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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812975464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812975468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Markoe (It's My F—ing Birthday) delivers a light-on-its-paws account of dog-lover Dawn Tarnauer's canine-led quest for love. Twice-divorced Dawn is the product of a fantastically dysfunctional family (Dawn's sister, Halley, is an overly enthusiastic life coach, her mother is a struggling entrepreneur and her former smalltime rockabilly musician father invests "a lot of time into perfecting... authentic fifties outfits"); her dog, Chuck, begins talking to her after dud radio-DJ boyfriend Paxton dumps her. Though other dogs can also suddenly communicate with Dawn (including Johnny Depp, a friend's dog), Chuck remains the leading pooch as he plies his master with sage advice and astute observations—"He seemed humpy," Chuck opines about one suitor; "Who doesn't like puppies? That's psychotic," he muses about Paxton—as she negotiates the standard fare of chick lit (losing her job, getting mixed up with wacky beaus, aiding her friends through their respective crises, finding a place to live). Until, that is, Chuck runs away, forcing Dawn to realize her true love may not be a biped. Off-beat enough to stand out of the pack. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* When her latest boyfriend leaves her for another woman, twice-divorced Angeleno Dawn Tarnauer buries her face in the fur of her mixed-breed canine, Chuck, and cries. The dog, it seems, sensed trouble all along. "I should have said something before," he laments in a gravelly voice. "Couldn't you smell her on his pants?" Has Dawn gone nuts, or is her dog actually talking to her? This latest offering from multiple Emmy winner and one-time David Letterman head writer Markoe (It's My F***ing Birthday, 2002) may be her best yet, delivering the drama, dark humor, and dysfunctional characters that have become the author's cachet. There's Halley, Dawn's dim, cell phone-addicted sister, determined to succeed in her new career as a Life Coach (thanks to the encouragement of her friend, convicted-killer Scott Peterson); their woefully nonmaternal mother, Joyce, inventor of the hokey but potentially very profitable Every Holiday Tree; and Dawn herself, a tall, blonde California beauty who feels more comfortable sharing confidences with mongrels than men. Markoe's fans will delight in her hilarious doggy dialogue, as when Chuck enlightens his owner on the topic of urination: "There's two kinds of peeing," he says. "There's regular peeing, because you have to pee. And then there's auxiliary competitive peeing. For acquiring an empire. I'm all about the real estate." Allison Block
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More About the Author

Merrill Markoe graduated from UC Berkeley with a masters degree in art, then went on to use her degree in the most pragmatic way possible by becoming a writer of comedy for assorted venues, including television, movies and magazines,(when there still were magazines.) Along the way she won five Emmys for Late Night with David Letterman and a Writer's Guild Award for HBO's Not Necessarily the News.These days she is STILL writing books and making short films. To learn more than you probably need to know about her, visit Merrillmarkoe.com. And when I say "her", I mean "me." As far as I can tell, I'm the only one writing this.

Customer Reviews

This book is such a fun read.
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I found the characters to be weak and the story-line predictable.
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I could not put the book down and read it in one sitting!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Aslen on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this hilarious book in one sitting, laughing out loud and even snorting at times.

If you ever loved a dog, and talked to it, and wondered what all the whines meant, and what on earth they were doing, here's a highly entertaining book, especially from someone who always watched her own dog's reaction every time a new guy came into her life.

I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Molly on September 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Markoe's writing is lovely, and so easy to tangle yourself up in. It flows nicely, and keeps you interested at all times.

Her characters are well developed... each one showing their quirky imperfections at just the right moment.

The dogs are fabulous. I can't even count the number of times I caught myself thinking that my own dog would absolutely say some gof the things Markoe wrote about if she could only talk. Fortunately, my dog cannot talk, which made reading about a woman who converses with her dog that much more entertaining.

I highly recommend this book, and fully intend to run out and buy another of Markoe's works as soon as possible.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neil Glasser on January 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
amusing, with a decent story line. the dogs have some good insights. would have preferred to hear more from them and less from the humans in the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Being a dog lover (2 Great Danes) I was first intrigued by the title of this book. After reading it, I am so glad I did! It is such fun to be able to pick up a really good book just for the enjoyment of it, and not have to worry about the "whos" and "whys" behind the writing. After all, isn't that what books are supposed to do? Entertain us?
I worked at a bookstore for 3 years, and was asked for referrals of good reads daily. This was one of my top referrals after I'd read it. If you want plain enjoyment, read this. My hat is off to the author, and I can't wait to read more books written by her!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Jess on March 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to start out by saying - if you like dogs, read this book. But hang in there -- you have to get through the first 1/4 or so of the book which wasn't nearly as enjoyable & fun as the rest of the book. In the beginning the author sets up her life situation and introduces family members & friends, which can be a little lengthy at times. But once the dogs start talking I couldn't set the book down. An absolute delight, highly recommended!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Athena MarZ on November 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on a whim after reading a review of it in a magazine at the hair salon. The idea of a book about a woman who can talk to her dog intrigued me.

I ended up having to special order it from my local bookstore, but it was definately worth the wait. Got it just in time for a Holiday road trip.

It's a fast read, but very entertaining. You will most definately laugh out loud at this one. The dogs are hillarious. I love the how they talk like us, where in most books it's usually very preschoolish language, these dogs have a fabulous vocabulary making it all the more entertaining.

I will warn you, there's a lot of cursing so if you're not a fan of that kind of language keep that in mind.

I love Dawn's crazy family and her tragic romances.

If you're a fan of dogs or animals in general you most definately have to get this book!
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful By melissa on March 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is such a fun read. I love the author's fabulous sense of humor, as well as her unique ability to write exactly what one suspects a dog would say! The story is very witty and enjoyable. I couldn't put the book down.

The only reason I gave this four stars instead of five is because Paxton drove me nuts. Our protagonist is such a delight and has a lot of brains. Okay, she's suffered through some bad relationships and she didn't want to give up too early, but come on! I don't want to give away the ending. I just want to say that I think that Dawn is smarter than to have given him so much time!

I look forward to reading the other novels by Merrill Markoe!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Serious Reader on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Merrill Markoe has hit the nail on the head - the advice that the brilliant Chuck provides always rings true. You need to be willing to suspend your disbelief in order to enjoy this book, but if you're looking for a light and entertaining weekend read, this is the book for you.
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