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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: John F. Blair, Publisher (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895875977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895875976
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love this book and Nell Dickerson's handsome photographs. I can't think of a better way to celebrate and honor the love of dogs than through Nell's lens." -From the foreword by Robert Hicks, author of Widow of the South

"Porch Dogs is one of the most endearing books on dogs I have seen in a long while. Nell Dickerson's photography is beautiful and charming. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end!" -Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

"A glorious celebration of how we lovingly imagine dogs to be." -John Bradshaw, author of Dog Sense and In Defence of Dogs

"Nell Dickerson's Porch Dogs is a wonderful tribute to two of the most endearing personalities in the culture of mankind porches and dogs. Spending time turning its pages is a bit like taking a quiet and sweet journey to places of memory that rest comfortably in one's soul." --Terry Kay, author of To Dance With the White Dog and The Book of Marie

"There is the feel of an Edward Hopper painting about some of the photographs. Ms. Dickerson has captured the lonely guardians looking mournfully at the camera in front of abandoned buildings and it is almost as if the dogs are aware that they are the last of a dying breed. Other photographs evoke more surreal art; for example, a dog in the window of an art gallery has an air of disconcerting artificiality to it … These photographs are rooted in a place that is so obviously the southern United States, and they speak of a past grandeur and the homely comfort of open air living on the porch." --Declan O'Neill, New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Nell Dickerson holds degrees in anthropology, film, and architecture from, respectively, Southern Methodist University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of New Mexico. Her photographs have appeared in juried and gallery exhibitions around the United States. She also maintains a parallel career working on feature films in animation, lighting, art direction, and set design. Nell porch-sits in Memphis, Tennessee, with her female Yorkshire terrier, Teeny Baby.

More About the Author

Photographer and architect Nell Dickerson began her exploration of antebellum homesteads with encouragement from her cousin-in-law, renowned Civil War historian and novelist, Shelby Foote. Her passion for forgotten and neglected buildings is manifested in "GONE: A photographic Plea for Preservation," (BelleBooks 2011) the first book in a series to capture and preserve the rich culture of the South.

Her second book, "Porch Dogs," (John F. Blair, Publisher 2013) explores the lost tradition of Porch Sitting as preserved by our dogs. This beautiful collection of environmental portraits of dogs and their historic porches is available wherever books are sold.

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Love my dog, love my porch and love this book !!
Carol Nolan
Ant dog lover will like this on a cottage or cabin coffee table.
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I bought this book for a friend for her birthday.
Lowcountry girl

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Nolan on May 6, 2013
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Love my dog, love my porch and love this book !! Porch Dogs is a beautiful, lazy day book that just makes ya feel good!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lowcountry girl on May 4, 2013
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I bought this book for a friend for her birthday. We live in the South and growing up we were used to porch dogs. They had a pretty good life because there were other porch dogs to rally with and the people who frequented the porches. It was a nice life for us all. My dogs live in the house with me, they would not want to live on the porch at this point and won't even stay on the deck very long with me. Life has changed but this book is a beautiful tribute to porches and pooches and our Southern way of life that A/C changed forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walker VINE VOICE on February 13, 2014
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There are 100 great, slice-of-Southern-life photos in this lovely book. There is the occasional human subject, but the dogs are the star, a propos given the title. There are dogs on porches, dogs on docks, dogs in shops, and dogs under homes. There are pedigreed dogs and those of more modest origins. The dogs are surrounded by colorful Southern settings, say, a porch in Mississippi or a dock in Florida or a bar facade in New Orleans. I love the photos and the captions, and I'm very happy to have found this book and have it in my collection. Looking at it just makes me feel good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PersianRug on February 18, 2014
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This is a wonderful book. The photography is excellent, the subjects are fantastic ~ the dogs, of course, always stellar; the human beings, and their accoutrements, a bonus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smm on February 16, 2014
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Gave a number of these as gifts. Every single recipient has given me positive feedback. Wonderful dog photos in it. Ant dog lover will like this on a cottage or cabin coffee table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WM on September 17, 2013
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A wonderful and charming book that tells a story of the South through these loyal companions of man! From the cute to the wise, every dog has a name and a story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thunder on July 31, 2013
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Cute book for animal lovers. Pretty photography and subject matter. I bought one for myself and another for a friend. it is a great gift idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sobelle53 on July 19, 2013
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what a great coffee table book for anyone who loves dogs. It shows how people all over the country love their dogs.
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