just as I have all the other books written by Wade Rouse.
Colleen Rae
Made me laugh out loud, made me cry - made me hug my dog.
Steph

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on September 9, 2011
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Did you know that the last Sunday in April is actually "National Pet Parents Day?" Not a surprising revelation, considering the growing trends of dogs and other pets becoming an integral part of what constitutes a "family" in our society today.

The very funny Wade Rouse has gotten together a group of twenty fellow authors, comedians and humorists, about half of them gay or lesbian, and gotten them to talk about their relationship with their canine companions, current or past. The result is this clever, amusing and occasionally poignant anthology, showing just how otherwise-logical, responsible people can approach insanity in dealing with their dogs, most of them shelter rescues. We learning that "training" is a two-way street, worry about our pups being accepted by their peers at doggie daycare, compromise on sleeping arrangements, and - for a partner who isn't crazy about the dog - make it clear that an "It's me or the dog!"-ultimatum would likely result in a response he wouldn't like.

With a "Paw Foreword" by Chelsea Handler's dog, the anthology includes writings by Jen Lancaster, Alec Mapa, Rita Mae Brown, Bob Smith, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, W. Bruce Cameron and others, as well as Rouse. Rouse is also donating 10% of the royalties from the book to The Humane Society of the United States. A great holiday gift for pet lovers, which I give five full stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Hubbard on October 14, 2011
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I would be careful who you share or give this book to. It might offend some, even the most dyed-in-the-wool dog lovers.I struggled through to see if I could finish it and gave it away. More about the owners than the dogs is all I can say. Good effort and "good" reviews by most.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Youn, MD on September 9, 2011
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Like most people, I have a dog. His name is Theodore, and he's as much a part of my family as my kids. If you, like me, love your dog, you're going to love this book. I'm a big fan of Wade Rouse ("It's All Relative" is a scream!), and this book does not disappoint. Full of laughs, tears, and warm feelings, all pet-lovers should pick up this gem. How can you go wrong with Wade Rouse, Jen Lancaster, and Chelsea Handler?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teena in Toronto on July 29, 2014
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I love dogs and reading stories about dogs!

This is a collection of 21 stories from dog owners about their life with their dogs. There was a foreword by Chelsea Handler's dog, Chunk, and the authors included Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, Beth Harbison and W. Bruce Cameron (there is a bio on each at the end of the book).

Some of the stories were funny and entertaining ... some not so much (I wasn't enjoying their writing style).

All in all, it was a fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James L. Woolridge VINE VOICE on December 21, 2013
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I am a doge person. If you don't know what that is, ask a dog person you meet one day. We are everywhere and I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP by Wade Rouse and other is exciting us. This IS a dog lover's book and a good one. Stories or essay or tidbits about the writer's dogs. Funny, poignant, and of course true. I read this book in a day and found I had lived the same scenes in my life with my dogs. If you are a dog person ..hurry...fetch this book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sitandread on July 17, 2013
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WADE ROUSE CAN REALLY GET RIGHT TO THE HEART AND SOUL OF A SUBJECT.
HIS LOVE FOR HIS DOGS COMES THROUGH SO PROFOUNDLY, I HAD TO WIPE TEARS MORE THAN ONCE.
I LOVED THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK, BUT IT DID WEAR ON A BIT THIN AS IT WENT ON.
I DO ENJOY WADE'S STYLE OF WRITING. VERY TALENTED. WILL CONTINUE TO READ HIS WORK.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steph on September 10, 2011
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If you have a dog you love, or love a dog you've had - you'll love this book! If you don't have a dog, you'll want to run right out and get one. A collection of feel-good stories from amazing authors who also love their furry four-legged friends. Made me laugh out loud, made me cry - made me hug my dog. All that and a generous contribution of sale proceeds to a great cause: U.S. Humane Society. Buy this book and spend an afternoon remembering "Man's (and Woman's) Best Friend". Bring the tissues.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By atibamanii on November 9, 2011
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Author Wade Rouse is billed on the cover of this book as a "critically acclaimed memoirist," and I have to admit my ignorance because, not only had I never heard of Wade Rouse, I had also never heard of a "memoirist." Guess I need to get out more! It's all Relative, another book by Mr. Rouse, has a familiar ring to it, so I'm thinking that this was probably an author that I meant to read, maybe put on my to-read later list, or simply made a note to self to read, then didn't get around to it.

As for this book, it is a sometimes great read for those of us who have had a dog or two in our lives. I say sometimes because, like all books by multiple authors, you may find some of the stories funny and interesting, but you will also find others that don't speak to you in the least, like the Rita Mae Brown story of Idler, who "came to me in 1994 from the late Mrs. Paul Summers, Jr., MFH, of Farmington Hunt Club..." I'm not a big one on hunting dogs of any kind, or the way that they are kenneled and used. But that's just me.

I did relate to Jane Green's Doberman story, the 120 pounder who could get any piece of food from any height, and who easily intimidated "sketchy-looking men in hoodies." My last lab-mix, at 130 pounds, put many an "iffy" guy on the other side of the street for me, and could eat an entire box of doughnuts from atop the kitchen cabinet and close the lid when finished, so that when you came home you opened to an empty box!

Every dog owner, or former owner, has at least one story to tell. It's a bit like being a parent and bragging to the other parents. This is what I'm not the biggest bitch... is doing, telling dog stories to other dog people; it probably won't be appreciated by cat or bird or no pet people. Woven into some of the dog stories are humorous and realistic stories of gay couples that you don't expect in a book about dogs. An overall enjoyable and quick read that will make you smile.
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