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The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs Hardcover – October 30, 2012

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The title says it all. It’s from the New Yorker! It’s about dogs! It has a foreward by hot author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, 2008)! And, of course, it has wonderful cartoons! This marvelous collection of essays, stories, short humor pieces, drawings, poems—and cartoons—could not have come from any other source but the New Yorker. What other publication has enough good stuff in the vaults to begin each section (“Good Dogs,” “Bad Dogs,” “Top Dogs,” and “Underdogs”) with a piece by James Thurber? Also included are such tidbits as a Roald Dahl story about an attempted fiddle at a greyhound race; Susan Orlean on Rin Tin Tin; Ogden Nash’s ode “For a Good Dog”; a piece on dog whisperer Cesar Millan by Gladwell; an Arthur Miller coming-of-age story involving sex and a puppy; and Anne Sexton’s poem on having to love her beloved’s old dog. Scattered throughout are doggy magazine covers, artwork, photographs, and the iconic cartoons. A must-have. --Nancy Bent

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“The title says it all. It’s from the New Yorker! It’s about dogs! . . .  And, of course, it has wonderful cartoons. . . . Marvelous . . . A must-have.”—Booklist

“Do you have a dog lover in your family or circle of friends?  Do you need to get them a holiday gift?  Look no further.  The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs is a terrific book. . . . Big in dimension, quantity and quality.”—Forbes.com

“I usually hate anthologies. . . . But this one works triumphantly. . . . Above all it works because there is tremendous writing. Because of the amused insouciance, the self-deprecation, the gentle unfolding of a structural irony, the skip and reveal of the final sentence, the knowledge of Not Too Much that seems intrinsic to the New Yorker. And cartoons.”—Edmund De Waal, The Spectator
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067964475X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679644750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By John T. Williams on November 14, 2012
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I am a sucker for most things that deal with dogs, and then add the New Yorker, makes for a witty, sly, funny combination. Everything in this book is sourced from the monumental material printed over the years from the New Yorker, a treasure trove of all things smart, funny, socially relevant. Some of the best cartoons on social commentary ever printed come from the New Yorker, and the best cartoons about dogs and our relationship with them. (My favourite cartoon is by Charles Addams, page 247, few are better than he.) It also contains wonderful essays by John Cheever, Ronald Dahl, Ogden Nash, Anne Sexton and many others. A great addition for any book lover, or gift for a dog lover, and if you are both, even better!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Busko VINE VOICE on December 12, 2012
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Flipping through this book, it becomes quite clear that the New Yorker is a time capsule of sorts. Look through a copy of The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs and you'll see what I mean.

Beyond that, who can't love cartoons about man's best friend? Add to that great essays by some of the nation's best thinkers and you have a winner.

I looked at this in a bookstore and read a great deal of it. Wouldn't this make a great Christmas gift? Hint! Hint! Hint!

Peace to all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David D Reese on January 5, 2013
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This is a good gift for dog lovers of all ages. The red cover attracted my attention first; the book looked especially festive as a Christmas gift. It induced big smiles when unwrapped!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Skey on November 3, 2013
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Bought as a gift, but I read it first. You've got to really love dogs to enjoy this whole book, or maybe read a chapter here and there over the course of a few months, but it's all dog, and that's alot of dog!! Still, some very touching stuff, some just cute, others quite a stretch to be amusing and/or interesting. Older articles, which evidently were once the talk of the town, seem horribly dated (e.g. Thurber to me has always been a mystery.) But each to his own. If you adore dogs, you will at least enjoy most of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ioanna Damia on January 15, 2013
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I love this filling book! Fantastic articles about dogs in the unique New Yorker style!
Only wish it had more cartoons.
Any dog lover will love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aristillus on January 28, 2014
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I've thoroughly enjoyed the short stories and cartoons in this book so I'm not going to ding it on content. But I do have a tip: don't get the Kindle version. It really doesn't lend itself very well to Kindle, it's more of a book to thumb through stopping here and there when something catches your eye. To really see the cartoons you'll need to use the Kindle app on a computer or iPad, they're not so great in small black & white. At this point I'm not going to spring for a hard copy but I'm really sorry I didn't get that in the first place.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By janice murphy on December 8, 2012
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A lover of letters and litters!! An amazing variety of perspectives about one of my favorite topics...dogs...our most beloved companions!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Peterson on August 14, 2013
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With all the great writers who have graced the pages of the magazine, plus all the cartoons and the plus of so many unforgettable Covers, you will love every page of this really worthwhile book. Great to keep and a perfect book as a gift for everyone who loves dogs!
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