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“I'm not entirely certain whether Alexandra Horowitz's Being a Dog has made me want to buy a dog or morph into one—but I do know that it was magical. Horowitz has crafted an utterly engrossing, witty, finely-observed narrative that will make you look at the power of the nose in a wholly new way.”
—Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
"An incredible journey into the olfactory world of man's best friend."
"Like a Mary Roach but with a solid scientific background to her credit, Horowitz is a skilled investigative reporter who takes readers into unfamiliar worlds, shares her experiences there, asks probing questions, and makes those worlds come alive. Dog owners curious about the lives of their pets will savor this book, but it deserves a wider audience than just animal lovers."
"Fascinating...Horowitz combines the expertise of a scientist with an easy, lively writing style."
—The New York Times Book Review
“Horowitz…explores the way dogs experience the world in this rich and absorbing examination of noses and scents…Both dog lovers and pop science readers will want to stick their noses in this book, and they may find themselves using their noses, like Horowitz and dogs everywhere, to experience the world more vividly.”
"I have fresh appreciation for [my dog's] sniffing behavior."
—The New York Times
"Becoming more doglike, not surprisingly, can make anyone’s life a little more vivid."
"A delight for dog lovers and anyone who enjoys the smell of breakfast, crayons, rich earth, fresh-baked cookies, and yes, even dogs. . . . Being a Dog is one great book to sniff out."
“Spellbinding...This book will stay with you long after you’ve finished it.”
—Forbes, “The 10 Best Popular Science Books of 2016”
About the Author
- ASIN : B01CO34JHU
- Publisher : Scribner; Illustrated edition (October 4, 2016)
- Publication date : October 4, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2065 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #659,549 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wrong. About a quarter of the pages are about canine sense of smell. This is mostly the author's story of her journey to improve her own sense of smell. I wish that the book's description had been more honest.
Dogs can actually smell at 200 mph (pick out thousands of discrete smells at super high air volume? What a concept!
Top reviews from other countries
If I am honest, there is some repetition between Inside a Dog and Being a Dog because the first book dealt with smell as part of it's content so some of the author's charming turns of phrase had already been used in the earlier work. However, this is such an in depth look at a dog's sense of smell and that sense is so important to them that it was easy to forgive this even more insightful look if it was occasionally a little repetitive.
It's such a wonderful and easily-to-read way of getting to see the world through your dog's nose that I can see it being a great read for anyone who wants to know a little bit more about what it means to be a dog.