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Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family Hardcover – September 8, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Plaskin (Horowitz), journalist and lower Manhattan resident, shares the delightful story of how his precocious cocker spaniel, Katie, brought him closer to his neighbors and turned an apartment building of strangers into an urban family. Katie charms everyone she comes in contact with: elderly Pearl and Arthur, dog-phobic Ramon, resident macaw Mojo, and Ryan, a motherless two-year old whom Katie befriends, breaking her "no kids" rule. Katie rubs elbows with the rich and famous--Alan King, Leona Helmsley, Peter Jennings, Katharine Hepburn--as she accompanies the author, a former journalist with CNN, on his interviews. She commandeers the television remote control, steals spaghetti, receives a Christmas gift from Ivana Trump, stars as Toto in a play production of The Wizard of Oz, and is the subject of a Page Six item in the New York Post. Aside from her antics and brushes with fame, Katie proves to be a source of comfort after September 11 and when a member of their makeshift family dies. Plaskin™s engaging narration and Katie™s ability to make community will endear this book to readers.
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Praise for KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL:
"Katie is an absolutely delightful story, so much more than a memoir. It is a wise and moving story of love found-and shared on life's journey-and then the inevitable separation. Reading it you will smile even as your eyes sparkle with tears."
-Mary Higgins Clark
"God can appear in many disguises-even as a dog-bringing people together in a spirit of love. All I can say is that I felt 'really good' after reading Glenn's superb book-there can be no higher endorsement."
-Wayne Dyer, New York Times bestselling author
"It is not surprising that Glenn Plaskin's innate talents-his insight and human touch-are wonderfully brought to the forefront in his new book KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL. It's a significant story well worth reading-Glenn has done a terrific job."
-Donald J. Trump
"[Glenn's] story proves that the true and small pleasures in life-friendship, loyalty and trust-are the ones that matter most."
"Katie the cocker spaniel and her human family teach that loving isn't about the bonds of biology, loving is about embracing and caring for each other. Glenn Plaskin's book will touch the heart of anyone who has ever loved a dog."
-Judge Judy Sheindlin
"This is a powerfully compelling story that will capture your heart, about the true meaning of family and the eternal nature of love. Glenn's use of language reveals the soul of a poet."
-Anthony Robbins, entrepreneur, author, and peak performance strategist
"Katie types, she models, she uses a remote, she changes the lives of everyone around her-and she's got a great wardrobe! What dog (other than my own, of course) can do all that? Well Katie can-and it's a fabulous, heartfelt book."
"KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL is an absolute delight, a lovely book, and, of course, I fell in love with that beautiful little blond girl. She is a keeper."
"Katie is a dream come true to the various families living on her floor in a New York apartment. Her heart is so big that she adopts them all, making you wish you were one of them."
-Mary Tyler Moore
"I picked up this book to glance through it and suddenly found myself unable to put it down. This warm, touching, tender and loving memoir is probably the best book I've ever read about a dog. Glenn pulls you into this moving story instantly. Even people who are not crazy about dogs will love this tale."
-Barbara Taylor Bradford
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I admire Mr. Plaskin's ability to tell this deeply emotional story with sensitivity and restraint, humor and humanity. The narrative drew me so naturally into his life and Katie's and his neighbors' lives, I felt like part of the family.
They live in Battery Park City, adjacent to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. His chapters on living through the September 11th attacks bring the unspeakable and unimaginable to life in harrowing detail. This is the first book actually written by someone who lived there about what happened on that day.
Mr. Plaskin does a great service to dog lovers in his chapters on the end of Katie's life. He honestly recounts his painful wrestling with the possibility of euthanasia as Katie's physical suffering increases. Even in her suffering, Katie's irrepressible self shines through some days, making the decision almost impossible. As a dog lover who has been through those same experiences, I felt validated and understood--and less alone in the pain that still lingers.
In the conclusion, Mr. Plaskin writes honestly about the heartbreak of losing the ones we love. But there is hope in the heartbreak, and he illuminates that hope in the simple truth that LOVE REMAINS.
Katie Up and Down the Hall is more than a memoir--it's also a guidebook for authentic living that I'll always keep close at hand.
I recommend this book to everyone who loves dogs, as well as anyone that appreciates the fact that families don't always come in the shape and size of blood relations, but rather, they can be made in the most amazing of ways - and last for always. Thank you so much to Glenn Plaskin for sharing his wondering experiences, his "family" as well as his adorable dog, Katie. Thank you for opening up so completely in the book and sharing with readers the details of what a pet can do for a human's life as well as what "family" is really all about.
The novel explores what family is, and later, through the tragic experience if 9/11, what 'home' really means. I found myself liking the author immensely, turning the pages hoping to discover that he'd found a life partner. This despite the fact that one of the clear messages of the book was that you don't need romantic love to experience fulfilment and happiness. I guess my wish was partly because Katie Up & Down the Hall was also a tale of loss. Just quietly, I think I also fell a little bit in love with the author. Actually, I felt affection for all the characters, and felt I knew them well by the end of the book.
This is a true story, and as such, happily ever after doesn't belong. Rather, people, and happiness, come and go in your life.
If you love dogs, you'll enjoy the detail of Glenn's daily life with Katie. If you have (or have ever had) a dog of your own, you will understand the deep relationship between man and dog that is so beautifully depicted in this book. It would probably be a good idea to keep some tissues close by too. If you're anything like me, you'll cry. A lot.
I've read many books with a similar theme, and Plaskin's is a stand out. It's a well written, engaging story with a heartwarming message.